The woman’s face began turning red, her throat began to tighten, and her breathing quickened, it was clear that while reading Fifty Shades of Grey she was bothered, but the question still remains if that meant she was enjoying it or was enraged by the book.
Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey hit the bookshelves on June 20, 2011, America has had a constant fascination with this piece of literature. Team Grey or Team Terrible Book of Fiction. People either can’t get enough of this twisted relationship or they want to ostracize anyone who claims this book is a form of entertainment. Entertainment Weekly gave the book a “B+” rating and praised it for being “in a class by itself.” I completely agree with that statement, because unlike what my mom calls a “dirty book” aka a romance novel, Fifty Shades of Grey has an interesting plot line. According to Business Insider, I am not the only one who feels this way because Fifty Shades of Grey has been on the New York Times’ best-sellers list for 16 weeks and still holds a spot! The book also just became the first book to sell more than 1 million copies on the Amazon Kindle and has sold 16 million copies of the series in the U.S. alone, according to Business Insider. So it does seem people still have in interest in this semi-dirty book.
Now I’ll admit that I have read the whole series and enjoyed it, but even as I say this, I am slightly embarrassed to admit this over the internet. The reason is because the moment someone says they have read this book, they are immediately judged. Many people react to this news like you just told them you watch porn. And it is for that reason that I would not read these books in public, which only reemphasizes the feelings that reading them is wrong and inappropriate. But to those who are judging me, have you actually read the books? You will find there is a lot more to it than just what people have tagged as “Mommy Porn.” The characters go through struggles, Anastasia is relatable, and Christian has that charm every girl dreams about. This series has created a cult following such as Twilight, except instead of the PG version of the Bella & Edward relationship (which is why we all read those books) it takes it to an R level.
And I think this rating is adequate because no one ever said these books are for children or the faint of heart. In March 2012, public libraries in Brevard County, Florida, removed copies of Fifty Shades of Grey from shelves because the content was too sexual. However, due to popular demand, they restocked the books allowing the people of Florida to express their right to read what they like. Also a real life “submissive,” Sophie Morgan, disapproved of the book and had this to say to The Huffington Post, “the book has done little to remove the misconception that submissives are doormats or throwbacks to a pre-feminist age, and as someone who self-defines as ‘submissive’ that makes me grumpy.” So yes, there are many people who this book is not for, but after all, this is a book of fiction, so to depict it apart for accuracy and to say the writing is not quality because of its sexual content is to say an apple is not a fruit. Its all in the eye of the beholder but in the end it is still a book and people are still going to continue to read it.
Fifty Shades of Grey’s popularity has become so infamous Universal and Focus Features paid $5 Million for the film rights. The internet is currently buzzing with rumors of who will play Anastasia Steele and the mysterious Christian Grey. My vote is for Ian Somerhalder, who plays the dangerous Damon Salvatore on Vampire Diaries. But if you’re interested in the other contenders check out The Insider. Now this could be a little awkward seeing it in theaters, but I know I will still buy a ticket.
So before you judge a book by its cover you should read it, because with a track record like Fifty Shades of Grey, there has to be something people are captivated by.