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A Red Hot Novel

Updated on May 23, 2012

Why is Fifty Shades of Grey so popular?

I read this book a while back and I found it to be an interesting read, as well as very provocative as well as entertaining as hell, however I found it also to be a bit disturbing. I didn't take this novel very seriously, as I got that it was just an over the top fantasy. However, lately there seems to be a lot of controversy with the plot of the book and there are many women who are offended and disturbed by this novel; that made its way all the way to the New York Time's Best Seller list.

The plot of the story involves Anastasia and billionaire boyfriend Christian. He tries to get her to sign a contract between them that allows him total control over her life. She discovers that he is quite kinky to say the least, Christian is in to BDSM and she agrees to experiment with this form of bondage and sadism. She also discovers that there was some abuse in his past, which can explain a lot.

I think that this book is becoming so popular because it is a very sexy, story. It isn't a work of art by any literary imagination but it does delve into a topic that isn't spoken about too much. Also, the idea that a woman is that submissive to a man is very controversial but quite interesting.

People are speculating that women, especially mothers are enjoying this book because it carries them away to fantasy land where they can indulge in all their sexual fantasies through the protagonist Anastasia, maybe, but on the other hand I can see where some women can feel a little degraded by this character.

It doesn't surprise me that this book has become so popular, we all know that sex sells and lots of sex sells a lot!! So aside from all the hoopla and deep Freudian explanations about why this book is popular, my answer is that people, mainly women, like to read about love, sex and intimate relationships.

The Origins of Fifty Shades of Grey

I found it interesting that this book was written by a woman E. L. James that started out on a Twilight fanfiction about the series, originally titled Master of the Universe. The character based on Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, but when the sexual content became too much, the writer who was writing under the pen name "Snow Queen's Ice Dragon", yanked it and published it on her own website. Later she changed the character's names to Anastasia and Christian and had it published.


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    Sarah 5 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

    Just remember that fantasy is fantasy... it doesn't mean you want your life to be like that.

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    ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Jberry

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    Jberry07 5 years ago

    I've heard the The Help is a fantastic book! My mother had recommended it to me and I am fully intending on reading it. However, when it comes to the Fifty Shades of Grey, I am not so enticed. I don't really follow the Twilight Series, so I guess this wouldn't be my cup of tea either. Don't let me discourage you however if you want to read it. Happy Thursday!

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    ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks RedElf its always great to see you. You are right about women writers and the erotica especially by the likes of Anne Rice....Cheers.

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    RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

    Nicely done, lj! I have heard some buzz about this book, but "The Help" is much more my cup of tea. Women do write great erotica, though, so maybe I'll have to check it out.

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    ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

    Kathleen thanks for reading, I havent read the Help yet and I guess I need to. I get what you are saying completely about this book if it doesn't sound like your cup of tea then I wouldn't bother. Cheers.

    One2get2no thanks for stopping by hope you arent dissappointed. Cheers.

    europwalker I agree with you about the other two, the one was enough for me as well.

    Hey sister glad to see at least one of my sisters still reading what I have to say. Thanks for your comments. CHeers. love ya.

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    Mary Gaines 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

    It sure sounds like an interesting book........another great hub....blessing sis

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    europewalker 5 years ago

    Couldn't wait to read Fifty Shades Of Grey,not in a rush to read the other two. Fantasy for some or do women really want to be controlled by a man? Either way it was an interesting read.

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    Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

    You have persuaded me that I ought to read this book. I have read quite a few of EL James novels.

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    Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    I'm hearing about this book everywhere, much like I did "The Help", which must have had the best marketing plan of any book ever written and well worth it.

    This book sounds like one of those niche successes that people (women) just latch on to. Doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but then a lot of cultural hype passes me by.

    Thanks for the hub. I'd been wondering what all the hoopla was about. Hate to hear it's about women flocking to read about being abused. They could just as easily pick up their local newspaper.

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    ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Michelle!

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    Michelle Taylor 5 years ago from New Jersey

    Just a note that Ana never actually signs the contract giving him complete control over her. They discuss it at length however after getting a taste of what a true "punishment" would entail she flees and the contract is never mentioned again.