Fifty Shades of Grey – Serious or Satirical?

I took the challenge of reading this book series, and might I just say…wow, what is this.

50ShadesofGreyCoverArt               Put this simply: I can see why it’s becoming a movie. It was like losing your virginity through a book. Imagine what it would be like on screen.

What fascinates me most, though, is how this movie is rated R and not NC-17 as porn.

Here’s the gist. Ana Steele, a young girl who has just graduated from college, meets this outrageously successful 27-year-old man and loses her virginity to him through this thing called BDSM sex. If you don’t know what that is: it’s sex that involves chains, whips, spankings, handcuffs, etc. Painful, right?

Well, here’s my problem. I’m all for freedom of speech and writing whatever you want. But if you’re going to write porn, you might as well write it well. Satirical or not.

Before I go into the question of whether this is serious or satirical, let me give you a little bit more information about the story. Christian Grey – 27 years old. Earns about $100,000 an hour at the age of 27. Beautiful man, supposed to be described with godly, perfect features. Muscular and also has time to exercise daily without fail. Attended Harvard University but dropped out and immediately started up a business where he became a multi-millionaire CEO. Can drive a helicopter and a glider. And, to top it all off with a bright, glowing cherry, has an abnormally large penis.

Sorry, it had to be said. Please re-read over that paragraph, slowly. Let’s think about how realistic that character description is.

Now, if you’re going to write a pornographic story about a college student who falls in love with an obscenely rich guy, at least make him old and has a master’s degree. I’m not even sure if anything made much logical sense in there. No doubt that this book has been called the “Adult Twilight” and I could totally see it. Let’s look at the facts.

Twilight takes place in Forks, Washington. Fifty Shades of Grey tatwilightkes place in Seattle, Washington. Bella is a very pale, average-looking, brunette who doesn’t know that all the boys like her. Ana is a very pale, average-looking brunette who doesn’t know that all the men like her. Edward is a vampire, but he is extremely good-looking, rich, smart, and is adopted. Christian is not a vampire, but he is extremely good-looking, rich, smart, and is adopted. Both of Edward and Christian’s parents are also very successful and good-looking, not to mention charitable as Edward’s father and Christian’s mother are doctors and both parents love to help those in need.

Poor Stephanie Meyer. This is somewhat embarrassing.

And, I have a feeling that this only got embarrassing for E.L. James, the author of Fifty Shades of Grey, when reporters and critics started bashing her story down and making fun of its obscenity. And, then, only recently did she come out and say, “This was satirical of Twilight.”

Of course it’s a copy of Twilight, but the real question is, “Is this serious or satirical?”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I strongly believe this was a serious story that helped E.L. James release her sexual frustration. I only believe this because her books are doing the same for multiple women readers. Men are buying their wives these books, especially if they’re on the brink of a divorce or are in a fight, and their wives immediately jump on them. That’s how the world works.

fifty-shades-grey                “Satire” may be a cover up of most authors’ ways of releasing their mental energy without feeling embarrassed. I’ll take another example to support this, even though she has nothing to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. Taylor Swift and her song “Blank Space”. She said this is satirical of crazy ex-girlfriends who go through series of boys and destroy their lives.

Hm, Taylor. Sound like anyone familiar?

Nevertheless, hopefully you get my point. All in all, I did not enjoy this series that much and find the writing style pretty appalling. However, I can see why it is appealing and why anyone would want to read it, so don’t feel embarrassed if you like it.

Have you read this series? If so, what did you think of it? Are you excited for the movie? And if you haven’t read it, are you planning to and why haven’t you? Comment!

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