50 shades of Grey

50 shades of Grey

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The Aspects of Immorality in the Fifty Shades Trilogy

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Introduction

“Fifty Shades‟ is getting a lot of people thinking and talking more openly about sex, sexuality, desire and interest.” said Debby Herbenick, the author of “Sex made easy” and a research scientist in Indiana University (Butter, 2012). Since the release of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, the books have gone phenomenal. Average people and celebrities of all ages - from Selena Gomez to Kim Kardashian – have read it. What made the book so famous? Aside from its sexual content, women who have read it were immediately smitten by the rich CEO, Christian Grey, the protagonist‟s lover. In addition to the trilogy‟s popularity, it is a well-known fact that it is just a product of a Twilight Saga fan fiction. The trilogy has been controversial for its lack of originality. Moreover, it was criticized for its sexual content and use of BDSM (Bondage and Discipline/Dominance and Submission), a type of a sexual relationship that involves the use of handcuffs, bondage and other things that would restrain one‟s sexual partner. The books were said to be crude, immoral and a downgrade of literature. The Fifty Shades Trilogy is a controversial novel that gained popularity worldwide and has also gained good and bad reviews from the critics and readers which has led people to believe that the novel is generally immoral and downgrades literature with its lack of originality. It is not really a secret regarding where the Fifty Shades Trilogy came from. For avid readers, especially the fans of the best seller The Twilight Saga, the fact that Fifty Shades Trilogy is a product of a fan fiction just piqued their interest more. Fans started to be curious about the controversial trilogy. Some readers are disgusted with the book while some are selfadmitted fans of it. So how did it all start? Where did Fifty Shades come from? The Fifty Shades Trilogy was developed from a multi-part series of a Twilight fan fiction (Morrison, 2011). It was first entitled Master of the Universe.

The Twilight Saga‟s main characters, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, are called as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in this fan fiction. E.L. James, the author of the controversial trilogy, used the name, Snowqueen‟s Icedragon, as she published the fan fiction online. Due to the fan fiction‟s strong sexual content, it was taken down on the site. E.L. James later re-published her work in her own website, FiftyShades.com. After a while, she rewrote the fan fiction and changed the title to Fifty Shades. The Master of the Universe was separated into three parts and is now called Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. The first book was published as an e-book. In May 2011, it became a print-on-demand paperback. It was published by The Writers‟ Coffee Shop, a virtual publisher in Australia. The second book was published in September 2011 and the third one followed in January 2012. Because of The Writers‟ Coffee Shop‟s limited marketing budget, they relied on online publicity. Fifty Shades of Grey is the first installment in the erotic trilogy. It talks about the deepening relationship of the college student, Anastasia Steele and multibillionaire CEO of Grey Enterprises, Christian Grey. It shows their journey as Christian introduced the virginal Anastasia into the world of BDSM. The second book, Fifty Shades Darker revealed the mystery behind Christian as he learned to love Anastasia. The third and final installment, Fifty Shades Freed, shows the lovers‟ journey as a married couple while Christian struggles with his issues. E.L. James who was first known as “Snowqueen‟s Icedragon” is a mother of two. She used to be the writer in the TV crime dramas called Silent Witness and Wire in the Blood. She hardly lets reporters interview her. She said that the success of the books is “completely and utterly overwhelming.” The trilogy is her first ever published work. She continuously thanked her husband, Niall, as he supports her writing career. E.L. James