Fifty Shades Series
In some ways, Grey, the follow-up to EL James’s bestseller, is almost the same book. It is as if every line of dialogue, every legal contract that sets out Christian Grey’s sub-dom relationship with Anastasia Steele, every email from the first volume has been cut and pasted in. We follow each scene in the same order, except this time we see it from Christian’s point of view.
This completely flips the narrative. The first book was a rather fun and fairly mild portrait of a woman’s sexual fantasy. Yet it is almost impossible to read Grey and not assume the narrator is going to end up in jail. It is most reminiscent of those thrillers that open from the point of view of the heavy-breathing murderer stalking his prey.