A sensual, sexy and raunchy slice of ‘mommy porn’? A tasteless, poorly written example of terrible fan fiction? Say what you will about “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the controversial breakout sensation from British author E.L. James but definitely call it a lucrative cash cow.
Selling over 40 million copies worldwide, the story of a young, self-conscious woman’s ‘relationship’ with the successful, controlling and powerful Christian Grey has caused an uproar from women’s book clubs to libraries and of course the internet. While so much can and already has been discussed ad nauseam about the plot and its themes of sexuality and BDSM within the confines of this complex relationship, the book certainly has not gone without its proponents hailing the book as a fun and sexual masterpiece. Others on the other hand, have referred to “Fifty Shades of Grey” as this generation’s literary version of Justin Bieber.
For all its pros and cons, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is clearly not the re-emergence of Shakespeare. It will never compete on the level of Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote or Langston Hughes and maybe it shouldn’t have to. Whatever your take on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” phenomenon, one thing is ultimately clear. E.L. James, literary giant or not has produced a best-selling work that has everyone from tax attorneys to soccer moms giggling and gossiping about. The most glaring and most overlooked contradiction of all for those arguing that the book is demeaning to women, is that the overwhelming majority of fans of the book are women. Makes one think doesn’t it?
Not comfortable resting on its laurels as an international bestseller, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is now being fought over by several Hollywood studios for the film rights. Reportedly, author E.L. James has been offered as much as $5 million for the rights and rumors are running rampant about Hollywood sensation Ryan Gosling in the role of Christian Grey. With Hollywood constantly digging through the literary world for proven franchises to turn into the next blockbuster, it’s pretty much a no brainer that Christian and Anastasia would make their way into cineplexes at some point or another. The MPAA will probably have a field day with this one.
You just know that tickets will be sold out when “Fifty Shades of Grey” hits theaters worldwide. Somewhere deep down inside, somebody’s ‘inner goddess’ is salivating with anticipation.
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