Yes, I have read the 50 Shades of Grey books. I was honestly intrigued about what all the hoopla was about. I was not impressed with the story when I read the books. I mean, Anne Rice had written about BDSM decades before and had done it much better. Still, I wanted to understand the Grey frenzy.
As a fellow author, I was willing to give E.L. James a chance. I didn’t like the writing style even more than I didn’t like the plot. But I was rooting for her, to witness her writing ability develop before my eyes. I saw hope in the second book. Unfortunately the writing in the third book was so much like the first, I questioned if any development was actually happening.
My hope was reignited for Grey. I admit, I haven’t finished reading the book, but, whoa! The plot is the same, but the writing style is SO much more improved that I’ve actually thought, “Is this the same author?” Yes, it’s still not at the same level as Anne Rice’s books, but the difference between the 50 Shades trilogy and the book told from Grey’s perspective is…almost unbelievable.
I don’t think I’ll ever consider myself a fan, but if the new book is truly an example of Ms. James’s development, brava to her. I hope that she keeps working at it for many years to come.