The Christian Grey Effect
The latest phenomenon on the book market is the trilogy around the rich and quite demanding business man Christian Grey and his (rather not) girlfriend Anastasia Steel. The two are like chalk and cheese but then opposites attract as we know. The rest has been well discussed in various articles and on tv shows. The infamous Red Room, whips and other “toys” to make Ana the woman Christian desires.
Mummy porn for some but definitely a gold mine for E L James who has become a bestselling author. Sex sells and there is nothing wrong with that but I still can’t help to see the risks that are imminent. I am not saying that a woman can’t enjoy the described intimacy or kind of relationship Christian and Ana share but let’s face it, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea to be chained and spanked by the love of your life. The risk however is that women all over the world think that’s exactly what they have to pretend to enjoy. This might be a liberation gone wrong.
Kevin Drake, the male protagonist of my novel, The Worst Feeling Ever, might appear to be without any feelings but he is a troubled man and deep down he has a hurting that needs to be freed. I am not sure I can say that this is true for Christian Grey. Maggie Dawes, my heroine, on the other hand is a woman who needs to come to terms with a suffering that started long time ago. But as heartbroken she might be, she is a headstrong person who knows what she wants and what she doesn’t. She would not just do what a man wants to please him.
Still, 50 Shades of Grey is fun to read and that might be the main purpose of a book.
What do you think?