Posted in Erotic Romance, News
January 27, 2015

Fifty Shades of Sexy Success

By Liz Everly

Unknown-2I was on a road trip with Madeline Iva and we were JUST talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie. I wondered out loud about my small-town Southern community. We happen to have a wonderful movie theater—new, comfy, and huge. Folks travel from nearby towns just to come to this theater. I wondered if they would dare to run the movie. When I got home that night, I had a message in my Facebook personal messages folder from a group of middle-aged moms in my town. The theater is going to run the movie one night—and one night only—and do I want to go?

Do I want to go?

Hell yes.

If for no other reason, then just to satisfy my curiosity. How is this movie going to play out? It should be fascinating.

For the record, I’m not a big FSOG fan. I read it, thought it was interesting, but not written well. I didn’t like the female lead at all. And while I did didn’t “like” Grey, I found his story compelling. Frankly, it’s what kept me reading. I do appreciate what the book has done for erotic romance fiction. And I am a complete champion for any writer who manages to do so well. I read the other books in the series and the writing does get a bit better with each book. But I don’t think she will ever write as well as Sylvia Day. Just my opinion.

Given all of the astounding success of the book series, can this movie fail?

I wonder.

I think that it will definitely be a financial success. If for no other reason than people want to see what all the fuss is about. People are curious about it. But I wonder if it will succeed in other ways. Could the movie, perhaps, be done better than the books?

It’s possible that the movie could get at the heart of the story better than the book did, without the clunkiness of that prose. I really don’t know the actors’ or director’s work, so I have no expectations there. So yes, I suppose the POSSIBILITY of the movie being very good. It might play well over film.

The trailer offers me very little hope, though.  I mean, it just seems very so-so and meh. I am left shrugging my shoulders.

Right now, I think the most interesting thing about this movie is my little town and the reaction to it. We get to see it one night. And one night only. You have to buy the tickets in advance. I’m also wondering if this kind of marketing of the movie will be the way many small towns deal are handling it.  And that FB group conversation I was added to? Many people “left” it in droves…Which ignites my curiosity even further. I’ll be looking for those folks at the theater that night. Wink.

What do you think? Are you going to watch the movie? Do think it will succeed? Fail? Lady smut wants to know. While you’re at it, subscribe to our blog so that you don’t miss anything from our crew.

While you’re pondering, just to let you know, installment #5 in my EIGHT LAYS AROUND THE WORLD Series is now out. This one is set in Mexico and involves food play.


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  • Post authorMegan Morgan

    Honestly, I’ve only read a little bit of the first book when a coworker brought it to work with her, because I was curious. I quickly found the narrator irritating and repetitive, so I figured it wasn’t for me. Everything I hear about these books is so polarizing: people either think they’re massive piles of crap or the greatest thing ever written.

    When the movie trailer came out I kinda tilted my head and wondered if I should give them a real try. The story caught my attention. Hmm.

    The only thing I boggle at is how in the world this is going to merely be a rated-R movie and not a porno!

    Reply to Megan Morgan
    • Post authorLiz Everly

      I wondered about that R-rating, too. Thanks for commenting!

      Reply to Liz Everly
    • Post authorKel

      Mmmm, food, indeed. 🙂

  • Post authorTiffany N. York

    Yes, I know, I’m late to the party. I haven’t seen the movie, and I’m stuck on p. 80 of the first book, but I still feel I’m informed to give you my opinion (hah). I think the movie would have done much better “artistically,” although not financially had they made it darker and more erotic–in other words–NC17. The producers wanted it to go mainstream, hence the sanitized version, to appeal to a wider range of demographics. But with subject matter like that you really do need to go kinkier–think Last Tango in Paris, hell, even 91/2 Weeks for that matter. From what I’ve heard about the film it was like the equivalent of just cuddling with a hooker.

    Reply to Tiffany N. York
    • Post authorLiz Everly

      Thanks for commenting. I think I agree with you. I’ve not seen the movie and, even though I thought I would, I’ve just gotten “there,” yet. 9 1/2 weeks-level of darkness seems spot on to me. Cheers!

      Reply to Liz Everly
    • Post authorMadeline Iva

      From what I understand about the movie, you could tell that the actor just couldn’t get into the character’s love of BDSM. I think you can create the edgy erotic feel without showing stuff that’s too too much…. But I dunno.

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