Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades Darker – Book Review (EL James)

After the torture read that was Fifty Shades of Grey (my review), I braced myself for the second book. A sane person would have stopped reading but being the masochist that I am, I wanted to know if these books, which are still selling like hotcakes, actually had anything more to them than the sex scenes upon sex scenes which filled their pages, ultimately becoming useless and skippable.

The second book in the Fifty Shades trilogy, titled Fifty Shades Darker, doesn’t stray away much from its predecessor. But as the title suggests, it runs deeper into what the first book lacked: a tangible story.

Fifty Shades Darker picks up where Grey left off: Ana had left Christian after he beat her in one of his sexual escapades. She then starts to sink in to despair, as is typical for similar characters in other books (Yes, Twilight comes to mind). Luckily enough, that doesn’t last a whole book. A few pages later Ana encounters Christian and ends up in his arms again without much struggle. This time, however, their relationship won’t be the same. New boundaries need to be set and new rules need to be instilled. As the story progresses, Ana starts to become fearful about the prospect of Christian leaving her for someone else when he gets bored of her and the “vanilla” relationship they have. On the other hand, Christian finds in Ana a reason for living (the billions upon billions that he has are not enough) and is equally fearful about her leaving him.

As their “relationship” grows, one of Christian’s ex-subs who had never lost her fixation on him returns with a vengeance while Ana faces trouble at the publishing house she’s working at with her overly flirtatious boss.

That’s book two in a nutshell.

Is it better than book one? Only slightly. Fifty Shades Darker delves deeper and goes darker into what made Christian the sadist BDSM-loving person that he is but those insights into the character’s personality are so diluted by the overly abundant sex scenes that they eventually become irrelevant.

Ana is still as useless a character as she was in book one. Even the “improvement” to her relationship with Christian don’t rub off on her – no pun intended – to give her some spine. In fact, she even melts further into the man she’s in love with, becoming more and more useless with each passing page. She “flushes” at every turn of the page. Her infamous “oh my” is blurted out countless times. Her Macbook Pro is still called the “mean machine.” Everything about her is still the same – except much staler and when her being as stale as it can get in Fifty Shades of Grey, that’s saying something.

If you’re the person reading Fifty Shades for the sex scenes (I’m not judging), you won’t be disappointed. As I said, Fifty Shades Darker doesn’t run short on them. Among the places that get a taste of Ana and Christian’s undying libido there’s a pool table, an elevator, their corresponding apartments and a boat’s deck, just to name a few.

Fifty Shades Darker manages to go a few shades deeper than its predecessor but that’s nowhere near enough to turn this erotic “thing” a novel worth reading. The characters still use the same cues for sex. Whatever plot that takes place is as predictable as it can get and that’s without even going into the overly repetitive writing style which gets even worse on this.

Why did I read these? Yes, I read all three books a few months ago. Well, horrible as they are, they were still better than the medical school material I had to study.


8 thoughts on “Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades Darker – Book Review (EL James)

    • I think the first book had way more sex and much less story. But it could be that I automatically tuned out of the sex for this one. Still, I’m baffled by these books selling. They’re even #1-2-3 in Lebanon. The first one is sold out.


  1. I only read the first book and was looking at some reviews to see if the second one, as well as the third was worth reading. As a 20 year-old woman, I have to say that Fifty Shades of Grey was exiting only at the beginning, the first sex encounter is well expected and makes you wanting for more.
    After the second time there is no thrill, first of all because she goes from Virgen Mary to have the sex life of three Pamela Andersons, which is a bit over the top, and let not forget the numerous orgasms she has, almost not believable.
    If you don’t read this just for the sex scenes, you must be like me, who got a bit upset and angry at Ana’s attitude of accepting Christian’s life and being so in love with him apart from his weird fanatism.
    If book number two is more of the same as I’ve read in some reviews I won’t read it, specially if she goes back to his arm as if nothing happened, as you pointed.
    Thank you for the honesty!


  2. I read the first book till the part where Christian and Ana have sex for the first time.I left it there,because it was getting too sickly ! I seriously can’t believe this lame book actually beat Harry Potter ! I’d rather read Twilight ! Ridiculous !

    P.S: I’m a Potterhead


  3. would you guys believe i was so extremely pissed off after reading the first book that i actually,literally tore the books in shreds? to be honest i felt bad about the money but that book was making me feel like a w***e?! am so extremely glad i destroyed the book! looks like the other two are just as useless…


  4. I just finished the first book and I DO NOT WANT TO READ ANY MORE of those !!!

    I just would like to find out what is Christian’s problem with not wanting to be touched . . . help

    milano italy



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