Let me begin with the caveat that I never really wanted to read the book, and I knew that it would be terrible and appalling before I even set eyes on it. I'm further appalled by the fact that it's now the best selling book in the UK, EVER. Now, it might be the best seller ever--BUT that doesn't mean everyone who bought it, actually liked it. I am thankful that I didn't actually buy it, I was sent an .pdf version, something I never usually read. I prefer an actual book in my hand. My reasons for reading it were related to my work, it was certainly not a choice I'd make to pick up a copy and read it for fun. I also read it, because as someone who's into the alternative lifestyle, I wanted to see how the book painted someone in that lifestyle. I found myself shaking my head and blinking almost constantly, it's so disparaging, misogynistic, and projects someone into BDSM, as a mentally ill person with issues due to an abusive past. I was truly horrified. Not only that, but the grammar, depth of character, and realism of the personalities in the book, were so shallow and predictable, it left me feeling completely exasperated by the time I got to the end. I have written a review for it on Goodreads, which I'll link here, again with the caveat that it contains spoilers, and I have been quite profane with my language. If you don't like brutal honesty and direct language, I don't suggest you read my review. Again, it contains spoilers. I'm certainly not going to be reading the other two books in the trilogy, because I think I've seen quite enough. It is my sincere hope that people don't think people into BDSM are going to be wired like Christian Grey. As it happens, I'm going to be a guest on an Internet radio broadcast, picking apart the book, what's realistic, what isn't, and hopefully to address some of the really big misconceptions presented within it. I may share the podcast link once it's aired, if anyone would want to hear it.