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Last week was incredibly stressful for me. So much work to do and finish, shoots to go, and emails to reply to. I promised myself that I would take the weekend easy, catch up on my reading, and not do any work. And I did just that. I curled up on my sofa and read my heart away.
I started reading Fifty Shades of Grey last Friday evening, curious what the fuss was all about. Now, I know why. I couldn't put the
The books are beautifully-written, simple and easy to read. Many people could perhaps, relate to it -- for the exact same experiences or for the exact same feelings it evokes at every page. It narrates many familiar emotions -- doubt, uncertainty, anger, pain, and fear of losing that one person you truly love. The story revolves around Christian's dark secret and then finding true love in Ana. The books tell of their painful personal history, their struggle to compromise, and their journey to acceptance and healing. Every chapter is a roller-coaster of emotions. Painful, beautiful, hopeful.
There's a lot of lovemaking in all three books. A lot of it. Interesting, intense, exquisite, and disturbing on some levels. I skipped some of Christian and Ana's intimate moments because
Ana and Christian's story has a lot of utterly beautiful and tender moments, too. This old old woman couldn't help but get kilig like a clueless teenage girl.
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I was almost in tears when Christian proposed to Ana at the attic of the boathouse. He filled it with flowers and said to her: "You like hearts and flowers. You have my heart, here are the flowers." And he was down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
I think I'm the only pragmatic and cynical person who cries over something like this. Haha. But if you read the book, I think you'd know why this was such a touching moment and a big step for Christian.
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One of my favorite parts of the book -- Ana and Christian's emails to each other. Witty and funny and and sweet and sexy and sometimes, just plain painful.
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I also love the way he takes care of her and worries about her and protects her, even if she could actually take care of herself.
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And these, these made me incredibly and shamelessly kilig --
Christian told Ana: "I just want to give you the world, Ana, everything and anything you want. And save you from it, too. Keep you safe. But I also want everyone to know you're mine."
And when someone threatened Ana with a gun, he said: "I have died a thousand deaths today thinking what might have happened."
I breathed in every word.
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A friend asked me to sum up Fifty Shades in a sentence. It's difficult, because there's so much to Ana and Christian's story. But somehow, for me, it comes down to this -- you don't deliberately hurt the person you love. You just don't.
And I'm pretty sure the delicious Christian Grey would agree.