February 10, 2015

Fifty Shades of F–king Success

By Liz Everly

A word from Liz: This is a repost from a few weeks back with a few changes here and there. Since we are dedicating the week to FSOG, I decided to run it again. And this time next week C. Margery Kempe will be here in this spot. We’ll be sharing Tuesdays. Fridays will be guest posts, interviews, and new voices for you. It’s always good to spread your wings a bit, dontchya know. 

Madeline Iva and I 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.

I’m not a BDSM writer, but one of my books CRAVINGS has a light take on BDSM, with an ex-paid Dominatrix and a sweet, sexy, but straight-laced Indian man, coming to sexual (and other) terms with one another. It’s set in Ecuador and St. Lucia. Check it out.


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  • Post authorKemberlee

    A cinema (movie theater) in Co Donegal Ireland is banning the movie from airing. Says it’s perverted and depraved. In a part of the country where not even trains have services, and there’s f*ck all for people to do but drink in the pubs and go to Bingo, looks like this movie would give all the oldies coronaries. There are several small parishes around the country with the same views, but the one in Donegal is the one kicking up the biggest stink from religious wingnuts. Other places are doing ‘one night onlys’ as a way to pack them all in at once, which will create havoc, I’m sure.

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    • Post authorLiz Everly

      Very interesting the way in which different cities are dealing with this. As we know, banning will make it even more popular in the long run. It probably isn’t a even a good movie. LOL.

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      • Post authorKemberlee

        The irony abounds. 50 Shades would never have been as popular as it ‘suddenly’ was until the original publisher made a stink over it being ‘listed for banning’ because of graphic sexual content. Now, of course, in ‘Holy Catholic Ireland’ which is still largely intimidated by the Catholic Church, now all the closet ‘pervs*’ will want to see it and travel miles and miles to get to a cinema that’s showing it.

        * I say pervs with a cheeky grin, not to be insulting.

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  • Post authorKel

    Personally, I sort of wish this would go away.

    Not because I have philosophical problems with BDSM (I don’t), but because the original trilogy was written as fanfiction… and as a fanfiction reader and writer, we have a (in many cases written) contract with the reader/author community that we do not make, nor seek to make any money from the stories we write or read. Whether or not the depictions of power play are bad (they are), whether or not the writing is repetitive (it is), and whether or not the situations depicted are dangerously written with ignorance about actual safe BDSM practices (they are), the stories were written as fanfiction – selling them is breaking the contract between the fanfiction writer and both the original author and the reading community.

    I do not like perpetuating the adoration of people I see as honorless wastes of space.

    • Post authorLiz Everly

      Thanks for your response. I am fascinated by fan fiction, Kel. I really know nothing about it. I wish you’d email me at lizeverly@rocketmail.com. We’d love for you to write something for Lady Smut.

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