Gotta say, people, I liked it! And, I do not think the writing is particularly bad, just a very casual style. I liked the "Holy shit"'s, mostly because that's exactly what I would be thinking. The sex scenes are decent (and let's be honest, that's 90% of the reason to read this book) - no heaving bosoms or berry lips to be found. I'm halfway through book 2 and am sad that the author has skipped over some of the sex.
And, I feel that this book has made me think a lot. About my own submissive tendencies, about my gorgeous, slightly controlling husband (of 18 years), about what I might like that we haven't explored yet, and larger issues, like what is it that's appealing about relinquishing control and trusting your partner, and how do you grow into an adult when your identity is so wrapped up in another's. Christian's behavior, and their relationship, for all practical purposes is abusive (and I'm not talking about the spanking) and yet somehow, it's not. What is it that makes this different? Christian keeps telling Ana to tell him to stop when she hits her limits, but can anyone always know where the line is until it's been crossed?
I think just like "The Hunger Games" is a young adult story about a girl fighting for her life on the surface, and then underneath are layers of questioning and commentary about government and war and personal survival vs common good and what constitutes meaningful defiance and how can an individual change their personal destiny and/or the society they live in, I could, obviously, go on; similarly "Fifty Shades" has lots of layers. And, this is where I feel it is greatly different than the "Twilight" books (the first of which I really enjoyed as romantic and fun, but they got less and less interesting as they went along). Aside from critiquing Bella's choices and how those choices fit in our modern, post-feminist culture, I don't see much layering at all.
And, now, ladies, I'm sure from the above messages that some will (vehemently) disagree with me! I'd love to read your thoughts!