Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today: 3.37 miles; Running Total: 177.37 miles)
Day 222 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.
I went to see Fifty Shades of Grey with my friend Veronica. We both read the books and we’ve had a standing date ever since we heard there would be a movie. We sat in a theater full of women (and maybe two guys) and for two hours we giggled and bit our lips like we were fifteen year old girls.
Seeing Fifty Shades of Grey reminded me of seeing Magic Mike. It was just a good time.
Speaking of Magic Mike…
Dear Movie Makers –
Women get rowdy, too. More please.
Sincerely, Anyone with a vagina
Say what you want about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I have never seen a book cause such a stir. It’s kind of cool to hear people talk so much about a book – any book.
When that book came out I saw it everywhere. Not a day went by for months on end that there wasn’t a story about it in the media. People bought Kindles and Nooks in droves because they wanted to read it but they didn’t want anyone to know they were reading it.
I know, I know.
The reviews were all over the board.
It’s smut. It’s romantic. It’s control-freak scary. It’s a fan fiction hack. People love it. People hate it. People love to hate it.
It’s not like Fifty Shades of Grey was the first erotica book to ever exist on the book market. Hell, Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t even the most graphic erotica book on the market. Google ‘A. N. Roquelaure’ sometime and I promise you, you’ll never look at Sleeping Beauty the same again.
But there was something about Fifty Shades of Grey that caught people’s attention.
The only book I can think of that even came close to causing that kind of media stir was Harry Potter. I was (am) a huge Harry Potter fan and J. K. Rowling is awesome, but even she can’t claim the kind of media frenzy that Fifty Shades can.
And now that we have a movie to go with the book the controversy has started all over again. Which is kind of hilarious because while there were a lot of negative reviews, there are also crazy ticket sales numbers.
Which goes to show that, controversy or not, what really matters is that people are talking about it.
Love it or hate it, Fifty Shades of Grey captured people’s attention. Which, to me, says the story works.
I say kudos to E. L. James. She did what every author wants to do. She wrote a book that made people talk.
If you don’t like it, that’s okay. No one is making you watch the movie or read the books.
But no one can deny that Fifty Shades of Grey is a monster success.
And I’m pretty sure that’s what the author was looking for.
Today’s silver lining: A day at the movies.
And bring on the sequel.
What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!
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