Last night I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey. Here is my take on it, from a romance writer’s point of view.
Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been heaps of discussion around this movie which I think is healthy. It’s always interesting to read people’s comments however, I personally think you should see the movie before publicly airing your views.
I have to be honest, I didn’t read the entire book because I’m not a fan of fan-fiction. This is where the author writes the book chapter by chapter. I believe the publisher should’ve given the book a good edit and clean up before publishing it. That’s just my two cents.
I had no expectations about the movie and went for some escapism.
Did I like it? Yes!
The movie is reminiscent of Mills and Boon’s successful line, Presents, with the all-too popular trope, virginal heroine, billionaire hero. It worked well on screen and I thought the actors were well chosen for their roles.
Focussing on the hero, Christian Grey. He’s brooding, handsome and rich. Yes, he figuratively sweeps Anna off her feet but he displays the characteristics we want to see in a hero. He listens to her, is great in bed and finds her beautiful. Not once did I feel she was pressured into doing anything she didn’t want to do. In fact, I really enjoyed the “contract scene” in the boardroom. Anna stands up for herself, never caving into his demands because he’s handsome, rich, showers her with gifts etc….
In a romance the hero and heroine’s character arc changes because of each other. That’s not to say they make each other do something, but because of their journey to a Happily Ever After, they each change. We see this with Christian. Anna is so naive and she asks a ton of questions. At the beginning he’s more evasive but towards the end, he opens up to her.
With Anna, she’s initially horrified and perhaps a little disgusted at his BDSM play room. But after spending time with him, she’s starts/learns to trust him. This is huge. In every sex scene we know that if she says stop, he will stop. Even at the end, when she leaves and he follows her, she says stop and he listens.
We know Christian has different tastes in the bedroom. The backstory is hinted and even though we don’t know what it is, there is enough insight for us to know he is complex and not some sort of sadist. Apparently the book gives more insight.
If you’re offended by sex or nudity then this movie is not for you.
Have you seen Fifty Shades? And if so, did you like it? I’m interested to know 🙂