50 Shades of Annoying

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I get it. The movie trailer came out last week.

Some people are REALLY excited about it and others are REALLY not.

Then there are people like me. People that think people are making a much bigger deal about it than it needs to be.

I've read a few articles, some better written and with more sound logic than others.

There are people, in case you haven't read, that are adamantly against this movie and are vehemently condemning all women who have read the books and will see the movie.

Then there are those who think it stands for women's sexual liberation and that the naysayers are trying to stifle women's sexuality.

Then there's me, who up until this point, didn't really think too much of it. It's a movie, that came from a book. It just happens to have a lot of sex in it.

Did I read the books? Yes.
Did I find them riveting and brilliantly written? Well no, but they were entertaining enough to keep me interested (although, progressively less so as I went through the series).
Did they turn me into a sex-crazed maniac? No (dad, this is one blog post I really hope you chose not to read) but the timing of my reading the first book on our honeymoon did us no harm.

I guess I'm struggling with what all the fuss is about. The articles I've read against the movie talk strongly about the 'meaningfulness' of sex and how it's supposed to be between married people etc etc. Um, have you watched a movie lately? I'm confident that the majority of movies I've seen have sex, between unmarried people.
I could understand if there was a deeper conversation, perhaps about how annoyingly submissive the main character is and repercussions of such a popular female character being so docile and compliant in all aspects of her relationship. How there's a constant desire of the leading lady to "fix" the damaged man. Cliche much?



Will I watch the movie? Yes, why not? I'm curious to see how they interpret the book in film.
Seriously, one famous blogger (who shall remained unnamed - *cough Matt Walsh*) suggested women boycott the movie for the sake of our children's future. Many, including Mr. Walsh, have likened the movie to porn. Did you get to attend some sneak peak that the rest of us weren't privy to? Yes, there's  a lot of sex in the book but I'm pretty sure it's not going to translate to film the same way it reads. Even so, who cares? So what if a bunch of women watch a R-rated movie? I somehow doubt that's going to mark the demise of humankind.

I've also read how the women reading and watching should feel ashamed of the way they're making their husbands feel. HA! While the book and movie may have some die-hard followers, that doesn't mean anyone who reads or watches is neglecting their husband or making him feel insecure. Come on people.

Why do people care so much about this movie? Watch it or don't watch it, love it or hate it, but we don't need to keep condemning people who do watch it (if so, I want to see an equally condemning post about all men who watch porn ever) or grouping them as bunch of sex-obsessed women. Some of us just read a trashy romance novel and might just watch the movie. That's it. Either way, I'm confident my daughter's future does not rest on my movie-attending decisions.





20 comments:

  1. I read all of the books and I am so going to go see the movie with some girlfriends! I read the books for giggles mostly and I would never read them again... but, I do want to see how they are going to convert it to film... and, well... who doesn't want a fancy rich man that enjoys sex? lol!

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  2. (Might I add that last comment was a joke... err, sort of... ;) )

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  3. I'm with you. I don't care to hear about the fuss. Either watch it or don't watch it. I probably won't watch it. I read the book and thought it was okay, but wouldn't need to see the movie . . . And pair that with the fact I watch about 2 movies a month, 50 shades would likely not make the cut!

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    1. I hear ya! And the fact that Mr. B will not want to watch it means I'm likely not going to see it for some time. And I'm okay with that but I also don't think if I do see it, it means I'm a sex-crazed maniac or am making my husband feel less desirable.

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  4. I totally agree with you and am not sure why all the hype! I am interested in seeing how they interpret the book to the screen. It would be a fun girls night out!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. A great girl's night out and that's all it is. Just fun. People need to get over it!

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  5. I love your take on it. I sped through the first book (ignoring the poor writing of course) but was less and less entertained as the series went on. Honestly it was if they just had to turn it into a love story. Well guess what - women can have good sex without it turning into them on a blanket in a field of flowers with their child (yep that was actually in one of the books).

    For the submissive part...a lot of strong women enjoy being submissive in some parts of their life. I think that combined with the general taboo of the "not making love" type of sex, was what made this a hit. (LOL - definitely not the writing)

    I think we all know that the movie is going to be awful. I already dislike the guy they have playing Christian Grey. But hey we all knew Magic Mike would suck too but apparently enough of us saw it that they are making a sequel. And the hubby and I will go see this together (I did get him to read the first book). Heck if it makes for a good steamy make out session that's pretty cool!

    Stacy

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    1. I hear you on being less entertained as the series progressed.
      I agree that many probably like that submissive piece, but it just seemed she was a weak character a lot of the time.
      I totally saw Magic Mike, it was NOT a good movie but entertaining to watch with my girlfriends!

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  6. I'm kind of "meh" about all of it. Never read the book, don't plan to see the movie but have not for any particular reason and have no judgment on anyone who has done either. Honestly I haven't seen a movie that isn't rate PG for years now! The kids usually dictate what we see. That's just kind of sad and pathetic, isn't it? :)

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    1. ahah well Annabelle is young enough that we can still watch what we want after her early bedtime... in a few years it'll be PG all the time!

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  7. Agreed. I don't see what all the fuss is about. I started the series, but didn't finish it as I lost interest by the third book. I might see it once it's no longer in theaters if I didn't have to pay for it, mostly because I'm curious as to how the repetitive dialogue of the book come across on screen!

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    1. i got through them, but my interest definitely waned near the end... still curious how it'll come across on screen

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  8. People get so bejiggedty about silly things. I'm super excited to see how they spin this movie. The books were good but underwhelming.

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  9. I haven't read the books, but my sister has, and she's wondering how they are going to do the movie. I don't know why people get so worked up about stuff that doesn't matter. I like your take on it :)

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    1. I know, it's so funny how people care so much about such trivial things.

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