WHAT LIES IN THE GREY?
By: Michelle Harripersadth
Many women read and watch chick flicks and romantic movies which depict their dreamy male lead and less than realistic story plots that they know are fiction yet still imagine a realistic version of the story that applies to their lives.
For months the silver tie and mysterious black backdrop taunted me and as the hype around the Fifty Shades Trilogy grew I remained torn, curious still but not compelled.
The one quote that stuck out for me was by the lead female character Anastasia Steel (Ana) “Perhaps I’ve spent far too long in the company of my literary romantic heroes and consequently my ideals and expectations are far too high”- Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Fifty Shades Trilogy has received mixed reviews despite its renowned success. Many people have dubbed the Trilogy as the knock-off version of the fan fiction based on the Twilight series. However, the Trilogy has surpassed the Twilight series. There may be multiple similarities that are evident in the characters, but with that being said, it is safe to say that the Trilogy is not for narrow minded people. The content that might be considered as taboo for some, are the reasons why others are drawn to it.
“It was very interesting. The story was touching about the growth of a man because of the love he has for a women and the change for the better,” said Marissa Jo Premraj.
The plot traces the relationship between a college graduate Anastasia Steele, and the enigmatic Christian Grey, whom upon meeting Steel is introduced to a whole new world. A world that includes BDSM (Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism), the dark sensual brooding gaze of the control freak billionaire, and the awkward and pure sense of Ana makes for an interesting read. Steele’s character is relatable to most women. Ana has her insecurities and she learns to work past them, ironically, Grey is a self-made billionaire however he is dubbed as “broken”.
The story plot for the first book includes the basic romance mixed with a lot of sexual scenes. However, it is in the second and third book where the actual story is divulged and the true test of love, passion and trust is displayed.
A huge reason why women are drawn to Christian Grey is partly because he is the idealistic male character. He is wealthy, driven and exceptionally good looking not to mention “amazing in bed”. But unlike other novels, the lead male is flawed and his flaws are highlighted tremendously. Grey is a control freak, with deep rooted issues that he expresses through sexual dominance and control.
The books are centered on the sexual relationship of Grey and Steele, but it also has suspenseful moments. While the books are certainly a page turner, they are not the best literary written books; however, for those looking for something different the Fifty Shades Trilogy is sure to hook you.