Have you heard the buzz about the Fifty Shades Trilogy? I’m not talking 50 shades of makeup here, but the NY Times Bestsellers that are in #1, 2 and 3, the E.L. James’ books Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free. E.L. James said she was inspired by Bella and Edward in the Twilight series.
Recently the Today Show had a clip on the trilogy and what a buzz the books were causing, so I had to find out myself. Women in book clubs around the country were loving the characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. But then there’s the flip side of this – it’s erotic X-rated sex. Christian’s mad “kinky [email protected]#kery” and his dark controlling side. The books have been called mommy porn and more, because adult women can’t get enough of the trilogy. Now I hear there is word that the trilogy is talked about being made into a movie(s). Hmm, not sure how they are going to do that without it being rated X. As the women on the Today Show said, this maybe has given them the opportunity to talk about sex when they never had before – not necessarily with their friends in book club, but with their partners and talking with them about what they do and don’t like about their sex lives.
I haven’t had time to read a book from beginning to end for over a year, yet I read all three of these in one week. What keeps us entranced in these books? Is it the sex? Maybe. But I also kept hoping that the more I read, the more would be revealed about why Christian is the way he is. What is at the core of his control issues and more, and could someone really be like Ana and learn deal with him in the manner in which she handled herself and him? Of course it doesn’t hurt that he’s as handsome and as rich as ever.
Have you read the books? Check out E.L. James’ website too – there’s even soundtracks for each book.