Fifty Shades of Grey (Film)

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!  I hope you were all able to enjoy this love filled day.  I’ve had a pretty amazing day myself.  I have just returned home after seeing Fifty Shades of Grey at my local AMC theater.  I haven’t written a blog post in a while.  I suppose I’ve been lazy and resorting to Tumblr for any text posts.

I would like to start this with saying that I thoroughly enjoyed all three installments of the Fifty Shades of Grey novels.  When they were released I wasted no time in getting them and I spent a day and a half reading through the trilogy.  I can’t believe it has been four years since the books have been out.  Which leads us to today.  Opening weekend of the movie.

I have heard and read all the criticism there is around this book.  Everyone has an opinion.  What is an absolute fact, it’s just a story.  One hundred percent fiction.  What you choose to take from the book is clearly based on your own connection with the book.   If you want to believe this book is glamorizing abusive relationships, that is completely your opinion.  If you think it is a great love story, that is also your opinion.  Two people can look at the same piece of artwork and have completely different thoughts on what it means, and what it portrays.  The only person who knows for sure what the art is, is the artist.

With that being said, I really enjoyed the movie.  I think the movie portrayal nailed it right on the head of the characteristics of each person in the book.  You feel the awkwardness.  You feel the tension.  You feel the pain with each cracking sound of the leather belt that hits her skin.

There was one scene in particular the movie could have explained more.  In the book as Ana is getting dressed to go with Christian to his parents house for dinner, she can not find her panties.  In the movie you see her look around a dark room, notices a new dress laid out for her.  She walks downstairs and he makes a comment asking her if she is sure she has everything.  I might have been the only one in the audience to chuckle at that.  Thanks to reading the book first!

I enjoyed the humor in the movie.  Which may be odd to some because of the sexual theme of the story line.  I feel that if you haven’t read all three books then you will never understand the complete picture of the story.  There’s more to this than just sex.  More to it than just getting tied up and spanked or being flogged.  It really is a love story.  That is what I personally take from the trilogy and from the movie.

Then ending of the film is a cliff hanger.  I don’t want to spoil it too much for those who have not seen it yet.  It wasn’t shocking to me that there would be a cliff hanger.  There are three books!!  I personally was just shocked as to what point it had ended.  I am definitely ready to see the sequel.  I have not heard nor read anything about a release date or if it has even started production yet.

One last thing I would like to add, please don’t go see this with a bunch of your girlfriends and then be the ones to giggle in the audience every time someone says the word, fuck.  It is truly fucking annoying.  🙂

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  If you have any questions or would like to discuss your thoughts on the books or movie, please feel free to leave a comment below or you can find me on Twitter & Tumblr.

XOXO

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50 Shades of Grey

I have finally finished reading the ‘trilogy’ of the Fifty Shades series.  At first I was hesitant to read it.  I listened to a bunch of mixed reviews.  Most people believed it was a porn turned into a novel.  A hardcore ‘Harlequin’ of sorts.  I work in a porn shop, so I really had no interest in reading something I’m around all day.  However thanks to some “Facebook friends” I gave in.

First, if the entire book was about sex, most people would only have read a few pages and given up.  There is a story to it.  The main male character, Christian Grey, a very successful, charming, handsome man, had a very fucked up childhood.  The type of sex he has ever known was BDSM.  Besides the bondage portion of sex in the book, I really don’t know why it caused such an uproar in entertainment and news.  I want to say this the first book to ever bring up BDSM sex, but I’m not 100% sure.

Second, I have no idea how this book was ever published with as many grammatical errors it had.  I am certainly no editor, but obviously if EL can write a book-anyone can!

Third, I see what women like about these books.  Before I even got to the “sex portion” I was already charmed by Christian Grey.  His confidence and success would make any woman swoon.  Most women love a man like that.  From my view, I believe women love a man who is in charge and in control.  I think that because women have spent years trying to be equal to men in the workforce, and in a way women have lost a little of their femininity.  Women have become too aggressive and independent.  And to me they have forgotten how men are and were (to me) supposed to be.  So they see this strong and confident character and they’re drawn to that.  But one thing I bet women won’t notice is how men (in real life) have turned into softer, emotional creatures.  It’s as if more men have picked up the emotions that women used to and some do still have.  So therefore because women fought to be equal they lost what they want and need in a male partner.  Also they’re more concerned about their own needs and forget how to take care of a man.  Ever since these books have been out I have gotten a lot of couples coming in to my store asking about bondage type products.  I feel that because it has been in national news and an entertainment trend, women are now open to try these type of sex acts.  If 50 Shades of Grey never became popular then women would never have paid attention to that type of lifestyle.  Women value other people’s opinions before their man in their life.  And as women read this book it got them excited to try it.  I can almost assure you that if a man brings up the idea to try new sex acts to his gf/wife she would find him disgusting for wanting to do such things.  Or she would think that he is doing such acts with another person, which would lead to an even bigger issue with the relationship.

Finally, my first confession: I enjoyed the book series.  If you have not read 50 Shades Darker, or 50 Shades Freed, you really should so you can understand the entire story.