Fifty Shades Darker: Book Review by Asha Seth

I remember swearing aloud about not reading the next installments in the Fifty Shades series. Thanks to imbecile-irritating-Anastasia-Steele and satyriasis-sadist-Christian-Grey! But I also remember how I loved ranting about reviewing – Fifty Shades of Grey – and I just didn’t have the heart to deny myself that pleasure again. So here goes.

Fifty shades darker
Image Credit: Goodreads

What was tad better-

Anastasia still acts like the immature, imbecile, indecisive college kid but finally, starts using her head, realistically. So, the urge to yell at her on almost every page doesn’t swell you up. She has finally mustered up the courage to stand up to things the way she wants rather than falling for Grey’s sexual fantasies *sighs*!! It is tiny bit relaxing to see her finally have some nerve and life of her own. The repetitive use of cuss slangs by the author only spoil it but not so much as book 1 because you have sort of grown accustomed to it.

What was unbearable –

Though James has managed to impart some peace to her readers’ by leaving out holy cow and holy shit most of the times, she still could not really stop Anastasia from flushing a million times and exclaiming jeez every second that she could, which again is a few hundred times. I would have loved to see Grey the-gazillionaire-top-notch-CEO working and being a little involved in the myriad of businesses he runs rather than just looking for ways to screw Ana.

While Grey struggles to mellow down for Ana, it is difficult to accept the change in his sexual behaivour in terms of all the BDSM fantasies he’s addicted to. James believes in leaving her readers bonkers about that one (for some mysterious reason, he falls in love with her). The sudden introduction of emotions not just one-sided and sex-driven but by the thing called love was unconvincing.

All in all, one thing that changed for good was its evolving nature compared to the first one in the series. But after 2 shitloads of drivel-rich books, I do need some breathing space to go on with Fifty Shades Freed; needless to say, I ain’t expecting a life-changing experience. However, here’s my Fifty Shades of Grey review. I shall soon review the 3rd book too. Watch out this space.

If you happen to read ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ or have already read it, do share your thoughts below.

©The Musing Quill

42 Replies to “Fifty Shades Darker: Book Review by Asha Seth”

  1. I LOVE the trilogy and also the movie. I’m just kinda addicted to it (the books). But it’s nice to see that there are people that didn’t like it as much as I do. I like your review though.


  2. I don’t like the book, more like I don’t mind it. I’ve seen better writing than what James had to offer but I’m not one to judge.( I tried writing a book on wattpad, epic fail😂😂)
    I however didn’t like the movie, I’m not sure whether it’s the script writers or poor casting or the whole plot of the book, idk tbh. I wish they’d find a replacement for Ana, Dakota Johnson makes me cringe everytime she says ‘oh christian’ 😩


    1. I didn’t like the books and I didn’t like the movies. Period. I guess one must not waste their time on trash literature like that especially when there are so many good books that deserve our time. But that’s maybe just me thinking and reflecting.


  3. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!


  4. 😂 😂 😂 😂 you are one of the normal people I know who hate this book. I know some who absolutely love it and I couldnt help but drop them from my ‘good books’. I like smut books, but this is hands down the worst smut series I’ve ever read.
    Good thing you haven’t watched the movies,a mistake I rue making. It’s worse than the books. Now you can imagine just how bad it would have to be inspite of all that sex to be ‘that’ bad.
    Since you’re on a series review, I suppose you’ll have to go through the torture again, twice no less. Or you old just do what I did – read the first and last chapters and burn them 😂


    1. Hahah! That’s one way to deal with bad literature. But since I am loving reviewing it so much, it is only helping me be healthier. I am not someone who rants at people, so doing it virtually, and for something that actually deserves the trash talk makes me feel all the more better.
      The movies are definitely not on my list. Thanks, sweety. It’s always so much fun chatting with you. 🙂


    1. I could second only I usually do end up finishing what I pick up so although cursing myself under my breath, I did manage finishing the series. But many liked the movie better. Did you happen to watch?

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  5. I read them all and I loved them. I decided to not watch the movies for personal and spiritual reasons, but the books were great. I enjoyed them so much. I had never read anything like these books before and I just was amazed and how good they were. It taught me to be more opened minded when it came to books.

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  6. I attempted t o read both books but found both the books and the subsequent films incredibly lame and the character
    Anastacia I found totally sexless, But that is just one mans opinion for what it’s worth!


    1. I’ve read many an erotica. Anais Nin, for instance, wrote with much grace and style. This, however, was a paltry attempt, I felt. But again, many loved it with their hearts.


  7. This series is the worst books I ever read. Since everyone was crazy about it, I bought the entire set and I still regret buying it. Three books but hardly any story. It’s soft porn. I haven’t bothered with the movie adaptations though I love the songs in them.

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    1. Well, I endured through the epic trash collection only for the love of reviewing and also because I really love ranting every now and then and nothing like a bad book to go my swords swinging at. That said, the movie was worse, and I’d rather choose wisely this time over.


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