Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Fifty Shades Darker

Title : Fifty Shades Darker
Writer : E. L. James
Number of Page : 532
Publisher : Vintage

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. 

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

In my opinion :
I was curious. I wanted to know what happened after Ana left Christian. 

Well, I was quite surprised. After three short days (three days!!!!!), they met again. Christian had promised to accompany Ana to Jose's photo exhibition. They talked about separation, feeling, and other things. Christian wanted Ana to come back. He would change and do anything as long as Ana agreed to be his again.

Of course, Ana agreed. She was devastated when she left Christian and she didn't want to face that again. And luckily Christian did change. He was more gentle, kind, carefree, and normal. He didn't ask Ana to be his Sub anymore, no more Red Room of Pain. He even confessed his love (at last!).

Until one of his ex appeared. Her name was Leila and she threatened Ana's life. At this point, Ana thought about leaving Christian again. Christian had too many issues. Ana saw the submissive expression from Leila and how Christian took care of her. The connection between them made Ana realize that she would never be able to give that to Christian. She could never be a Sub. Furthermore, Ana couldn't stand Elena, Christian's first lover. It was Elena who taught him everything about BDSM. Elena was much older than Christian, but she ruined Christian since he was young. However, Christian still considered her as a friend. Ana couldn't understand that and it was just too much. 

Christian knew that Ana wanted to leave and he was panic. He begged and knelt in front of Ana, ready to become her Sub. It was shocking, really. The arrogant, proud Christian Grey begged! Ana stunned, cried, and she knew she couldn't leave this broken man. She loved him and she just needed to accept all of the fucked-up things about him. 

But, Christian took that moment to confess everything. He hated himself and he always thought that he didn't deserve to be loved. He even said that he liked hitting Ana and other brunette girls because they all looked like his mother. That was the reason why he chased Ana at the first place. He wanted to use Ana, punish her hard, as if she was her mother, mother who had abandoned him and made his life miserable. I felt sad for Ana, she stuck with Christian. She would forever remember that Christian was attracted to her because of his hatred toward his mother. But, she couldn't leave because she didn't want to hurt Christian and also because she loved him too much. 

Okay, that was the first part of this novel. And I liked it. The plot was interesting and many problems emerged creating dilemmas and doubts. Ana had to see who Christian was and what kind of man she was dealing with. And she should decide whether she wanted to continue the relationship or not. 

I quite admired Ana for her stupidity sticking with Christian. I knew true love was like that. You accept all the weaknesses, stick to them although they hurt you many times. Whatever. Sorry, for being cynical. But I didn't like Christian Grey. He shouldn't use women for releasing his anger toward his mother. It was just so wrong. And Ana forgave him easily =.= 

Anyway, it was still okay. This book made me mad and it meant I cared for the story (haha, lame reason). I decided to give this book four stars, but then I changed my mind. After the first half of the book, the story was going down and down and down... Christian changed suddenly. He became the sweetest man in the world.  He kept saying "I love you" throughout the pages and it was sooooooo boring. The love scenes were even more boring. Same, repetitive explanations were used, I felt like reading the same scenes over and over again. There was no plot development at all, except Ana's pervert boss and when Christian had accident. I need something dramatic :( Moreover, the writing was still as poor as the first book.

The most favorite scene was the marriage proposal. It was warming and sad, I didn't know why. Maybe because Ana could actually change Christian at the end.

“You wanted hearts and flowers,” he murmurs.
I blink at him, not quite believing what I’m seeing.
“You have my heart.” And he waves toward the room.
“And here are the flowers,” I whisper, completing his sentence. “Christian, it’s lovely.” 

Oh, I had a complaint. Christian was rich and he could earn 100.000 dollar per hour. He was 27 years old. Is that even possible? So young and so successful. 100.000 dollar per month is believable, but per hour??? If his company was 200 years old, it would be likely. But, he built it from scratch. Well, it was author's right though to create such unbelievably rich character.

I prefer Fifty Shades of Grey to this. However, I still think that the first half of this novel is amazing.


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