Some help please

Dear Grey fans,

One of the things I hear over and over about Meander is that the idea of Ana leaving Christian can put some folks off (understandably, we all know they belong together and I’m sure they worry that the story may not lead to a reconciliation). The feedback I get is that once they try they seem to like the story but I need to overcome any reluctance to start.

Here’s what I’m thinking – I’d like to post reviews on the first page so new readers can, at a glance, see what other FSOG lovers think of my story. If you’re up to it please write me a review on the whole Meander so far, sort of like the reviews you’ll read on the back of a novel. I’ll be posting these (with your screen name if that’s okay) on the first page of Meander in the side bar. No pressure, and no time limit, I’ll post as you write.

If you’re keen please leave your review as a comment to this post, I’ll copy and paste it into the page.

Thank you!

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72 thoughts on “Some help please

  1. Aulbrey says:

    I know what your saying about the reluctant start when you read the summary of the blog and see Ana has left Christain. Reviews on the blog would be a great idea I think! Because once you’ve dove in your blog, your so Glad you did!! Great reads!!


  2. This fsog blog is so different from all the others I have read. It is wonderful and it will not dissapoint you. Once you start you will not be able to get enough Bravo Job well done


  3. skinsavant says:

    i have been following a LOT of fifty shades fanfiction stories and Fifty Shades Meander is and continues to be my #1 favorite. it is NOT a cheating story but a beautiful, romantic and very sexy love story of christian and ana. i’ve actually read it a few times because it’s brilliantly written and i’m proud to say that i’m addicted to this story! it’s a must read and i highly recommend it!


  4. Janien Meissner says:

    Do you love Ana and Christian? Did you miss them after reading the books? Well, just read this story. Maybe it is difficult at the beginning, I had my doubts to. Those two splitting up made me almost angry……but I kept reading…….and I still do! The story is so good! It draws you in and you will not be able to stop! Enjoy!

    Monique, is this what you need? I hope so! Xx Janien


  5. Audrey says:

    Fifty shades meander is one of a kind. Its a story of alternative decision that Ana came to make in the book and almost a stand alone story of fifty on its own term. (with lots of cliffhangers .. if your heart can take it)

    Its an interesting twist of the story, beautifully written that touch you emotionally, all the while staying true to their original character.


  6. Sewinkel says:

    I came to fanfiction because when I was done with the FSoG trilogy I wanted “more” – relationship, happiness, and all the romantic stuff. When I read the summary for Meander, at first I didn’t think this story was what I was looking for, since it didn’t seem to fit my need for more Christian and Ana together. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I started reading and by the end of the first chapter, I was hooked. This story is sublime. Excellent writing, wonderful and well thought out plot and, most importantly, an unbelievable love story between our favorite couple. It is clear an immense amount of work is put into the story and I wait anxiously for every single update.


  7. cynthia says:

    An amazing story with regrets, unbelievable love, and reconciliation. A story about a love that even with the mistakes that would have torn most apart only make Ana and Christian stronger. I wait eagerly for Friday to get my next dose of the happy couple.


  8. nickygiu says:

    Ho scoperto questo blog da circa un mese.
    Quando ho iniziato a leggere il primo capitolo mi sono detta “fuck! ecco qui qualcun altro che odia vedere Ana e Christian insieme” ma ho continuato a leggere dapprima scetticamente…. non mi fidavo di te Monique 😉 ! Ma sei talmente un bravo scrittore che ho continuato… continuato… continuato a leggere… mi hai catturata, mi hai stregata e la tua storia è bellissima (non ti nascondo che il primo capitolo ti ho odiata!) e adesso sono completamente presa da questa tua storia… molto bella e originale.
    Alcuni capitoli penso di averli letti già 3 volte….e sicuramente non mancherà la quarta!
    Complimenti ❤


  9. Chantel says:

    After reading the 50 Shades trilogy, I was so sad the story was over. I felt like I wasn’t done with Christian and Ana yet. Enter Meander. This author has kept me on the edge of my seat, sometimes fanning myself, for months and months. The story stays true to character and is smarter than the originals. Read this, you will be hooked!!!


  10. Sheila Hall says:

    If you are a fan of the FSOG, then you will love this Meander. In FSOG as we all know when Ana tells Christian that she is pregnant, he storms out meets Elena and gets drunk. In this Meander Ana decides to leave Christian and hid the fact that she is pregnant from him. I will not add too much as I would not want this comment to be a spoiler for you, all I will say is that everything works out okay for Ana and Christian. This Meander is just a different slant on the EL James Trilogy. There is plenty of romance/drama/suspense, and love making as we know only Ana and Christian can do. You will not be disappointed with this Meander and I guarantee that you will enjoy every word in every chapter. As they say in the book word, I would recommend this book (Meander) to everyone.
    ……Sheila Hall avid 50 Shades of Grey Fan and now 50 Shades of Grey and More………

    Monique, only too pleased to review this Meander for you. Hope this is okay, if you want to copy and paste this for me to where ever you want on the blog, I would be more then pleased for you to do it.


  11. Mom says:


    I was one of the readers who first bypassed Meander because I didn’t want to read about these two separated. I came back because your writing was compelling and have been hooked, as you know, ever since!

    I would be happy to write something for you that addresses my initial worries and how wrong I was to make those assumptions!

    Let me know your wishes –


    Sent from my iPad


  12. If you were sad & disappointed when you finished reading the 3rd book of the Fifty Shades Trilogy then this Fifty Shades of Grey & More Meander is for you. At first I was a little disappointed that Ana had left Christian & kept their son a secret from him but since their accidental reunion it has been a wonderful story & continuation of their love for each other with heaps of loving of course & also some drama & suspense but not too far fetched as some Meanders that I have read. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat & always wanting more each week. It is beautifully written & I wait impatiently every week for the new chapter.


  13. Andrea says:

    The first few chapters I admit were a struggle to get through…the thought of them separated for that long was difficult, but I kept on because there wouldn’t be a story if they somehow weren’t together eventually. Ana has gotten a backbone that I don’t think she would have had if she would have stayed. I’ve laughed and cried many times through their journey and can’t wait to see what happens to them next. They both have demons and hopefully together they can overcome them.


  14. Valerie says:

    When I stumbled onto this story I was immediately intrigued. It’s a mesmerizing story all the author’s own, not a rewrite of the existing books from another point of view, yet Christian and Ana are still the characters we know and love. I can hardly wait for more of the story to unfold!


  15. DianeG says:

    I was very unsure of Meander when I began to read it; rest assured the beginning sets the stage and informs and feeds the emotion that is so beautifully captured in the chapters that follow. If you felt like you wanted more Ana & Christian after finishing FS Freed…Meander will fit the bill. It’s romantic, thrilling, and deliciously naughty. Monique never fails to keeps us coming back week after week.


  16. Ucbear says:

    The writing and character development in Meander are truly outstanding. In fact, I believe the complexity of both Ana and Christian’s characters are explored in greater depth and are inherently more nuanced in Meander than actually depicted in the original novel. This author offers such a refreshing and original depiction of the lives of Ana and Christian that is not to be missed. Although the story begins with the lovers apart, their reconciliation is wildly dramatic, passionate, and riveting. As the story unfolds, it leaves the reader feeling as if they are riding the most thrilling rollercoaster with death defying drops and navigating through a series of dark tunnels. Buckle up and prepare yourself for the ride of the century.


    • Monique Lain says:

      Wow! Holy moly! You sure this is meant for me?? That is one helluva’ review! You should definitely sell your services to a publishing house. I will read anything with a review like that! Thank you ! MWAH!


  17. Maggie says:

    When I first stumbled upon “Meander” the Prologue left me distraught! I had come to love Ana and Christian and, like all of you, knew that they belonged together. So the initial story line turned me off….HOWEVER,
    trust Monique…the writing is AWESOME and she believes, as we do, that Ana and Christian share a destiny together…my advice? Give it a go – you will join the addicted amongst us and wait eagerly for each Friday’s wicked contribution to this amazing love story. READ ON and ENJOY!


  18. twinkie55 says:

    After reading the FSOG Trilogy I was sad that the story ended, I wanted more. I bought other books but they left me unsatisfied, I searched for any updates on FSOG and found many fan fiction stories but missed the REAL story of Ana and Christian. Then I came across FSOG Meander, out of curiosity I kept reading and I am still hooked and ‘sated’ if I can use that word. Thank you Monique, I now look forward to my weekends and slowly catch up with Chrstian, Ana and their son. I like the way Ana has grown and how Christain has matured. I never want the story to end – selfish I know. I have been sharing this blog with anyone who tells me they read FSOG books.


  19. Kari says:

    I had the very same thought and frankly was so put off by the story line of the 2 of them being separated and divorced. The story line was intriguing and I kept reading and I am so glad that I did. While it’s still our Christian and Ana, and the story weaves a yummy yarn, it’s just different and I can’t wait for the newest chapter each week. I read the whole story up to chapter 35 I think in 24 hours. I was hooked. I want to keep reading about them I don’t want the story to end and this is giving me my fix. You are a very talented writer and keeping so many of us happy with your version of the continued story, thank you for that!!


  20. Retta says:

    Once I started reading could not stop, and now that I’m caught up its very hard to wait from week to week!! This blog is amazing and does not disappoint at all!!


  21. Mrs. H. says:

    Meander starts with a play on Ana’s insecurities and takes you on the lovestruck journey of two souls destined to be together..If like me, you could not get your fill of Christian and Ana, then Meander is for you. It has all the passion, drama and intrigue of FSOG and it is all original material….It draws you in and keeps you wanting more….I have tried many fanfic stories and this is the only one that I continue to follow week after week.


  22. Gwen says:

    Meander takes you past FSOG. The writing is superb and character development outstanding! If you were left wanting more after you read FSOG this is the story to read! I wait anxiously every Friday for Monique to post the latest chapter.
    Christian and Ana have grown and matured. They still have hot sex that will leave you panting begging for more.
    It is a must read for all FSOG fans!


  23. Moire says:

    I have to agree with sewinkel – and all the others – I had reread FSOG x 5 and it had changed the way I thought about myself, life and relationships. I too was looking for more. I had enjoyed the style of writing of EL James and needless to say loved the story – and Christian and Ana, and went seeking on F/book. Came to this on recommendation of another writer whom I still follow but this Monique is the best –

    I also was disappointed when others started to write and then left one hanging (or as a friend said waiting for the other shoe to drop had they lost interest in wiriting ? was their story finished? what tell me ??? )

    So enjoy the plot lines, Friday /Saturday can not come soon enough – and then lets discuss those “quickies” 🙂 there sure are some woohoo moments .

    Loved the way that Meander began with a – “Hey what ?? ” to when Christian is going to the same city you JUST KNOW – LOL. With their electrics how can it be BUT!!!

    Love love Meander keep it up — hey this could be like those stories in (oh can I mention them urgh ) international womens mags that have been going for years .

    Thank you Monique for our little lemons, smiles and chuckles and fluttering hearts (amongst other things )and great reads on a Saturday with my cuppa 🙂


  24. Diana says:

    Hi Monique,
    Here is my honest take on your story!! When I initially read the start of your story where Ana left CG, I didn’t read any further!!! I only came back to it once I exhausted all of the other reading material out there for FSOG…….
    Then when I was actually mentally able to read your Blog, in the back of my head, I kept saying that this isn’t true, it’s just a Blog!!! I had a hard time wrapping my head around it even until the last chapter. I read it because I needed something to read.
    Since your last chapter, I started reading the Trilogy over….. If you can find Ana & CG getting back together with “Chris,” for life, maybe for the people like myself that have or are having a hard time with the start, we can actually read your Blog with a better understanding I say this for lack of a better word. I really hope that you understand and appreciate my comment.
    Thank you


    • Monique Lain says:

      Thank you Diana, I appreciate the effort you made to express yourself and I do understand. In this genre, in this specific series, I think there are many fans out there that find the start hard to swallow. From my point of view the split provided a place to start in order to bring you the story that I hope now, you enjoy. Considering that the story is “already told” as in the original books, anyone writing fan fiction has to have a platform to work from and this is the one I chose. I did so for many reasons but I guess the main one would be the drama, angst and suspense it delivered. It’s very easy to think you can start as any place in a book and just continue on but you can just as easily paint yourself into a corner, with nowhere to go but repeating the pre-existing text/plot. I sincerely hope that I am able to provide you with the happy ever after you crave. 😉


  25. Roslyn says:

    When I finished reading FSoG’ trilogy I needed to have more of Christian and Ana. So when I searched E.L. James’ site I found FSoG Meander. I figured since it was mentioned I might as well as read a little and stop if I don’t like it. Yes, I was reluctant, but jeez…when I read about Ana leaving Christian I did not want to read more…much to my amazement, I continued to read all the way down to the end of the page. OMG, I could not get enough…I was hooked. It is a loving story full of more Ana,Christian, Teddy, Taylor and more. If you are looking for a story and you need a fix of your favorite character’s, give it a try, you will see I am not wrong. It is a perfect story and will keep you wanting more. Take a chance and read, you will cry, laugh, have mystery and suspense. It will leave you gagging for air. It will be just what you have been missing from the FSoG books. MORE means MEANDER!!!!


  26. Meanderthal says:

    C’mon Friday! Yeehaa! 😉


  27. Hazel says:

    This blog is a must read for any FSOG addict. The story will take you on a journey that will not dissapoint for one single moment. It is an emotional rollercoaster, beautifully written love story. Beware once you start you will not be able to stop!!!


  28. HenryCavill4Fifty says:

    Before reading this story, you will need a Meander Survival Kit consisting of tissues, Zanax and, most importantly, extra panties! You have been warned! I had never heard of fanfiction until I read FSoG and was left wanting more. My craving was met the moment I found Monique Lane and her Meander story. This story is beautifully written and rocked my world from Chapter 1. You will be rooting for Christian and Ana and just like the books – you will hope it never ends.


  29. Monica says:

    When I first started reading this story it was quite difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Ana left Christian. It did not put me off though. This story is worth reading. We get to know Ana and Christian from the original books and we only know what they have done and gone through to get where they are. In this story there is a lot more suffering from both main characters and as for myself I saw how they have grown more mature and not taking anything for granted. I am addicted to this story. Yeah, it is that awesome.


  30. Mrs. G says:

    Ana leaves Christian? “No way!” is what I thought. And honestly, that’s what got me hooked on this Meander! I HAD to know why!! So began my addiction to Fifty Shades Meander! Even though I never fathomed Ana leaving Christian, I believe Monique’s description of Ana’s reasoning for doing so stays true to Ana’s character. Her lack of self-assurance in herself as well as Christian’s love for her are brought to the forefront and depicted beautifully. I SO enjoy reading about Christian and Ana’s amazing love story! Each week is such a treat for me…as it will be for you! I won’t give too much away because you should experience every “moment” as I did. But I will tell you this!…the love, the longing, the suspense…it’s too good to miss! Start reading and get hooked!


  31. kaz says:

    When I first found Meander it was 20 chapters in, so I had a massive bulk of the story. Wasn’t too keen that Ana had left CG, I mean would she ? But as it unfolded, i began thinking.. Yes she would. Frightened , low self esteem. They had only been married weeks and CG was def in control.. A whole new love story unfolds when they “find” each other again.. A more mature age and life experience for Ana, gives them both regrets and unspoken sorrows. The writing of this story gets them over hurdles and obstacles that makes their romance so much more solid and even ! Now with a child to consider, they break down so many more barriers..They never stopped” belonging” to each other, and the way they both dealt with the 4 years apart is truly soulful ! Oh and their sex life is even better than before, if tha’s possible.


  32. carla says:

    io ho conosciuto meandro grazie a paola su un gruppo facebook io amo la trilogia ma credo che la fine doveva essere diversa anche io pensavo che ana sarebbe scappata con la gravidanza… mentre invece e seguito il rapimento insomma avrei voluto qualcosa in piu!!! sempre a lieto fine ma qualcosa in più e grazie a monique e alla sua storia l’ho sto vivendo questo racconto ti trascina nella storia ti fa vivere le stesse emozioni dei personaggi mentre leggo sento:amore,paura.eccitazione,allegria,gioia provo tanti sentimenti che mi emozionano e questo perche e scritto molto molto bene l’ho suggerita a tante amiche anche loro come me non possono più farne a meno!!!monique sei la nostra droga non smettere mai!!! sarebbe un vero peccato!!!(ho scritto in italiano per esprimermi al meglio spero non sia un problema :))GRAZIE MONIQUE


  33. grublue says:

    When I first stumbled upon the Fifty Shades Meander on, I refused to read it because because of not being fond of fanfiction that suggests an alternative ending to the original story. I only came back months later as the Meander had been highly recommended on another Fifty Shades blog. Since I appreciate said blog very much and I know the followers there are very demanding, I decided to give it a chance… and I did not regret it… I was hooked!!
    Meander is a beautiful love story enriched with angst and suspense. And most importantly, it is one of the best erotica that I’ve ever come across!


  34. Deb says:

    When I finished the trilogy…….I was lost, wanted “more” of Christian and Ana but did not know where to go…….I stumbled onto this site and I have been there ever since! Monique’s POV and amazing writing has me hooked! No matter what you think of the Grey’s, her direction just begs for more and more! While you read each of my bestie’s chapters, the people become real and you can see and feel them up close and personal! She gives her all with each and every chapter…..Christian and Ana amazing love story is continuing on thru this wonderful and talented writer and her wicked and vivid imagine. Love her…you will too!!


  35. Ann says:

    Ah… where to start, where to start! I found your site by accident and read the first chapters then stopped with some reluctance because I did not like that you separated my Christian & Ana. Still I could not stop reading. If you wanted more after the trilogy then your site certainly gives it. READ ON people this story will leave you breathless like you have read the 4th instalment!! I will never get enough of this story and the next post is due on my birthday…March 8th. The characters have been kept quite true to their nature and their insecurities show as they grow and learn about each other. Their struggles are gut-wrenching but definately something that would befall Christian & Ana. She was a young bride! The only part I grapple with is the 4-5 years apart… that’s alot especially given his “over protective need to control” would he really have left her for that long? Maybe. The story is phenomenal at any rate you will not be disappointed nor will you be able to stop reading!! Christian is a force to reckoned with – he thinks of everything and then in the later chapters when they reunite (don’t want to spoil it) but… and he says “I watched you sleep every night”… OMG I actually felt sick that he had to endure that pain… so Christian!! Every chapter is full of emotion, tension and something always happens so none of the chapters are what I call “fillers”… you simply cannot skip any!!! Now get reading or its your loss!!!


  36. SusanW says:

    Guilty as charged. I was one of those readers who found the Meander site, learned the premise of the story, and stopped before I even started. The idea that Ana would leave Christian made me feel ….depressed. Hadn’t they spent three whole books trying to figure out a way to be together? And then I read an interview with Monique on the Laters, Baby fansite. I was impressed by the interview, it kept turning around in my head, and I came back and started reading. After two days, I hadn’t gotten a thing done in my real life, but I had read everything on the Meander site. Just start reading! For me, the FSOG trilogy was all about the love — and Meander gives you that in abundance. You will find the Ana and Christian that you know in all their messed up imperfection, but they are older and, because of the journey that Ana’s decision has taken them on, they are wiser. They bear the emotional scars (and some new physical ones, too, come to think of it) of their own life choices, and they are determined to learn from their suffering and use it to forge their family together. I think that Monique’s Ana and Christian are deeper and richer, and I found it easier to feel that “special connection” that pulls them together. Yes, there’s still plenty of hot sex. If anything, it’s even better because it’s less monotonous and a teeny bit more explicit, but in the best possible way ;). But it’s always about the awesome love story, and isn’t that what drew us all in to begin with?
    Monique, thank you for the countless hours you must be devoting to writing these wonderful chapters. I know they give me something to look forward to, and I find myself thinking about them even when I’m not actually reading. I hope you realize how much your talent is appreciated.


    • Monique Lain says:

      Wow Susan, that was, well, awesome! I’m feeling a little chocked up really! Thank you! I’m so thrilled to have you on board! I put a little author’s note below the description of the story, I’d love for you to check it out and see if that would have made you at least try… It’s on the page above chapter 1 if you’re keen, no pressure. I really appreciate you taking the time to write this review for me.


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