Fifty Shades of WTF Is in the News….Again

Published On April 17, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Books, Cafe Mom, Entertainment, Family, Movies, Women

This past Valentine’s Day, I wrote a post for my personal blog, Remaking Mommy, paying homage to the romance novel.  Actually, I gave kudos to some and huge thumbs down to others, Fifty Shades of Grey written by E.L. James being in the latter category.  Ever since this novel made its debut in bookstores worldwide, it has been in the news.  After becoming an overnight sensation (mostly with women), Fifty Shades of Grey was splashed in the headlines bringing literary romance erotica into the limelight.  Then rumors and finally confirmation of a Fifty Shades movie became topics of internet conversations and posts.  It’s been an ongoing conjecture of who is going to play the sexy and enigmatic billionaire, Christian Grey (Ian Somerhalder perhaps?), and the headstrong recent college grad, Anastasia Steele.  Now, Ms. James novel made news again when it was reported her BDSM work of fiction has been placed on the American Library Association’s “most challenged” list.  That’s funny because this book is on my “never to be read again and let’s forget its existence” list.

I think my list speaks for itself but let me explain the other one.  The American Library Association did their annual study of which books are most likely to be removed from schools and libraries due to complaints from parents, school administrators and educators, and the general public.  Fifty Shades of Grey was number 4 on the list of the most challenged books due to “offensive language, and, of course, graphic sexual content” which was probably a shock to no one who read the book since it did contain both.

Although I’m not a huge proponent of banning books, I have to say that a lot of erotica novels are basically porn, just written out (and just a note: there are a FEW out there that are written extremely well).  That’s why I was surprised that Fifty Shades of Grey became so popular to the point where it necessitated a movie.  Somehow this novel, which is about a sexually inexperienced woman who engages in a BDSM relationship (or contract) with a very emotionally damaged man, wasn’t seen as your typical everyday erotica fiction.  It was ….different, a cut above the rest.  But I have failed to see what made it so special.  I admit, there were funny parts and Christian Grey’s character was appealing but the rest of of the novel failed to impress, in my opinion.  In fact, as I read the ending, I literally said, “WTF did I just read!?!?”, hence me now calling it Fifty Shades of WTF.  Maybe one day I’ll read the sequels but for now, I’m just content reading my usual romance novels in which everything makes sense.                     Fifty Shades of Grey on Nook

Now that Fifty Shades has made the most challenged list, I’m curious to see how this will be made into a box office sensation.  How they will pull this movie off with anything lower than an NC-17 rating will be beyond me and with now even more informative ratings being urged by Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Christoher Dodd, I’m not sure who they will be able to market this movie to (other than women of course).  Although I did hear Magic Mike was a box-office success….hmmmm.  This could be sheer genius because women are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to consumerism, Fifty Shades of Grey being case in point.

Anyway, here’s a list of a few of my all-time favorite romance novels:

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (classic)

The I-Team Series – Pamela Clare (contemporary crime/action)

Dreaming of You – Lisa Kleypas (historic)

The Raven Prince – Elizabeth Hoyt (historic)

The Fever Series – Karen Marie Moning (paranormal)


Did you read Fifty Shades of Grey?  What did you think?  Will you see the movie?  What’s your favorite romance novel?  Tell us your thoughts.

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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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