Fifty Shades of Grey Book Club Questions
Fifty Shades of Grey has topped the New York Times bestsellers list and has become a pop culture sensation. Everyone has heard of Fifty Shades of Grey book even if they haven't read it. It has been called "Twilight for Big Girls" and "Mommy Porn". It didn't take long for me to borrow this bestselling novel from a girlfriend.
As I'm reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I'm intrigued and curious as to who I could discuss the book with. A friend suggested a book club as a sarcastic remark but I decided to take this further. It's not surprising that Oprah's Book Club hasn't chosen Fifty Shades of Grey as their book club selection as erotic romance may not be "politically" popular.
People are already talking about Fifty Shades of Grey book whether or not they've read it. So I've decided to make Fifty Shades of Grey Book Club questions so you can continue the discussion and bring the topic out of the dark. Let's talk about relationships, power, innocence, and sex.
When Anastasia Steele first meets Christian Grey at the interview, he is flirting with her. Is this appropriate for a man of his power or is he abusing his power? Is flirting harmless? What are appropriate flirting signals and inappropriate ones?
What would you think if you were Christian Grey's mother and met Anastasia wearing her son's shirt?
What would you think if you were Anastasia's father and was introduced to Christian Grey as his daughter's boyfriend?
Is there an appropriate amount of time before you introduce the parents in a relationship? How long? How important is it?
Anastasia is a virgin and Christian Grey is the man who "pops her cherry" so to speak. Do her actions and openness to what Christan Grey offers make her a believable virgin? Think about your first time, how would you describe it? Would you want to be in Anastasia's shoes and be with experienced Christian Grey for your first time instead?
What was your first reaction when you read THE CONTRACT? What would you be comfortable or not comfortable with? What changes would you want to make? Is Christian Grey asking too much? Why or why not?
Christian Grey makes it clear that he is not a "hearts and flowers" guy. How important is romance versus sex in a relationship? Would you give up romance for the quantity and quality of sex that Christian Grey promises to provide? Would you be able to submit to a contract and not fall in love?
Anastasia is hesitant to accept gifts from Christian and often prefaces by saying she is "borrowing" the items rather than accepting them as gifts. Why is she so adamant about this? Is it really any different to borrow rather than accept? Gifts are not money but their value is equivalent, so does this make Anastasia a modern day call-girl or "Pretty Woman"?
How does his abuse as a child play into his adult sexual life? His whole life has been dominated by similar contracts and lack of intimacy. Why do you think it's so difficult for those sexually abused to be in intimate relationships?
How does her character change as she grows into the relationship with Christian Grey? Is this a positive relationship for her? Why or why not? How will this relationship with Christian Grey impact the rest of her life?
You can see Anastasia's power over Christian grow throughout the novel. What are some examples where Anastasia is dominant?
Is Christian Grey abusing his power and wealth to manipulate Anastasia to being his submissive? What is Christian's power?
Fifty Shades of Grey is filled with sex scenes. Which one was your favourite or what aspects of the scenes did you enjoy most? With the growing popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey book, let's talk about sex! What did you like in the book? What didn't you like? What did you learn? Do you feel it is realistic or just fantasy?