Fifty Shades of Grey as told by The Dom

After discovering that none of his audience has actually read Fifty Shades of Grey despite hundreds of requests for it, The Dom provides a handy synopsis of the plot with only the bare minimum of angry freak outs.

About The Dom

Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.


  1. Thanks since I’ve never read it. Before this video all I knew is she’s interviewing the dude, there’s a sex contract, and they fight at the end of the book. It sounds like a book full of Mary Sues and that’s coming from a former Twilight fan. Also, it doesn’t sound as funny as I thought it would be.

    • It actually is. The fun doesn’t come from the characters-It’s not a hot pink 80’s bodice ripper- but from the writing itself. Erika takes herself seriously and it is hilarious to read her nonsense. Plus, it is genuinely one of those books that is a sheer delight to rip a new one with a critique.

      The sheer downer part comes from the women in the real world who genuinely loved this book; That will suck the wind out of your sails swiftly. I feel nothing but heartbreak over any woman dumb enough to genuinely have this book speak to her on any level. It’s not romantic; It’s not erotic; It’s not an intended character study of toxic relationships: It’s just garbage.

  2. The romance in Fifty Shades makes Attack of the Clones look like Casablanca.

  3. Oh, Dom. You poor dear. My heart goes out to you for having to endure this pain.

  4. I’ve read the first chapter of the book on my own steam and followed detailed reviews of the rest on Jenny Trout.

    It’s BAD. Really, REALLY, bad. Erika Leonard (I refuse to call her E.L. The woman will always be Norma Jean Baker) is a terrible writer, in every conceivable way: Her story is all over the place; She repeats herself ad nauseam; She researches jack; Her prose is heinous; She shows an obsession with, but little regard for, her subject matter or the people who do take pleasure from it in real life.

    The whole thing is a hot mess.

  5. I haven’t read the books themselves, just a thorough sporking of the first and most of the second (got bored after the most sympathetic character aka the supposed antagonist left the picture), but a lot of the things they highlighted are things the Dom also noticed. That’s good vindication.

    BTW, the sudden emergency with the company that Grey had to deal with near the end of the book could have been related to his humanitarian work in Darfur. Because the book brings that up earlier on and heaps praise on him for helping the crisis. Using a real life crisis to butter up your romantic lead, that’s quite tasteful, no?

  6. I wouldn’t have an issue with the book if it was clear about its fetishization of unhealthy relationships rather than pretending to be an accurate portrayal of BDSM. But I guess “The rape fetish book” doesn’t make for a good slogan.

  7. I know this is a weird nitpick but Washington St is not in or near Vancouver.

Leave a Reply