Fifty Shades Darker: The Sequel

Fifty Shades Darker is the second book in the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey series authored by E.L. James. Married with two teenage sons, James originally wrote the series as fan-fiction to the Twilight saga under the pen name “Snowqueens Icedragon,” and because of the trilogy’s huge fan following, it was published independently of Twilight and has become a resounding success in the publishing industry.

The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy follows the relationship of 21-year-old college senior Anastasia “Ana” Steele and the wealthy 27-year-old Christian Grey that mainly revolves around the world of bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadism and masochism (BDSM).

Fifty Shades Darker begins where Fifty Shades of Grey leaves off—Ana has broken up with Christian and has gotten a job at a Seattle publishing house. However, she can’t seem to stop thinking about the mysterious and alluring Mr. Grey, and when Christian seeks her out to propose a new arrangement, Ana does not have the heart to say no. Their newly rekindled relationship takes Ana back into Christian’s tormented and troubled past as she faces her own demons and make what could be the most important decision in her life.

If you read and enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, then you will most likely enjoy James’ newest addition to the series. While James doesn’t hold back on the sex, there is much more focus on Ana and Christian’s relationship, turning the erotic into the passionate. It’s much more of a love story this time around than erotic fiction, and the emphasis is on the growing faith, patience, and trust that Ana and Christian have between them—a mile a away from the confusion and eroticism of the first book. The second book reads as the transformation of Ana and Christian’s agreement into a real relationship founded love rather than signatures on papers.

If you read and did not enjoy the first book, however, then you will most certainly not enjoy the second book as well. The trilogy is, of course, not without controversy. James has received flak for her writing style, but much of the criticism has revolved around the content of the book itself. While the disapproval on the first book was more about its false depiction of the BDSM lifestyle, many have attacked the second book’s unrealistic attempt at analyzing emotional trauma and, most importantly, its increasing anti-feminist sentiments.

Either you hate it or you love it, but there is no denying that the Fifty Shades trilogy has become a pop culture phenomenon.

What is the Fifty Shades of Grey?

download the sequel fifty shades darkerFifty Shades of Grey is the first book of the Fifty Shades trilogy written E. L. James. It was published on June 20, 2011 by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group and received mixed reviews and criticisms from readers regarding the book’s depictions of sadism and masochism and vulgar narratives of erotic scenes. Some critics also questioned its literary originality as the novel started as a fan fiction based on the Twilight Saga of Stephenie Meyer. Despite the various criticisms, many still remarked that it is easy and enjoyable to read.

The erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, revolves around the story of a 21-year old college student named Anastasia “Ana” Steele who was asked by her best friend and roommate, Kate Kavanagh, to interview in her behalf a 27-year old successful businessman. Because her best friend was sick and she needed the interview for the university paper, Steele agreed to interview Christian Grey in his office. She was overwhelmed by the attractiveness and accomplishments at a young age of Grey that Ana felt that she is doing no good as an interviewer and just wanted to end the interview immediately. She was then surprised to see Grey at the hardware store where she was working several days after their interview. It was later found out that Grey purposely looked for Ana to offer her to be his submissive. Ana Steele was then introduced to the world of Christian Grey and to a BDSM relationship with him.

The love story and BDSM relationship of Grey and Steele are continued on the second book of the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker, and on the third book, Fifty Shades Freed.

It was reported that most of the readers of Fifty Shades are married women and it is getting more popular to college women and even teenage girls. The international success and recognition of the erotic novel paved way to more erotic novels to be published to the public. The BDSM relationship shown in the novel also started discussions on gender equality and power in terms of women being submissive sexually. It also said to represent openness of women regarding their sexual fantasies.

The author, E. L. James is a West London-based wife and mother of two. She used to work as a TV executive before pursuing her dream of becoming a writer. In the beginning of 2012, there are reports of a film adaptation of James’ Fifty Shades Trilogy.