Honestly, the phenomenon eluded me for two reasons:
1. I don’t think it’s all about the explicit sexual scenes. You can find sex in romance novels with Gone with the Wind-like characters on the cover embracing with the rolling green behind them.
2. The writing is ridiculously bad i.e. “My subconscious glares up at me over her half-moon spectacles, distracted from volume two of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens, and mentally chastises me.”
“Yes. Really,” my sub-conscious retorts as she rolls her eyes at me.
So, what is it? Why is the world so intrigued with this trilogy?
Two Words: Christian Grey
He’s drop-dead gorgeous, wealthy, strong, decisive, a man’s man, romantic but most importantly, he needs to be saved, and he changes . . . for her.
That’s really all a woman wants. She wants to be the center of her man’s world and to change him. A woman wants to have the power to have an effect on a man’s life. She wants to love this completely messed up guy that no one has been able to get through and then be responsible for his transformation.
Women are drawn to imperfect men and our nurturing instincts tell us that with TLC we can change any man that we love, but experience has shown us time and time again that this is is not the case. A woman needs to take a man as he is and if the man cares enough he might make some compromises and adjustment but not necessarily earth-shattering changes. The thing is that we shouldn’t expect a man to change anyway. Women need to find the guy that most closely matches what she wants not someone that could be what she wants.
But while most women figure this out, Fifty Shades of Grey plays on this fantasy and I’m not going to lie, the story of transformation really pulled me. So not only do women get to imagine their sexual fantasies in the trilogy but they also get to fantasize about changing a man.
Did you read Fifty Shades of Grey? What drew you into the book? Was it the sex? The story line? Do you think a man like Christian could really change?