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What is the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" about?

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" tells the story of a female college student who ventures into the world of BDSM. The book was originally created as fan fiction based on the "Twilight" series, but it later was published as an original novel.

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" is the first book in an erotic trilogy written by author E. L. James. The book is narrated from the point of view of Anastasia, the main character. She begins a relationship with Christian Grey after conducting an interview with him for her school's newspaper. He eventually takes on the role of a sexual dominant in her life, and she assumes the role of the sexual submissive in the relationship. The book is classified as an erotic novel, but it has quickly entered into the field of mainstream literature since its publication in 2012.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" has received harsh criticism from conservative religious readers, from the feminist community and from members of the BDSM community. Religious leaders oppose the sexual activity in the novel, while feminist readers are upset by the violence against women portrayed in the novel. Individuals who participate in actual BDSM relationships are critical as well, stating that the relationship portrayed in the novel is unrealistic at best and abusive at worst.

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