I remember when 50 Shades of Grey was first published and writers in a group I belonged to ridiculed the poor writing. I didn’t read the book then and I’m probably the only female in the US who didn’t read it right away. But the success of this book spurred a plethora of copycat novels over the next few years with a heavier emphasis on sex. In fact, it’s hard to pick up a romance novel today that doesn’t have an emphasis on sex.
Dubbed ‘Mommy Porn’, the popular erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey will be released as a film on Valentine’s day..Written by E.L. James, the story follows the relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young, successful business man, Christian Grey, who introduces her to the world of bondage,discipline and dominant/submissive sexual role play. After the novel was published in the UK and US, hardware stores reported an increase in sales of rope, cable ties and tape.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, the R18 film has been criticized by domestic violence groups, who have called for a boycott. But reviewers say the early scenes of the movie rely more on sensuality and tension between the couple, played by Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, rather than full-on sex.
Did you read the book? Do you plan to see the movie? Link to the trailer below for a quick preview.