I picked up the trilogy from the library and figured I’d see what was upsetting people, libraries, etc. It looked like a good premise for a story. Pretty young thing falls for rich playboy with kinky sexual habits. Sounds just right.
Sigh… I am disappointed. If you haven’t read it and want to, stop reading right now because what I write next will classify as a spoiler.
Okay, The book. I got about 100 pages into the first one and my brain went … “Wait a minute.” In the story, Ana Steele, virgin, college grad falls for Christian Grey, rich million-zillionaire playboy who is a control freak. In fact, he considers himself fifty shades of fucked up. He’s a Dominant, and wants Ana as his submissive. Okay, I can go with this premise. I read on, but something just doesn’t feel right. I keep reading. Okay, he’s a bully, controlling, sexually aggressive. Then it hits me. Grey seems more like a sub than a Dom. A Sammie.
I keep reading and share some of it with Wolf. He looks at me and asks…”Which one is the sub?” I explain. He walks away shaking his head. “Grey isn’t a Dom, he’s a sub acting out. He’s the one with the issues, and she’s Topping from the Bottom”, he says and walks away.
Hmmm…. I think. I keep reading. Oh boy… abused by a crack whore mom that died on him. Pimps abused him. Poor little abused boy ends up in the hands of a rich family that take him in and at 15 he starts a relationship with a Domme. She teaches him to be a sub…. supposedly to get over his issues, which doesn’t happen because Grey is still all fucked up. Sees a psych, etc. Wolf walks over and I explain that he was right about the “poor abused child” syndrome etc. that we’d talked about as a plot devise. He rolls his eyes.
In the book of course, rolling one’s eyes is a spankable offense. I finish up the first book and move onto the second, Fifty Shades Darker. We learn more about the terrible early life of Grey. His ex-Domme and present business partner is literally having a spitting cat fight with Ana over the fact that Ana is being cruel to her subbie, Grey. Gads. By now, Grey has ‘broken all his rules’ and will do anything Ana asks of him. More sub than thou…. Damn.
He’s rich, has everything at 27, and has issues that he hasn’t worked through, but feels that it’s okay, because he can control his world by being a Dominant except when Ana is around. Sigh… Sorry. It might be a better book if he didn’t have everything, had figured out his issues and then met Ana and managed to change from a controlling ass to a human being. Oh, and he’s jealous of everything that even sniffs in Ana’s direction and lets it rule his temper. Sorry, he has failed the Feces Coagulation Factor Test.
Overall, it isn’t a bad book, if you don’t understand BDSM, or the D/s or M/s lifestyle. It’s sort of like what the Craft was to Wicca and paganism. It will give all sorts of people all the wrong ideas about BDSM. Definitely not a How To guide. It’s a cutsie book about a screwed up hero saved by a strong heroine. Then there’s the sex. The sex is… well… okay. I’ve read better in a 3 page story off of Literotica or in five paragraphs off half a dozen blogs. The story doesn’t survive my usual test either. If you take the sex out and it is still a good story, then it’s good. This story doesn’t pass.
I think that the author probably had a good premise. Certainly doesn’t seem though that there was enough homework done on the dynamics of BDSM, D/s or M/s. It will titillate the vanilla crowd. It will probably drive up the sales of toy handcuffs, whips, crops and baby lotion to soothe spanked skin. Oh and condoms. Grey’s responsible and almost always wears a condom. It will probably make a great movie and be a top seller. However, it isn’t really about BDSM. It’s about slightly Kinky vanilla sex and a screwed up man saved by the ‘right woman’.
Will I finish the trilogy? Yes. It’s kinda like a train wreck… Gotta see just how it ends.