It appears that fans were not satisfied with the series ending and insisted that James write more; which is exactly what she did.
Many authors and journalists have voiced their own views on the subject, and they don’t sound too excited about the new release. Author Jenny Colgan wrote that it is “”almost impossible to read Grey and not assume the narrator is going to end up in jail”. Bryony Gordon from the Telegraph claimed that “Grey, the fourth book from E.L.James, is about as sexy as a misery memoir and as arousing as the diary of a sex offender”. Clearly NOT a big hit from either of these day. Gordon goes on to say that: “The writing is not the offensive thing about this book. It’s the sense that, like Ana with Christian, the reader is being duped into a manipulative relationship with it. In the last chapters, James layers on the sympathy for Grey in a way that feels horribly calculated. ”
Francesca Cookney, from the Mirror, gave a positive report, claiming we’re “all about to fall just a little bit more in love”.
But what exactly is it that makes the Fifty Shades series so popular? The writing is average, the plot is barely there and the characters are underdeveloped. What really grips people is their curiosity. Maybe they’re wondering how a submissive/dominant relationship works, or wanting some saucy tips they can use on a partner. Who knows. But as Chris Al-Aswad points out on his blog, James “created a world to which the boundaries of sexual delinquency, love, and relationships are blurred beyond distinction”. And not in a good way. It is a shocking novel because the disappointing message clearly set out in these novels is that love isn’t always valued in a relationship.
So, is E.L.James digging herself a hole by releasing a male-narrated version of her first book. Surely it is just another money-making scheme (like the overly-excessive THREE Hobbit films that could have been put into one, but we won’t get started on that tangent). Are women really interested in how Grey thinks? Or is it purely sickening to think of the way in which he treats and respects, or doesn’t respect, women?