Fifty Shades of Shutting Up

Fifty Shades has always been controversial since the first book was published, followed by people at any age throwing different shades of opinion here and there although most are negative.

I admit though, I fortunately survived reading all three novels despite of its many flaws. But unfortunately, I’m tired of continuously hearing and reading

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whines from people how trashy and stupid the movie and books are. Then I wonder, have they ever given themselves the slightest chance to finish reading the whole story? ‘Cause if they didn’t, it would be like complaining about the food they didn’t even pay for.

Although I haven’t watched the movie yet, I would like to reason out my side regarding the novel.

I have a short list to why Fifty Shades doesn’t fall in my personal ‘good one’ literary category. Firstly, it’s a poorly worded art material. It really hurts the eyes to even read its lack of lofty and flowery wording. They were completely narrated in a redundant manner which made me wonder if both writer and editor agreed not to improve it for the sake of post-modern literature. That is, if it really was a post-modern.

Secondly, its love (sex? Yes, sex) scenes are like how your soft-served ice cream is dripping off of the sweet cone. How is it? I don’t know. It might not worth a second.

I would totally agree if only these things one would say about the whole Fifty Shades. But really, aside from analyzing it on the surface, it would be good if we put ourselves out of the senseless judgment of literature. I mean, it’s not only about how the writer tells her story but also what it is trying to tell. Let’s not forget the master Horace’s theory of ‘dulce et utile’ where a literary piece contained both bell letters and useful ideas. Although Fifty Shades has apparently lacked of the dulce concept.

One would say it’s abusive and women shouldn’t act the way Ana Steele did. But in fact, it’s not. I usually hear and read from bashers who did not read the book defend how the female character let her counterpart to dominate and abuse her sexually with BDSM, but let us not forget that it has her consent. Anastasia may not have signed the contract at all but she did everything with full will and awareness. Also, they did have an agreement to safe word when things get rough.

Though it really may be abusive, irrelevant and immoral to some of you but I suggest to never forget to look beyond what is written. In the end, Fifty Shades has provided enough supporting ideas to why Christian Grey acts the way he does. We still end up with the idea that it’s not all about sex but (excuse my use of cheesy term) unconditional love and hearts and flowers coming from both parties where they learned to sacrifice habits they’re used to do in order to accept and cope with each other. Please let me quote Shakespeare’s sonnet 116 in order to support that:

Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

I’d like to make myself clear though. I do not hate nor love the Fifty Shades trilogy. I’ve taken time and effort to write this blog as a form of my protest to bashers who did not even read the whole thing but bother themselves to comment and hate on every article they see. I mean, they did not even like the concept of the story, so why try and take the energy they need just to let their negativities out?

We all might want to keep an open mind (like some people prefer burger to pizza while others don’t) and not take everything very seriously ‘cause at the end of the day it all goes down to entertainment (and money). And if you worry that the youngsters reading the book would be influenced to do what Ana and Christian are doing, I think that’s what parents, guardians and professors are for. So the next time nagging people would throw tantrums as to why and how this shitty book/movie should never be released in their place, please don’t. Otherwise, read all three books. And if they still did not like it, please hush.

PS. Could we agree to disagree (if you might) that kinky fuckery for them couple is just like the hobby of watching football games?

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Author: Danica Aquino

Tied the knot with performing arts since fourth grade; is an amateur writer (currently on her quest to writing her first novel); book and animal lover; always entranced by nature.

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