I have struggled for weeks now trying to figure out how to write up a review on Darker. I was stumped and confused as to why this review was so difficult for me. Then it clicked! I have yet to review a book that is part of a series before. If you unfamiliar with Darker by EL James, it’s part of the 50 Shades of Grey series. So this is going to be a different type of review, where I discuss the whole series not just the 1 book.
2 Points of View?
I am guessing there are many people who have either heard of, read, or watched one of the movies in this series. At this time there are 5 books and 3 movies in the series. With the books, there is one story line, coming from 2 different viewpoints. The author first wrote 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades Darker, and 50 Shades Freed – all of which are told from the viewpoint of Anastasia Steele. After the success of the movie(s) and by continued request from the fans, E L James wrote Grey, the first book in the series I but this time from the view point of Christian Grey. As you might have guessed, Darker is the second book but from Christians point of view. it was just published in November 2017. As a fan of the series, I can only hope that in the near future there will be the release of the final book from Christian’s point of view, I am guessing it will be called Freed.
Why I like it.
For those who might not be aware, the 50 Shades series originated to some extent from the Twilight Saga. If you are someone who has read both series, you will notice the similarities between the physical description of the main characters as well as the personality traits. This isn’t by accident. When EL James wrote 50 Shades it was supposed to be the “adult” or mommy version of Twilight. When Twilight became BIG I was in high school, I could relate to some extent to what the main character Bella was going though. Emotionally this series was perfect for me and my age group. 50 Shades on the other had is about Ana who is just graduating college. 50 Shades of Grey was published in 2011, but it took a few years to become popular. It was around the time I was graduating college (2013-2014). So like Twilight, I was in the same age group and going through similar experiences as the main characters, this time it was Ana. I feel like I aged with the books, as I enjoyed Twilight just a few years earlier and had since matured on many levels it did not come as a surprise that I enjoyed 50 Shades right away.
To some, the idea of practically reading the same book over but just coming from the viewpoint of someone else may seem boring. However, for me it was intriguing and insightful. Both Grey and Darker have shed light on not only the character of Christian Grey, but into the mind and thinking of men [I know that men do NOT all think alike or are into the same things]. What I am saying is I related so much emotionally to Ana because I myself am a female. Though I may not have gone through the same experiences as her, I could still understand and feel what she was going through. Christian on the other had was different. I, like Ana was confused by things he said and did in the books. To be able to go back (in a sense) and read through those same situations that once confused me but have I them be told from Christians point of view allowed myself and other readers to make sense of things. More so than Grey, Darker really allowed the reader to see into who Christian Grey is why he acts the way he does. I think being a psychology major in college added to my interest. I truly enjoy seeing how people think and act alone, but also with others. I also have grown up to be very comfortable with the topic of sex and have an open mind. So the dom/sub relationship in the series just had me intrigued because for me, it was something new that I had never really heard of.
Why this series?
I don’t know of any other series where there are complete books that tell the same stories, just told from 2 different points of view, each showing bits and pieces of the individual along with their relationship. To me that was EXTREMELY exciting! The thing is, YES there is sex in this book, but there is also a very in depth and over the top story line. When I read, I want to be taken on a journey and brought into a “world” different than mine, which is what exactly this series does. Part of the story line is about a strong woman coming into her own and figuring out who she is and what she wants. This is something I, as well as many woman I bet can truly relate to. We might all take a different path to finding out who we are and what we want. What it comes down to is, if you are open to reading about sex and different types of relationships then you might truly enjoy these books like I did! I think anyone who has not read them just due to what they have heard is foolish, as there is SO much content. I believe any adult would enjoy them, if they gave them a chance! As they say in the book, Laters Baby!