Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m having a hard time introducing this post, so you know what? I’m not even going to try. If you’ve been around, you know what I mean by “chips,” if you haven’t, just keep in mind that whenever I talk about “chips” I’m really talking about mommy porn, or erotica. Today I’ll share my thoughts on Darker by E.L James, which basically is Fifty Shades Darker from Christian’s perspective. Let’s get started, shall we?
I’m going to begin by putting something out there that will for sure upset a lot of people for many different reasons, but I 100% prefer Christian’s point of view. Yes, he’s got serious issues and that’s pretty clear to me, and I hope it is to everyone reading the books, but the way he talks about what’s going on with his life and with Ana is way more appealing to me.
Speaking about Christian’s issues, I found his complaining about Ana biting her lip and rolling her eyes way more annoying than her doing those things, you know? We all know you’ve been through some tough stuff in your life that clearly your psychologist and you haven’t been able to deal with correctly, but let your girlfriend live a little.
Another one of Christian’s issues? When he talks to himself (yes, that’s not really the issue, we all do that), he refers to himself as Grey. He doesn’t call himself Christian or dude or, I don’t know, anything other than his last name. That’s pretty odd, don’t you think?
Now, because he’s so messed up, Christian avoids intense emotions. I don’t know specifically when he says this, but I wrote it down, so he said it. What bothers me is the fact that he doesn’t deal with those emotions, but wants to be the king of BDSM, which is a risky combination, in my opinion.
One thing I really liked about this book is the fact that Christian confronts Ana for not using the safe word. You want to know why I liked that? The reason is pretty obvious, actually: one of the only things that Christian and Ana did right (in my opinion) when first establishing their BDSM dynamic, was agreeing on a safe word. It is a “safe” word, as in you should use it when you feel that a situation might be getting out of hand, and this is going to have your partner either slow down or stop. Despite Christian being the one inflicting pain on Ana, it was she who had control of continuing or stopping the situation, and what did she do? She just kept quiet until Christian was done, then up and left. In this case, dear Ana, it was your fault entirely that you felt that much pain and humiliation.
Another thing I liked, at first, were the flashbacks. I say “at first” because they reached a point in which you really had one in every single page, and that just bored me. Imagine eating salt & vinegar chips or cool ranch Doritos everyday. By the end of the week, or maybe even sooner, you’d be done with those forever. That’s kind of what happened with the flashbacks; I was enjoying those bits and pieces of Christian’s life before Ana, but then I was getting so many I just wanted them to be over and go back to the real deal.
E.L James is a queen when it comes to the email exchanges. I mean, when I read those, I’m always smiling like a dummy and I often laugh out loud. I love the details when the characters change their signatures, or write the subject in all caps. I’ve seen other authors try to emulate these email/text exchanges, but they don’t come close to the ones in Fifty Shades.
All in all I enjoyed this book, and it’s because I’m not looking for great quality content, or for a flawless style. I’m looking for entertainment, for chips. This is what makes me read a 500+ page book in a week or so and not get bored. I have to admit, though, that at times I did get bored because Darker is basically Christian narrating a week of his life, and so the days become way too long. Like, at times I had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to see the date because I thought way more time had gone by. It can also be a matter of preference, I don’t know.
When it comes to books, which are your chips? Share your recommendations in the comments below and I’ll be sure to check them out!
Love, Miss Camila