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Fifty Shades of Grey…Aiming to be pleased

Will the Fifty Shades movie quench every hungry woman’s thirst after fictional Christian Grey on it’s release on Valentine Day weekend or will we walk away dehydrated wondering why we invested time into another book craze? The jury still out, I’m ready to become his submissive this one time and only once.

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Like many other avid readers in 2012, I sadly hopped off The Twilight Saga bandwagon and purchased three tickets for the mommy porn express a la Fifty Shades Trilogy. By the way, don’t judge me :-)! I wanted to be apart of the phenomenon like everyone one else and I must say the books didn’t disappoint with the shock and awe. Whips, NDA’s, safe words, submission…Oh MY! This erotic novel involving the chaste Anastasia Steel with the dark and wealthy Christian Grey captivated the attention span of everyone in America whether they wanted to admit it or not. The writing was a little meh, as it was based off of an idea that Shades author EL James created from a Twilight fan fiction story Master of the Universe. Fifty composed a great love story that sold over a 100 million books according to the Hollywood reporter despite the unhealthy relationship tendencies that would never hold up in real life; however its fantasy just like the diamond sparkle of Edward’s skin and the happily ever after in the cottage with Bella. So, I was excited when the book was purchased by Universal/Focus Features and a movie was in development. Like every other reader I was concerned with the rating on the sex scenes and the movies just being really cheesy to be quite honest. But the movie doesn’t seem Twilight-ish (sorry Steph) and looks really promising from the previews. Looks can be very deceiving and an open mind I shall have.


Few things that I do know and I’m excited to share:

R rating (NC-17 was definitely on the table for a minute)

– The soundtrack is AMAZING! Salted Wound by Sia is my all time favorite it’s available on iTunes for preorder, release on February 12th.

– The infamous tampon scene was never even considered (Thank you Sam Taylor-Johnson!)

– Dakota Johnson defines coy virginal Anastasia Steel.


As I purchased my advance ticket to the 8:00 pm showing on February 12th my inner goddess wonders “Are we doing the right thing?” (FSOG ref) “Or should we just stay home and watch Empire?” I selected this showing on early release day, praying I could brave the crowded movie theater on premiere night with swooning ladies wearing plum colored sheath dresses fawning over actor Jamie Dornan, while wishing they were Dakota Johnson who portray Christian and Ana in the film adaptation. Yes, he is extremely handsome and she has the lip bite down but I love my personal space. All the praying to the movie heavens above won’t matter, this movie WILL sell out and it will be crowded. So, I will escort my comfy purple movie sweater and pray the crowds don’t combust (smile). This will be an interesting Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day weekend to remember! Will Christian aim to please? Stay tuned for my review of the movie to find out.

Always candid!


Universal/Focus Features Fifty Shades of Grey starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson Valentines Day weekend based on the novel Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson

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