I have read the trilogy of 50 Shades 12 times, as well as the follow on novel Grey 3 times. So I consider myself one who knows a ‘little’ bit about this wonderful story.
I was first introduced to the story by way of the BluRay movie. My wife purchased and brought home the movie last summer. I had NEVER heard of it or read the first novel. My grandson took a girlfriend to see the show and came away believing it to be a porno movie. When he told that to my wife she immediately took the movie back to the store.
I decided to do a little checking and finding that the movie had made over $500 million dollars and the book had sold over 125 million copies I said to myself: ‘This CAN NOT be a pornographic story. Women read this stuff and it that were true, surely not that many women would have read this story.
I downloaded the movie on my computer and began watching. To my surprise what did I find? A Love-at-First Sight story of tremendous feeling and passion. I stopped the movie, called my wife (of 46 years) up to sit beside me and started the show again from the beginning. She was fascinated. In fact when the movie ended she told me that it was one of the best shows she had ever seen. Very realistic and was NOT a porno movie.
I purchased the three novels: 50 Shades of Grey; 50 Shades – Darker; 50 Shades – Freed. I have read all of them twelve times over the past year. They provide a message of hope and happiness for young women everywhere. Men can be beasts, that is true and is a central theme behind Christians’ character. But with love and strength of will, a woman can draw the beast out of the man, and replace it with desire and trust, and the need to treasure the woman in a his life. I experience that daily from my own wife. NO, we’re not into BDSM or anything like that. We love and trust each other, break each other’s heart often with simple mistakes and unfeeling attitudes. But in the end, we love each other and would not wish to have married anyone else in the world. Just as Christian and Ana discover during their journey.
My own novels attempt to project that same kind of feeling.
and be sure and look for my next novel to be published soon: My Daughter in Ashes.