Fifty Shades of Grey is a version of the Cinderella story, two people who would not have been exposed to each other except by coincidence. Ana (Cinderella) filled in for her sick roommate/school editor and physically fell in front of the interviewee, Christian (the Prince).
Christian Grey! Shades of S&M (Sadomasochism). Your Dominant probably saved your sanity, your self-worth, etc. in your damaged youth. You also knew what it meant to be a Submissive. You’ve had so many women and were overly experienced in sex but emotionally unavailable. You are attracted to Anastasia’s innocence. Your immaturity shows in your jealousy toward any other male who wanted to even talk to Anastasia—and this was before you even had sex with her. Every time you revealed something personal to her about yourself, you reverted to a little boy who was abused by your mother’s drug addict friends. You even walked like a little boy. When you asked Ana, “What are you doing to me?”, it’s obvious that with this woman you were nearly ready to change. As with any addiction, change is painful. For a man who didn’t do romance, you had a strange way of showing it with all the trips and gifts you were showering on her to attempt to persuade her to fulfill the contract.
Anastasia Steele! You were a young woman totally inexperienced in sex but emotionally available. You had male and female college friends. However, you weren’t attracted to your male friends, but were attracted to Grey who tried to put you at ease in the interview for your college newspaper you conducted for your female roommate who had the flu. Your immediate objectives lay in your upcoming finals and graduating. Would you, the damsel who was not in distress, save the “knight” who was? When Christian asked, “Do you trust me?”, of course, you said “yes” because you wanted what you thought he should have been able to give emotionally. Every woman wants to have sex with a man who knows how to do it right (or is at least teachable) when he allows himself to be so.
I saw the movie in a movie theatre in 2015—one of the few times I’ve gone to movie theaters. I believe the movie will become a classic in the adult genre. There is nothing wrong with having a classic under your belt, although it’s certainly not a love story in the usual sense. I just finished reading all three books: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. I will write a review of them later.
The movie begged for a sequel. So many things were not fully addressed in the first movie. I begged Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson to do the sequel. I hoped also that the screenwriters would outdo the first movie in their sequel. The soundtrack was stupendous, especially Annie Lennox’s version of the song “I put a spell on you” which began the movie! Thank you, author E. L. James!
Admit it, fellow kinks—you came for the sex, and either the potential love story kept you there or the intensity of the little bit of “torture” made you walk out (as some critics say they did)!
Written by Rosa L. Griffin