Original FF: Master of the Universe by Snowqueen's Icedragon
Series: Fifty Shades 1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 514
Language: English
Debut: January 1, 2011
@: GoodReads

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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 37

I know, I know... the fronts of lovers and haters on that one is pretty strong. I can say, I liked it, but I kinda doubt books 2 and 3 will be as good, so I might still damn the whole series after all. Let me find out, and I'll tell you then.

Meeting Christian and Ana, I realized they resemble Edward and Bella very strongly. I know it's a FanFiction, but AU stuff usually comes with some to much OCC, soo... Anyways, the longer I was with them, the stronger the resemblance became, but I could still think of them as their own characters. I cannot say if it takes much will, it didn't for me.
However, while I was annoyed with Bella through most of the Twilight books, Ana is still not there. Maybe she will be after a little more reading in the next book, but for now, she's still okay. A little repetative in her thought process, much like Bella, but I still have tolerance. BUT she wasn't much, in general, although she gets points for defiance, pig-headedness and an iron will. But she was still a Bella, which would bring heaps of points if I was reading this as a Twilight FF instead of an independent book. Here, not so much, because like Bella she lacks depth -- majorly!
Christian, very unlike Edward, caught my interest immideately. I can't say how or why, at first, but now I want to know his secret past so desperately... Well, I like his personality. I hate how he's hot and cold, the same I hated it when Edward was like that. It's just a trait I generally dislike, it always gets me angry. However, since Christian seems to have his reasons for being the twisted on/off guy he is, my tolerance for it is mighty higher than with his role model Edward.

For the plot: Hmmm... it wasn't really something totally out of this world, although I have to say that rich guy affectations will always be beyond me. However, simple as it was, considering it's barely more than some feebly framework for the sex, I thought it was okay. Well, the fact that Christian would fall head over heals for someone like Ana without the Twilight background of singing blood feels a little off. Especially since he turns his life halfway around for her. On the other hand, no one is safe from love at first sight. That's the point, isn't it? There's just not enough looking into Christian's mind to make the fine tuning, I guess.

Now, the smut and the kinky! Well, there was a lot of sex. A LOT! In all kinds of forms. That's usually a good point, but considering Christian's BDSM streak, it wasn't too harsh. Maybe we'll get more and harder stuff when reading on, but for now it was okay to read even for people who can't make something of it -- like me, for example. I was pretty much like Ana on that subject, and it was very good that Christian was so upfront about all of it. Open, considerate, yet carnal and seemingly unreasonable at the same time. All in all, it was something new, and on that level I enjoyed it. However, it didn't give me the kicks, probably not because I was disgusted or uninterested, but because it lacked emotion. Totally Christians fault, the sole reason for this ending, and I'm curious how this is supposed to turn around...

All in all, the plot and sex were not quite in a 40/60 balance, which I can see would put most people off. However, since this is origianlly a FF, which does not necessarily require a lot of plot if you want to read sex, that doesn't bother me at all. If I wanted to read a smut fic, that's exactly what I would hope to find.

Last bot most certainly not least, I give bonus points for Ana's way of handling Christian, her smart mouth ;), and all the challenges and banter. I love reading stuff like that, and I enjoyed reading their e-mails immensly. ^.^

Then, turning on the plagiarism in full force, "Laters!" 😛

Area Scan: Style: 2.5/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Characters: 3/5 -- Romance: 2/5 -- Humor: 4.5/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Smut: 3/5

Discovered: 3+ Hoods3hoods

Fifty Shades Trilogy:
#1 Fifty Shades of Grey | #2 Fifty Shades Darker | #3 Fifty Shades Freed

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