Jennifer Ehle

'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Dresses Up A Lot Of Nothing

E.L. James' 2011 novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" is a tawdry bit of business. The saga of a ostensibly intelligent woman who can't decide whether to give her lover permission to beat her is told with some of the most vapid writing since "Twilight."

The similarities to Stephenie Meyer's juvenile vampire trilogy don't end there. (In fact, "Fifty Shades" got its start as "Twilight" fan fiction.) In her story of a young woman suppressing her free will to please a control freak —- and loving it — Anastasia Steele is Bella Swan all grown-up but with even less self-esteem. Bored readers could invent a fun drinking game out of James' overuse of the...