Considering 50 Shades of grey has already amassed half a billion dollars since its release – not to forget more than 100 million books sold – it does raise a legitimate question. Has success become arbitrary? What started off as steamy sex sessions between Edward and Bella (Twilight here!) in a fan fiction story, soon became a global phenomenon which would help launch Amazon Kindle in mainstream. Still, it isn’t the consumers of online porn who’ve made 50 Shades of Grey what it is today. Dubbed ‘Mommy Porn’, the biggest consumers of 50 Shades of Grey are soccer moms across the suburbs of America.
But what is the book about? Nothing much really, other than Kamasutra happening in Seattle. Only, Kamasutra was far more delicate and erotic, while 50 Shades is strictly industrial without any layers, whatsoever. While people have read these books in privacy of their homes, women particularly dreaming about what it would feel like to be exploited by Christian Grey, there are two people who have gotten closer to the stars more than anyone ever will. They have lived them and survived to tell the tale.
And they haven’t painted a very rosy picture. Below are their quotes from interviews on 50 Shades of Grey. Of course, what else would anyone ask them about.
Not cool. It's not Dungeons and Dragons we're filming! Wait, it's dungeons and whips. And Chains. And cuffs. And whole lot of things I don't even know names of.
Can't be difficult to understand Christian Grey. The character's got no layers. In Christian Grey's own words, his interests are 'singular'. And still Jamie Doronan found it tough. Perhaps because Christian Grey is so uninspiring, it takes a lot of effort to even want to get to know him.
Hitler! Now that’s saying something.
There’s a lot already said about 50 Shades of Grey demeaning women, and glorifying domestic violence. The author just thinks it’s kinky, and a story about taming of a male-shrew. So what if she had to deal with a bit of leather whips, chains and hand cuffs. She was angling for a billionaire, after all. A hot one at that.
We don’t know whether 50 Shades of Grey takes women’s liberation movements back in time. But it surely does literature no service. Or film making. But it has set a very high benchmark in sophistication for a porn.
So what do you think? Are you going to watch it?
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