Can art bring issues out into the open? Oh yes. Fifty Shades of Grey, both book and movie, are a prime example trending now — bringing up discussion about emotionally/physically abusive relationships, BDSM, consent, erotic literature, fan fiction (as it started as an erotic Twilight fan fic), and a whole lot more.
There are two things that bother me a lot about what I’ve heard about the book (admittedly, I haven’t read it) that might make me not see the movie:
1) Romanticizing a relationship that is emotionally abusive and predatory (as well as at times physically abusive, not to be confused with consensual BDSM practices)
— I’ve read a lot about this point, and I have friends who endured abusive relationships who are trying to get people to boycott the movie
— Twilight has this problem to an extent, but it gets taken further in this story
— Not sure the extent to which the movie will actually do this, however, as some of the indications of abuse are relayed via narration about Ana’s thoughts/fears
2) Yet another powerful haunted white man obsessing over and wooing a young relatively powerless virginal white girl
— Okay, yes, Twilight roots, but when doing the refactoring to make it not a fan fiction, couldn’t the author have changed any of those details?
— Aaaand the love triangle gets completed with the distinctly not-white and not-that-powerful and not-a-serious-rival man of color (again, Twilight origins, but really? again?)
— Tired stereotypes and tropes that may not be super harmful, but cannot be helpful
- What are your thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey (as a book/movie/pop culture phenomenon)?
- Does thinking about the many impacts of Fifty Shades make you think about your own art/work/stories in different ways?
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