The latest mania that has the world in frenzy is Greymania.
E.L. James’ love story of a college graduate Anastasia Steele and a business magnate Christian Grey has spread like wildfire in the short span of one year that it has been released.
Literature student Anastasia Steele happens to interview business magnate Christian Grey for her college newsletter when her roommate, who was actually supposed to interview him, falls sick. Believing that the interview went terribly, and glad she will not meet the intimidating man ever again, she is shocked to see the handsome and attractive Grey at the hardware store where she works part time. Still in shock, she is flabbergasted when he asks her out on a date. Thus starts a relationship no JaneAusten fan would dream of.
Behind the cool, composed, charming and successful exterior, Anastasia finds a lonely and troubled soul haunted by his past, and a sadist, who vents out his confused feelings through sex in clandestine impersonal BDSM relationships.
Intensely attracted to the irresistible Grey and fascinated to solve the mystery behind the man, Anastasia considers Grey’s indecent proposal, and despite himself, Grey realizes he is so drawn to her that he is willing to bend his own rules to make their relationship work. Anastasia tries to deconstruct the reasons behind his compulsive need to not be touched, his overwhelming self-loathing and his desire to control everything around him. Thus starts a fairy-tale romance, wherein both fall unconditionally in love with each other and come face to face with the tormenting demons of his past- his lost adolescence, the death of his biological mother when he was a child and his consequent need to control the outcomes of those around him.
The first part of the trilogy ends in painful partition, which leaves the reader anxious to read the second part soon and eager to find out whether they have a happily-ever-after.
E. L. James has surprised the whole literary world by delivering an erotic novel in mainstream fiction. Although, initially it had been released only as an e-book, its astronomical demand compelled the publishers to publish it in paperback edition. The “Fifty-shades” trilogy has smashed all records- its sales have surpassed that of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and its three parts are currently on the top three positions in the most downloaded books in i-tunes.
However, that does not imply that it is a literary masterpiece. It is, in fact, thrashed by literary critics.
The story, though initially addictive, gets repetitive and boring later in the book and in the second half of the trilogy. E. L. James can barely string two sentences together and the plot is hardly exceptional or imaginative. One cannot help but draw several parallels with the Twilight series. Even the characters of Anastasia, her father Ray, Christian and Mia, Grey’s sister, all resemble those of Bella, Charlie, Edward and Alice in the Twilight series.
A key point to be noted is that the book has encouraged the world to be more open and bold about sex and increased the sale of sex toys phenomenally. It may not have been as popular as it is today had it been published a few years ago. The fact that bold content has been accepted in a mainstream novel is a reflection of the open-mindedness of the people in the world today. One may like it or hate it, but one cannot disregard the phenomenon that” fifty shades” is.
From the Editorial Desk