At first I didn’t want to read 50 Shades of Grey but a friend of mine told me that she thought it was really good. I googled what it was about and thought, “This isn’t for me” However, last summer I was talking to my sister about it and she goes to her room and comes back with the trilogy box set. At the time, I was halfway through a book that was incredibly boring so I figured that I might as well see what everyone has been talking about.
What some people don’t know is that 50 Shades is based on a Twilight fan fiction. This explains why Ana is “plain” and why Christian is amazingly beautiful. The rest of the story is completely different from Twilight but it’s good to know a little bit about how the story line came about.
As you can imagine the first book has a lot of sex scenes. A lot as in I got tired of them after a while and started to skip them. But the story itself was really good. Even in just the first book, there is a lot of character development. When they meet, Ana is a getting ready to graduate college and Christian is a multimillionaire in his early twenties with a very troubled past. This is where the controversy starts. Many people (most that haven’t even read the book) criticize this book for supporting abusive relationships. THIS IS NOT TRUE! <- and that is my opinion
Christian was introduced to BDSM at a young age and given his childhood, this type of relationship seems normal to him. I don’t really much about BDSM (nor do I want to) but it involves dominance and submission, bondage, role-play etc. So, here’s how I feel about all of this. Christian warns Ana multiple times that if she is uncomfortable, she can walk away. He gives her a contract that explains everything. She reads the contract and then goes through it with him to take out all of the stuff that she doesn’t want to do. Even though she leaves him at the end of the first book, not only does she go back to him, but they get married. At one point Christian suggests that they stop the BDSM all together and she tells him she wants to continue because she likes it. She has a choice. She chose to stay and continue this lifestyle.
If you actually read the entire trilogy you see that this is a true love story and honestly it’s better than the Twilight Saga.
Given the content of the book, the movie is actually pretty good. It wasn’t super uncomfortable to watch and they focused more on the love story than the sex. Less than a month ago, E.L. James released Grey, which is the first book from Christian’s point of view and I’ve heard that it’s better than the original!
If 50 Shades isn’t for you that’s totally fine but don’t knock it til you read it!