Who Are The Real Readers Of Fifty Shades Of Grey?
Well I took myself off to see the much anticipated “Fifty Shades Of Grey”.
Yes, I admit, I have read all three books and yes I fit the perfect demographic for these said books….or so I thought…..
I dropped the kids at school and headed into our quiet little local cinema, bought my ticket and popcorn. As I sat down I chanced a look at my fellow movie goers.
Who else was braving a public viewing of this taboo movie with me?
What I expected was some bored, 40 something housewives, after all who else would take themselves off to the movies on a ‘school day’ … But one demographic that has obviously been completely overlooked is the wandering “Grey Nomad” (how apt…. “Grey”).
You can imagine my surprise when I perused the interior of the darkened cinema and found clusters of “Nannas and Pa’s” all chowing down their popcorn and waiting for the opening title to begin!
Maybe they were completely ignorant and thought this new movie was all about finding that perfect shade of grey for their changing locks…
Maybe they thought this so called raunchy movie was set in a retirement village, hence the use of the word “Grey”…
Then I thought to myself…. “Holy Moly, this just got a lot more awkward….. and interesting!”
I mean sitting next to a group of your gaggling and giggling girlfriends while you stare in awe at Christian Greys amazing butt (yes ladies he does have an amazing butt) is one thing.
But really the awkwardness of doing this while sitting next to Grandma and Grandpa, is completely another story! Although I am quite certain I heard a sharp intake of breath from ‘behind’ me (‘scuse the pun), as Christian dropped his pants.
I’m not sure why this surprised me though. My Mum lives in a residential village for over 55’s and I tell you the residents in these villages are not just biding their time here waiting until there is a nursing home vacancy.
In this village you won’t find any rocking chairs on porches. No, here the residents here a more active social life than I do.
But you could have knocked me over with a feather the day I happened to be at a village BBQ and the topic of conversation turned to “Fifty Shades Of Grey”. Even my Mum weighed in on the conversation. OMG my mother had NOT read this book…. had she? *cover ears* and sing “lalalalalalalala”…….TMI!!
So as the older generation was taking in…let’s just say the more raunchier scenes in Fifty Shades. It made me wonder whether the hubbies had been dragged along reluctantly by their ever keen wives, or in fact if they were there of their free will. Regardless their eyes never left the screen.
Maybe it was a lithe and graceful Dakota Johnson baring all that kept their eyes glued, or maybe they were busy taking some notes for later….nahhh I definitely don’t want to think about that!
As we were all coming out of the theatre at the end of the movie, I chanced a question to one of the older movie goers.
“So what did you think?” I asked one lovely lady..
She paused, looked at her hubby, smirked and said “well it was interesting”….
Hubby turned to look at me and quite frankly I think he looked a little shell shocked…obviously he hadn’t read the books… but my guess is he was seeing his wife in a totally new light.
As for my opinion?
I understand that there have been many differing views on this movie and it certainly is raising a few questions and sparking a few debates around social media.
So I’ll just say this…..
If you have read ALL 3 BOOKS…. yes all 3….. you will enjoy it and you will understand it. You will have a greater sense of the plot line because you know what is going to happen later on.
The BDSM scenes will not seem so shocking to you and it will not instil thoughts of domestic violence. You will have read the books and know what is going through Ana’s head during these scenes (alert: she’s not exactly complaining).
This movie is actually aimed at audiences who have read the books, there is a lot left open for interpretation that only readers would understand.
If you have only read the 1st book, you may like it. You will understand what is going on, but you still won’t have a deeper understanding of the plot line to follow. You won’t be shocked during, let’s say the more raunchier scenes, because you already know what to expect and you know what is exactly going through Ana’s head at the time.
If you haven’t read any of the books, you will probably hate it and I actually think you should give it a miss.
You will think that Christian is an egotistical, controlling, narcissistic abuser, who only thinks about himself. It’s true he is used to getting his own way, but that’s where our heroine comes in and changes that later.
If you really want to see it, I suggest maybe reading book 1 and at least book 2 first (yes they are terribly written), but it will help give you a bigger picture of the storyline and what is to follow.
In essence Fifty Shades Of Grey, could indeed be two different movies. It will seem like two different movies for a lot of people.
It will be one movie for those who have read the books and a totally different movie for those that haven’t, therefore this is why reviews and opinions, on the same movie are differing widely.
Just remember people…It is a movie!!!!
Either way I think it’s going to be an interesting night in the old retirement village tonight!