Since there's no way I could slog through the book, I had to see the movie. Restaurants are too crowded on a Valentine's Day that falls on Saturday, so my honey and I got ice cream, then went to see Fifty Shades of Grey.
I was underwhelmed with the whole movie and kind of pissed at the idea of a rich, powerful guy taking advantage of a naive woman. I knew the premise of the story so I wasn't totally shocked by the plot. But realistically, I don't think any dom is going to want a sub as inexperienced as her. Maybe I'm wrong, but having Anastasia portrayed as (spoiler alert) a virgin (graduating college? Really?) kind of creeped me out. Christian proceeds to change that, then tries to talk her into becoming his sub. She plays along, a little, but really doesn't want to. She likes Christian but wants to do normal people stuff and isn't too wild about having her butt smacked with his belt. The two have nothing in common other than this obsession he seems to have developed for her. You can read the rest of the story synopsis just about anywhere.
Two things that most annoyed me about Christian: (spoiler alert)
1. He buys her a new car and sells her classic Volkswagen. She obviously likes her beetle so why did he sell it? I wouldn't turn down a new car but if I loved my old one, why couldn't I hang onto that too? Jerk.
2. Part of the contract he sets up for her says they will go to dinner and/or a movie once in awhile, like normal people, since he doesn't do romance. The rest of the time they're together, we assume, she gets to be whisked around in his helicopters, planes and what not but doesn't really get to enjoy the benefits of dating a rich man. Like nice dinners out, shows, etc. Doesn't sound like much of a deal to me.
From what people tell me, if I read the rest of the books the story unfolds further, but from this movie, all I see is a man wanting a woman to be something she's not. I know, this is erotic romance and there has to be some type of conflict and tension, but I'm getting tired of seeing overly-dominant men and women who lust after them for no apparent reason. For another view on this, read Kristen Lamb's post.
Surprise, someone is making fun of the book. Want to read a parody? Check out Fifty Shades of Beige.
My romantic weekend? My honey does do romance. He got up early Saturday and made me a flower arrangement, went along with my crazy ice cream and movie idea, cuddled with me in bed late Saturday night to watch a better movie and rocked my world Sunday morning. Take that, Christian Grey!
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