Nov 17, 2014

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Question – What Is The Big Deal With The 50 Shades of Gray Movie?

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Unless you live under a rock, you are aware that this movie trailer was released last Thursday:

Now some of you are all a flitter and some of you are like me…not so much all a flitter.

First let me say that I have not read 50 Shades.  I have no desire to read it either.  But I can understand that, for those who had never tried reading a book with ‘that kind’ of sex in it that it would be have been enticing, intriguing and maybe even a little bit a lot naughty.  It created a huge boom in erotica sales and turned many non-romance readers into romance-book-devour-ers.

I am both happy at this and not.  Happy because it’s nice that romance book sales received a boom.  Not happy because many publishers have moved their focus from releasing many books from my favorite genres (urban fantasy and paranormal romance) to pumping out copious amounts of contemporary romance/erotic books.  And apparently, these ‘new to romance’ readers only wanted to read carbon copies of 50 Shades because that is pretty much what hit the market with a vengeance.  *sigh*

Now let’s talk about this movie.  I have been told by those who have read the book that the ‘extra-naughty’ factor is what draws so many in.  And apparently, the extra-naughty is extra extra and graphic.  So if this is the ‘best’ part of the book, how on earth is the movie going to be as good as the book (or better, as movie people are hoping)?  The scenes I have heard about sound like they could only translate perfectly to porn on the big screen and we know this movie is not rated as a porn movie.

And many of you who were avid romance readers before 50 Shades was even released found that while the book had some entertainment value, it was no way to be considered a ‘great book’.  So why the hype over the movie?  If the movie can’t capture the book’s main draw properly (the ‘extra naughty’ factor) and if the book is mediocre at best, what is the big deal with the 50 Shades of Gray movie?


  1. Personally, I think it is just that people love the books (though from the excerpts that I’ve read, I don’t know why) and that automatically translates to excitement for the movie. I don’t think that the general public realizes at this point that there is no way for the movie to live up to the book, because of the porn factor. I mean, let’s face it, this book coined the phrase “mommy porn”.

    I remember when The Host was mentioned to come out as a movie. While it didn’t have the excitement of the Twilight saga, it still got a lot of hype for a romantic sci-fi movie. I loved that book, but my first thought was that the movie would be horrible. The first half of the book, all the dialogue was within the main character’s head. That doesn’t translate well to movies. After watching the movie (on Netflix, I wasn’t willing to pay to see it), I thought they did a better job than I was expecting, but the movie was still a flop.

  2. I LOVED the book!! – But I have no intention to see this movie, frankly I have no desire what’s so ever. There’s millions of people that don’t read books like we do, and when a book reaches that market it goes crazy…Like Twilight.

  3. By the time FOS came out, or came to my attention anyway, I had already read a number of great books in the erotic romance genre. Books by Tiffany Reisz, Joey Hill, Cherise Sinclair, etc. I’d also suffered through or DNFed a number of disappointing erotic romances that left me feeling annoyed for wasting the time and money. When FOS hit my screen, there was enough criticism making it sound like a book I’d assign to that disappointment category, so I never went there.

    So I’d have to say that the big deal with the FOS movie is the product of the power of marketing and promotion. People work hard at advertising and buzz-building, so no surprise that they can make it work.

    I don’t believe that the movie is likely to have anything like the impact that the book did, though. FOS was important because people who had never dreamed of reading sexy novels picked it up and enjoyed themselves. Sexy movies have been around for a long time now, so it seems unlikely that there would be the same opportunity for a breakthrough.

  4. Melanie – You’re right about the mommy-porn thing. And I’m glad that the Host wasn’t a complete waste of your time…just a little one 😉

    Lupdilup – Twilight! Crazy indeed lol

    Mzcue – I agree, I don’t feel the movie will have the same impact as the book.

  5. I really don’t know what is the big deal and something tells me it won’t do well in theaters. I might see it… but I’ll wait until it comes to cable. I won’t waste my money on it.

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