Fifty Shades of Sexy Success

By Liz Everly

Unknown-2I was on a road trip with Madeline Iva and we were JUST talking about Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie. I wondered out loud about my small-town Southern community. We happen to have a wonderful movie theater—new, comfy, and huge. Folks travel from nearby towns just to come to this theater. I wondered if they would dare to run the movie. When I got home that night, I had a message in my Facebook personal messages folder from a group of middle-aged moms in my town. The theater is going to run the movie one night—and one night only—and do I want to go?

Do I want to go?

Hell yes.

If for no other reason, then just to satisfy my curiosity. How is this movie going to play out? It should be fascinating.

For the record, I’m not a big FSOG fan. I read it, thought it was interesting, but not written well. I didn’t like the female lead at all. And while I did didn’t “like” Grey, I found his story compelling. Frankly, it’s what kept me reading. I do appreciate what the book has done for erotic romance fiction. And I am a complete champion for any writer who manages to do so well. I read the other books in the series and the writing does get a bit better with each book. But I don’t think she will ever write as well as Sylvia Day. Just my opinion.

Given all of the astounding success of the book series, can this movie fail?

I wonder.

I think that it will definitely be a financial success. If for no other reason than people want to see what all the fuss is about. People are curious about it. But I wonder if it will succeed in other ways. Could the movie, perhaps, be done better than the books?

It’s possible that the movie could get at the heart of the story better than the book did, without the clunkiness of that prose. I really don’t know the actors’ or director’s work, so I have no expectations there. So yes, I suppose the POSSIBILITY of the movie being very good. It might play well over film.

The trailer offers me very little hope, though.  I mean, it just seems very so-so and meh. I am left shrugging my shoulders.

Right now, I think the most interesting thing about this movie is my little town and the reaction to it. We get to see it one night. And one night only. You have to buy the tickets in advance. I’m also wondering if this kind of marketing of the movie will be the way many small towns deal are handling it.  And that FB group conversation I was added to? Many people “left” it in droves…Which ignites my curiosity even further. I’ll be looking for those folks at the theater that night. Wink.

What do you think? Are you going to watch the movie? Do think it will succeed? Fail?

While you’re pondering, just to let you know, installment #5 in my EIGHT LAYS AROUND THE WORLD Series is now out. This one is set in Mexico and involves food play.



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