50 Shades of Dismay

This article is brought to you by the second Blaugust 2020 Promtapalooza topic presented by the new to me and awesome blogger Dragonray of Azerothian Life: What is some popular piece of content/media that seems to be universally loved that you have never been able to understand?

Game of Thrones was the first thing to pop into my mind, so I could definitely pick the same answer that Dragonray did. However, I decided to throw some shade (pun intended) at another seemingly popular piece of work that makes my skin crawl just thinking about it…

Yep. 50 Shades of Grey, the super popular erotic fantasy every woman apparently loves. Whelp. This woman sure as hell does not.

I suppose you could call it unfair of me to hate on this without coming within 10 meters of the novels and wanting to hurl every time I saw a preview for the movie version back in 2015.

Don’t care. There are some things you know you’re just going to hate based on common knowledge. This is one of those things.

The premise is essentially that a bastard billionaire bribes an innocent young woman into becoming his sex slave, and then I guess they do a ton of crazy poorly worded BDSM things to each other. He seems like a pretty disgusting creep to me, but I guess it’s all an acceptable dreamy fantasy because he’s “hot” and rich.

Sorry if you like it, but that whole concept just sounds super fucked up to me.

Picard is right on here.

I don’t understand its popularity. I remember overhearing some of fellow female coworkers saying how excited they were to go see the movie and how much they loved reading the books. Plus this novel series thing has sold millions of copies in 52 different languages. And the movie version made over half a billion dollars worldwide at the box office… huh.

I just… really don’t get it.

To be blunt, being paid by a “sexy” billionaire to be banged in a bunch of weird ways just isn’t at all my idea of a dream romance. I have never been happier to identify as asexual!


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12 thoughts on “50 Shades of Dismay

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  1. I’ve never read them, but back whenever the books were popular, 99% of the ladies in the call center I worked at were obsessed with them, and I learned about it from them, and yeah. No. Effing. Thanks. Even from their description of the guy, I was just like GROSS. He sounds like a creep.

    You are spot on with that Picard meme.

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  2. I have neither read nor watched that stuff, as any kind of fascination or even mere interest eludes me completely.

    Unlike you I can’t manage to be disgusted either, it’s just one big ‘yeah, whatever’ for me. Given the hype I’m absolutely with you on the ‘Why?!?’ part though.

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  3. Being demi-sexual myself , I never got this attraction either. The romance part feels more like Stockholm syndrome than anything else from her perspective or I would imagine the guy falling in love with his pet from his. Both weird me out.

    The whole SM scene weirds me out anyway, I might slighty understand masochism by comparing it to eating spicy food and liking the burn, but willingky harming another seems slightly psychopathic to me.

    Mr Grey also seems a very shallow interest, he is rich sucessful and handsoms but his persona is rather shit at least earlier.

    I remember a dutch reality tv star telling a guy, this is what women want, and I was like I am gonna shove this book up the arse of the person asking me to whip me and I am akwardly running away from those asking to be whipped

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    1. Yes!! That’s exactly what it seems like: Stockholm syndrome. Very good points and thank you for sharing your thoughts!

      That’s probably the best use for that book 😂

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  4. From a bookseller’s point of view, “50 Shades” is one of the most inexplicable publishing phenomena of the last few decades. It’s rather poorly-written fan fiction (it began, famously, as an actual Twilight fanfic, published on fanfiction.net). I haven’t read it (although I’ve sold plenty of copies) but from talking to people to have it’s very BDSM-lite romantic fiction which drops most of the BDSM tropes as it progresses. As far as I could tell, people who never read anything remotely like this found it naughtily shocking while anyone who’d ever read anything by any mainstream author with a sex scene in it couldn’t see what the fuss was about. It’s hardly American Psycho or My Absolute Darling, after all.

    What does happen in publishing all the time, though, is that a certain book becomes a “must read”. People hear about it or read about it and feel they have to at least be able to pretend they’ve read it. There are several books like this every year that sell a disproprtionate number compared to what the publisher expected, for reasons no-one can adequately explain. 50 Shades was one of those but on steroids. It sold in huge quantities to people who normally don’t buy even one book a year. We had a lot of people come into the shop to buy it who pretty much had never been in a bookshop before and very likely haven’t been on one since.

    Like Harry Potter, 50 Shades was a bizarre outlier. The really weird thing was that they both occurred in the same generation. There’s been nothing remotely similar since, much though publishers and booksellers have tried to pretend there has.

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    1. Ah! That makes a lot of sense. People jumped on a bandwagon and then it went nuts from there. Thank you for sharing your professional insight on the matter!

      Now please excuse me while I try to figure out how to write a novel that becomes a bizarre outlier so I can become rich 😆

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  5. I hate 50 shades too. It seems more like a story about domestic violence being romanticized to me. The guy is a control freak who never changes and the girl wants to fix him which is fucking sick. Just because he’s rich doesn’t mean it’s okay. Abusers can be rich too. Disgusting series, if you see a Christian Grey in real life: RUN

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  6. Thanks for popping past and reading my post 🙂

    I agree with your sentiment on 50 Shades, I read them because I love reading erotic stories and had hopes it was good given how crazy everyone was going. It was not, but from the women I spoke to about it – they loved the ideas of BDSM and it being naughty and different to vanilla sex/relationships.

    Sadly, I think there are so few women who experiment with their sexually, it was an amazing read for them. It blew their minds when I told them about my collar and matching whip :p ahahhaha

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    1. And thank you for checking out my post and sharing your perspective! 🙂

      Haha! That’s awesome you have those things. As an ace I can’t really relate, to be honest, but I fully support you rocking it in your own ways.

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