50 Shades of Grey

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Serena Paulson, Managing Editor

50 Shades of Grey isn’t known for its extensive and detailed writing style. It’s known for its contents of smut and tangled emotions, which was clearly portrayed in its movie adaptation. What people continually fail to realize, and continually criticize, is the fact that the series does not in fact romanticize abusive relationships.

First, one must understand what BDSM is and its context. Its a distinct type or physical relationship that is based on mutual trust and blatant honesty, as if you are not clear, things may go too far. The acronym stands for Bondage/Discipline, Dominant/Submissive, and Sadism/Masochism, as it has overlapping letters.

In the book, and the movie, the female character Anastasia openly consents to partake in Christian’s fantasies, though she needed to be more clearly informed. Whether you approve of what they did or not, Anastasia did consent, though she and Christian should have more openly discussed what exactly would be happening in the relationship, as what happened in the movie and in the book did not portray a healthy BDSM relationship.

Overall, the movie did a good job representing the book. It was what you would expect it to be, if you read the book. Mildly unrealistic with the wildly rich and handsome Christian, and the obscenely innocent and exceedingly pretty Anastasia Steele, the movie really does pull at the intrigue of its viewers.