50 Shades Of Grey

50 Shades Of What Now?

Ladies and gentlemen, everyone is talking about it so I can resist no longer. Let’s discuss 50 Shades Of Grey – as a novel, as a potential film franchise, as a phenomenon. What is it, how bad is it, who cares, and what sort of film is it going to make. Spoilers for all three books will follow, to the extent that you can spoil something with this little plot.

First of all, a quick reminder. What we’re talking about is a trilogy by a writer known as E L James, the story of a graduate called Anastasia who begins an affair with Christian Grey, a handsome 28 year-old billionaire who has a penchant for BDSM (bondage, domination, sado-masochism). For the inexperienced Ana, this is something of a culture shock, and much of the plot of the three books concerns the pair negotiating one another’s boundaries and establishing an emotional and sexual rapport, while Christian overcomes his need for absolute control of those around him and learns to treat Ana as her own person. Sort of.

There’s a bit of thriller business in the latter two books, but it barely matters. The whole thing began as Twilight alternate universe fan fiction, and particularly in the first book, those roots show through, but it’s now sold 31 million copies worldwide so we have to officially consider it its own phenomenon.

Read More At Empire .