Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian (Fifty Shades Of Grey Series, 5) Paperback – November 28, 2017
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E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fangirl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the #1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian's point of view. She followed with the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Mister in 2019. Her books have been published in fifty languages and have sold more than 165 million copies worldwide.
E L James has been recognized as one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People in the World" and Publishers Weekly's "Person of the Year." Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS's The Great American Read (2018). Darker was long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award.
She was a producer on each of the three Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People's Choice Award for Drama in 2018. E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.
- Publisher : Bloom Books (November 28, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0385543913
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385543910
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 1.4 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved Grey, but Darker surpassed it. OMG, being in his head. It was painful seeing him as an angry man, who still had that frightened little boy within him, who couldn’t get close to anyone, who was so scared of being touched, he wouldn’t sleep with anyone, for fear they might touch him in their sleep, and his need to tie up women so they couldn’t put their hands on him during sex.
Watching him fall in love. Feeling so vulnerable and insecure because he’d never felt before, the way he feels for Ana. His fear of losing her. His self hatred and sadly not being able to see the good man he really was. I loved seeing him blossom under the gentle touch and love of Ana. I loved everything about this book. It was such an emotional read. I couldn’t get enough and hated it when I came to the end of this book. I can’t wait for the author to write Freed from his POV. Well, I hope she writes it. I can honestly say, that after having read the original trilogy 17 times, that the books from Christian’s POV are my favourites. I think for anyone who misjudged Christian and accused him of being a cold, arrogant man who was abusive towards women, they should really read the books from his POV. He is not cold or arrogant, or abusive. He is a man who had a horrific start to life, who learnt over the years to cope the only way he knew how. He unfortunately was introduced to sex by the wrong kind of person, but it taught him a way he could be in control, something so important to him. Something I understood because when you have no control as a child, you crave it as an adult.
Ana certainly turns Christian on his head. Everything that is familiar to him and helps him cope is gone, and yet, he takes to his new lifestyle so well. This is an incredible love story. It’s the love story between a damaged young man and the woman who comes into his life and loves him, flaws and all. Who slowly but surely shows him there is another way and who teaches him to love, and to start to at least like himself. I LOVED everything about Darker.
Dr. Flynn has made a critical difference in helping Christian not only admit his feelings of love for Ana, but making him see he is “not afraid of commitment.”
The depth of story in Charlie Tango’s crash, really brings to life the seriousness of Christian extreme need for a loving, intelligent, independent, compassionate but very strong, Ana.
For fans of this saga, Darker is a must read.
I love how dirty and sexual he is when he is having sex with Ana or when he is around her.. he always has sex on his mind and is thinking how much he wants her.. we can also see how much he needs her.. he is a true gentleman, always protecting her and making sure she is always safe..
at some point i got annoyed that his internal dialog, was way TOO much i mean i know is a POV but sometimes it was too much.. it was a long book 18 freaking hours lol yea...but it was good..
can't wait for the last book !!!
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GRRRRR!! STILL WAITING!!!!!!!!!!!! still no news on E L JAMES writing 'FREED' ' from Christians point of view!!!! (READ ABOVE) At least E L JAMES wont have to repeat the contract word for word in FREED. (a mistake last time, I think.) We need 'FREED' FROM CHRISTIANS POINT OF VIEW to complete our collection!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please don't disappoint your fans, COME ON E L JAMES....GET WRITING...... PLEASE!
In Darker we continue to follow the events from Christian’s point of view but we also get flashbacks to relevant memories, all of which - I think - helps us to understand him better. We get to see a softer more naïve side to him. His therapist says that he’s finally going through his adolescence and we get to live it right along with him, which means we get to see him grow as a person. Being able to see his reasoning, see him growing, we get to understand and connect with him better. So much so that you actually start to feel sorry for him; which I wasn’t expecting as I didn’t feel that way in the original telling. I also found several scenes had a greater impact when seeing them through Christian’s eyes, probably because they were pivotal moments for the character and were not being merely observed by an outsider. So rather than just seeing the connection Leila and Christian had we get to feel and experience it, making Ana’s reaction to it all the more understandable if you ask me. The family reunion after the helicopter crash is another scene that was significantly improved in Christian’s telling. It finally seems to sink in for him that his family love him and that’s a really sweet moment. A breakthrough moment even. I also thoroughly enjoyed watching his relationship with his mother strengthen through their interactions, even if she wasn’t always happy with him.
So what are you waiting for? Go read it and enjoy.
Having read, and enjoyed, the original books from Ana’s point of view, and quite enjoying the first of this set of books, I felt a bit deflated with this one at times.
There’s not going to be the same page turning effect as the first books because the storyline is the same, but all the same I thought I’d be relishing revisiting the tale as seen through the eyes of Christian.
I nearly stopped reading the book at around the third chapter, then I was glad I kept going, then I was struggling to pick it up again.
I would have been better re reading the original books I think. I thinks it’s personal taste, but I like Ana’s perspective better and those books hold my attention much more.
I loved how we get to see into his mind, how he’s feeling about being thrown into the unknown. It was a pleasure to read and I found myself laughing at him in places.
I’m also very glad we got to hear, properly, what happened with Charlie Tango. It was terrifying to read the ordeal but I felt such elation at the end of that scene; though I already knew what happened.
I feel these books written in Christian’s POV is MUCH better written then the original Fifty shades trilogy. It was more gripping. I feel the author has learned a lot since writing them and has improved immensely.
Another superb read!