So, here’s the deal. We’ve all heard about the bestseller 50 Shades of Grey and its sequels, especially now that it’s about to come to theaters. A lot of people have very strong opinions about it…to both extremes.
Personally, I have not read it. But for about a year or so, I’ve been going back and forth between whether I want to read it or not.
A short list of why I want to read 50 Shades of Grey:
–It’s a bestseller, and apparently I’m all about “bandwagon books”
–I’m pretty against the entire premise and the content of what is in the book, but I don’t agree with being against something that you know nothing about.
To say that I dislike or disagree with the content of 50 Shades of Grey would be just like people blindly claiming that they hate Harry Potter because it involves witchcraft. To which my reply is always, “Have you even read the book?“
Generally, though, my religion would say to stay away from anything that might be perceived as being unholy or unwholesome. And to an extent, I agree with that. I mean, I’m pretty against the use of heroin but I’m not going to go give it a try just so I can have an educated opinion on the matter.
Another point to consider: If I do happen to be against the book, I don’t want to buy it and contribute to the franchise. Not that my $2.99 will make much a difference in the grand scheme of things, but the principle is there. But there’s a solution to that, of course–libraries.
I don’t care to see the movie. The trailer alone makes me uncomfortable.
(It does, however, have a great soundtrack.)
I want to say the relationship portrayed in the book is abusive. I want to say that it’s wrong. I want to know why the BDSM community says that it is not an accurate portrayal.
But do I really want to read the book?
Generally, my advice to myself is to not force myself to endure something that I know I will not enjoy. If I read this book, it will not be for pleasure–it will be so I can support my opinion on the matter. But why is that so important? If I’m not interested in it, why not just keep my mouth shut and go on my merry way? So what if other people like it? How is that bothering me?
On the other hand, though, I’m immensely curious. And if I read it, what am I afraid of? That I’ll actually like it? That other people will judge me for it? That I’ll be persuaded into thinking that everything about it is okay? I mean, I want to read Mein Kampf, but I don’t think I’ll be idolizing Adolf Hitler anytime soon. Just because I read something doesn’t mean I have to agree with it.
Still in a conundrum. But here’s the version of “Crazy in Love” from the trailer:
P.S. Laci Green has a video over 50 Shades, which can be seen here.