The Fifty Shades book and movie series aren’t about sex.
They’re not NOT about sex, but the sex is only one small part of it what makes them so compelling.
Because sex without love is just porn, and despite accusations to the contrary, Fifty Shades of Grey is definitely not porn.
It’s a complicated modern-day love story that pushes the limits of acceptability when it comes to relationships.
As the series progresses, the relationship in question becomes less alternative, and more the exact relationship we have been searching for all our lives.
And while the first book (and movie) were definitely the weakest of the trilogy, as characters were introduced and dodgy story lines clumsily developed, the second, Fifty Shades Darker was much, much better.
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In fact, you could call Fifty Shades of Grey the book the “most successful badly written book of all time”, because it sold 125 million copies around the world in four short years, the movie also broke numerous box office records by bringing in $474 million AUD.
Whatever you have to say about the series, it’s clear that E. L. James tapped into something huge and it’s phenomenal success shouldn’t take away from everything that’s great about it.
As the specific target market for the book – a suburban mum – I can tell you exactly why Fifty Shades is such an enormous success.
It’s about the magic of that first, incredible love.
It’s about meeting someone who brings out the best in you.
It’s watching lust evolve into love and then into complete and total devotion.
It’s the relationship will all dream of, drawn out in three books and three corresponding movies.
And Fifty Shades Darker is the best of them all.
Christian Grey, the damaged and darkly mysterious billionaire and the beautiful, sweetly untouched Anastasia Steele ended their relationship at the conclusion of the first movie.
Right afterwhen Ana realised she couldn’t be a part of Grey’s BDSM lifestyle.