Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why is Fifty Shades of Grey a Movie?

I can't believe I'm talking about Fifty Shades of Grey (FSOG) again but with the new trailer for the movie--everyone  is in a tizzy.

I find that people fall into two camps; you either hate the book or love the book. I actually like the book but I recognize it faults. The writing is terrible. I mean absolutely terrible. The references to the inner goddess and looks through lashes are eye rolling. The multiple times the main character "bit her lip" was annoying at best.

If you could forgive the writing there is a fantastic love story. Which is the true center of the story.  Yes, there is sex and  very mild BDSM. Anyone who is a frequent reader of these types of books know that this is barely a tiptoe  in the BDSM world. 

Some people argue that this book sets a bad example for young people because of the controlling nature of the main character. 

When have we stopped letting fantasy be fantasy? I read a ton of erotica books and I have seen this particular type of story done better (The Fixed Trilogy, The Crossfire Series for example) but still abide by the formula. How many young billionaires are there? According to this books, these men are easy to come by. Part of what makes the book enjoyable is that is it unrealistic. As much as I love Harry Potter, I know I'm not going to wake up with an invitation to Hogwarts. 

I don't want to make light of controlling men because it is a serious situation. Being in a controlling relationship with an asshole is not okay. EVER.  However, that argument does not have a place in these books. Books allow us to escape, fantasize and dream. These books typically don't feature negative relationships. They have a formula, including seemingly controlling men, that many women find appealing. I do understand that many women don't agree. I would say these books are not for you. 

I love that this book exposed a very popular but underground genre of books. Making it acceptable for women to want to read these books and stop hiding it. Seriously, more woman read these types of books than you think. I do hope that women who are in love with FSOG will read (better) books and expose themselves to something new and exciting. 

I am completely opposed to making FSOG a movie. I'm opposed to making any erotica or pseudo erotica a movie. How can you translate the passion, the sex and overall fantasy in the book into the big screen??? There is a reason books are so much better than movies. 

The Trailer:

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