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I would like to first state that, I actually enjoyed 50 Shades of Grey. I found it to be a quirky approach to fan fiction and how she associated Twilight with the BDSM lifestyle was creative. I know that I could get a lot of flack for this considering the large fan base this sexy novel has cultivated… but like most first novels, it has its flaws. 

That being said, I made the (wonderful) mistake of buying an Ebook this morning around 2:30 am. Feeling spontaneous, I purchased, Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard thinking I could purchase this $4.50 book, read a few chapters and get enough sleep to make it through my morning class.

I was wrong. Over 250 pages later, I have yet to sleep and I caught glimpses of the book on my iPad in between taking notes in class. This book has thoroughly hooked me in, even making me laugh out loud, cry and gasp!

THEIR SIMILARITIES: 

50 shades and Inferno have some similarities. There is the innocent, wide eyed, skinny brunette as the female lead. She has the love of two men; one is a humble, kind and not so exciting all american boy and the other is (Gabriel) an older, brooding, rich and sophisticated professor. Since all girls love their bad boys!

Gabriel Emerson’s character occasionally gives me glimpses of Christian Grey, his temper and strange need to feed the innocent, Julia or as he likes to call her, Julianna. Both men also love to use their lover’s full names…

At times, just like Christian Grey, Emerson is hard to fall in love with as a character but also like Christian, very easy to win the reader back with barely two lines.

WHY I CHOOSE INFERNO OVER GREY:

WORD CHOICE:

– I found the word choice in S.O.G to be a little repetitive and it lacked flow in some areas. The over all concept was strong, it was the presentation that caused my attitude toward the book to be lacking in excitement.

– The words in Inferno flow smoothly and I find the descriptions of the characters were taken more seriously rather than over describing a desk, a room or clothing… Other than “she swallowed loudly” being used four times, the words have been varied beautifully.

SUBTLE SUBSTANCE OVER BLATANT EROTICA: 

– Now this is just mere preference. I fully understand that it’s keeping to the BDSM theme to make the sexual scenes in S.O.G. as blatant and out there as possible but I found some of the situations a little hard to relate to or even fathom them being possible. There were some explicit scenes that made it very difficult for me to fall for Mr. Grey, instead I just thought that Ana was pathetic for letting her self be victimized by him.

– Inferno (though I haven’t reached anything too explicit) has class. In addition to the theme, an ode to Dante’s Inferno and the love of Dante and Beatrice, was so artfully sewn into the story; I felt that even through Gabriel’s dark side and his predatory sexual habits are similar to Grey, his actions were far more redeemable. The affectionate scenes were tender, easy to imagine and get lost in.

CHARACTER STRENGTHS & DOWNFALLS: 

– My biggest issue is with Ana. I understand that she is based off of Bella Swan, which should explain enough that she’s a walking bag of insecurities. (and that this love story is based off of unhealthy codependence) I still felt that she gave a little too much of her self to him. I waited and waited during reading for her to have a corrigible moment and I felt that her character didn’t progress.

Also, her blind innocence was unrealistic to me. I understand being a virgin even at her mature of age of 21 but being so alarmed about having an email address? It seemed as if Ms. Steele had been living with the Amish before meeting Grey.

– In G. Inferno, Julia’s character first comes off as meek, broken and submissive… but she proves her self. She, like most women, has a limit to how much she can bare and she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. Her intelligence is a strong quality that they’ve made apparent in the novel which was wonderful.

Over all, I am very moved by Gabriel’s Inferno and I have yet to finish the book. I will definitely follow up once I finish, if I want to retract any statements previously made or simply cement my love for it even more.

I leave you with this beautiful quote from Gabriel’s Inferno:

“Sometimes people, when left alone, can hear their own hatefulness for themselves. Sometimes goodness is enough to expose evil for what it really is.” 

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