A book that focuses on BDSM sex became one of the world’s best seller books. Fifty shades of grey even when on form being a book to being a movie which was of course banned in several countries because of the adult nature of the content.
It’s sold 70 million copies worldwide, dominated the New York Times bestseller list for over 50 weeks, and caused an 80 percent increase in sales for blindfolds. It’s E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy, an erotic romance that traces the intense relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young entrepreneur, Christian Grey. The trilogy has become notorious for its sexually explicit plot, which explores the darker side of romance through bondage, masochism, and submission.
Of course we do note that sex sells and so if fifty shades was packaged in sex, it was to sell. But the fact that it even surpassed the expectations o-f many because sex does not sell as much. You see the kind of sex mentioned in the book is mostly desired by men but the author managed to make it desirable to women too. The focus was not on the man but on the woman.
What’s behind the trilogy’s runaway success? The books hit the romance novel scene at just the right moment, insiders say, riding a wave of smart marketing and benefiting from the erotica world’s e-book savvy. Plus, if the plot and characters sounds a bit like “Twilight” fan fiction, it’s because they’re modeled after them.
The most potent (and obvious) factor is that sex sells, and kinky romances like “Fifty Shades” are sating women’s lust for erotica-lite, said Jaclyn Friedman, author of “What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety.”
“The popularity of ‘Fifty Shades’ speaks to the fact that the dominant model of mainstream pornography and ideas of sex are targeted at men. The fantasy starts when he’s into it and ends when he’s done,” she said.
Unfortunately things are not looking to good for the movie sequel as much as they look good for the book. One of the main characters will not be back again since his wife said no. Finding a suitable replacement might also be problematic.
Who should be the new Christian Grey?
Jamie Dornan is threatening to quit Fifty Shades of Grey before the sequels are made – because his wife doesn’t want him to, it has been claimed.
So if he’s threatening to quit then we need to find a replacement pretty quickly, but who fits the bill?
According to the book, “Christian Grey is tall, slim yet muscular and broad-shouldered with dark copper-colored hair and “smoldering” gray eyes” (yes he’s meant to be GINGER) and aged 27-28.
To play Christian in the next two (or possibly three films, knowing the recent trend for splitting final movies), the replacement basically needs to:
- Be handsome.
- Happy to get naked.
- Be charming.
- Have “hidden darkness”.
- Be willing to not quit after one film.