These days, you can’t walk on a train or stand by your company’s resident water cooler without someone mentioning the surprising New York Times Bestseller series 50 Shades. Between the gasps and the speculation about the film adaptation for the first book Fifty Shades of Grey, we have re-learned one crucial fact. America loves its kink. Sex definitely sells.
The storytelling or even author’s E.L. James’ turn of phrase [“inner goddess” anyone?] are not the shining points of the story. The “Red Room of Pain”, sexual submission, and Christian Grey are the main points of attraction for readers. Christian Grey represents the man that American women love- dominant, rich, and handsome. Forget the psychological issues that temper the pages from the start. The gold in this former fan-fiction tale are the sex scenes, even if the series heroine Anastasia Steele muses about her internal issues during them.
For those reading for the steamy sex scenes and close look at BDSM, you can stop at Book One. The next two installments Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed tend to focus a bit more on the relationship of the protagonists and even try to feature a bit of suspense for the reader. If you grew to love Anastasia and Christian’s shaded world, read on. I know water cooler discussions will continue as the search for the perfect Anastasia and Christian continue on Internet message boards.