Analysis Of Fifty Shades Of Grey By E. L James

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Six weeks after its initial release (March 2012), Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James had sold about 10 million copies. By February of 2014, it had sold over 100 million copies, making it one of the bestselling series of all time. For a long time, erotic literature brought up images of Fabio and outlandish, sordid romance. Until Fifty Shades hit stands. The trilogy makes a modern fairytale dangerously erotic. It focuses on a recent college graduate, Anastasia Steele, who falls for a damaged millionaire, Christian Grey. They embark on a complicated dominant/submissive contractual relationship and, eventually, end up married with children. Many people see James as starting a new genre called “Mommy Porn.” This distinction is important as the massive hype around Fifty Shades allowed for an exploration of contemporary marital sex norms and views. These conversations usually center around why women, especially married women, liked the book so much. It seems the sex in the book is a big attention seeker – it is also a big source of controversy, as many people in the BDSM community see James as misrepresenting their ways and others see it as rapacious. Christian’s domination over Anastasia, in sex and life, seems to draw people to their relationship. The popularity of Fifty Shades and further explorations of marital practices in America show traditional gender roles still effect marriages today in the form of the domination of the husband’s sexual appetite (and the added effect of

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