Fifty Shades of Degreyding


Fifty Shades of Grey – just uttering the title of this fan fiction turned mega-hit erotic novel is enough to provoke sniggers and uncomfortable expressions. This 2011 novel, written by British author E.L. James, follows the unconventional relationship between protagonist Anastasia Steele, college graduate and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. This seems harmless enough, however Fifty Shades of Grey is hardly a typical love story. High school student ‘B.B.’ has read the entire trilogy and is willing to shed some light on the story.

“Anastasia Steele is a sweet innocent virgin girl who goes to do an interview with Christian Grey… for her roommate,” she explains. “Mr. Grey is a ridiculously rich handsome dude with a [messed] up past which caused him to become interested in BDSM.”  Urban dictionary defines BDSM as “An overlapping abbreviation of Bondage and Discipline (BD), Dominance and Submission (DS), Sadism and Masochism (SM).”  Mr. Grey reveals this to Anastasia, and gets her to agree to spend more time with him.

“She thinks he’s a little insane but she also thinks he’s a babe and can’t resist his charm, so she lets him take her virginity,” B.B. states, “then he gets her to agree to sign a contract to agree to be his submissive and he is her dominant.”

To my surprise, Brittany continues to explain how the two eventually fall in love and “have children and live happily ever after.”

When asked if she believes the book is appropriate for girls aged 12-14, B.B. professes that she read the series when she was in middle school. However, her advice is the opposite, “No, unless their parents have read it and are completely fine with their kids reading porn.” She insists that the series is “definitely meant for adults, and if it gets in the hands of kids… it can put the wrong ideas and impressions in their heads about what relationships and sex should be like.”

So, as much as it may freak most people out, Fifty Shades of Grey may really be better suited for your mom than you’d like to think.