Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fifty Shades Is More Than Just a Raunchy S and M Story

Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian Grey not only opens Anastasia Steele's eyes to the world of dominant/submissive role-play but also opens readers to a whole new way of finding sexual pleasure.

The gossip and excited chit-chat that surrounds the novel Fifty Shades, written by E.L. James, is more often than not about how much it has spiced things up in the bedroom for its readers. The world that Christian creates in his "Red Room of Pain" is none other than an experimenter's fantasy world. With canes, cuffs, and carnal music bumping through the surround sound speakers, Christian takes over Anastasia's body and mind and sends her whirling in countless orgasms. The detailed descriptions carved by James in this novel have changed the way readers approach their own bedroom activities, allowing them to view S&M and Dom/Sub relationships as something other than the "other".

As readers, we know that when Anastasia met Christian Grey on the fateful day of the interview, she was a virgin. Her experience had not surpassed the basement make-out sessions typical of high school pubescent passion. She was shy, insecure, and somewhat nerdy. As she falls for Christian, she changes dramatically into the confident, sensual being that revels in the indulgent pleasure of Christian's world. This same path of self discovery and sensual experimentation is what readers love as they dive into this series. Be it those who already were adventurous in the bedroom or readers who never thought of handcuffs as more that police restraints, this book offers readers a plethora of ideas to spice up their love lives.

The interesting and refreshing twist to the Fifty Shades world of S&M is that it is not solely about the man's pleasure and the woman's pain, but it is centered on the unexpected love story that unfurls between Christian and Anastasia. Christian is a Dominant in all senses of the word, but he is also sensitive to Anastasia's inexperience and is intent on bring her the ultimate pleasure. His biggest desire is to show her just how far she can be pushed with pain and just how much pleasure she can derive from it. The relationship that grows through the sexual encounters is one of strength and trust, and no one can deny that readers want the same for their own relationships.

As readers drink in the story of Christian and Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grey, they discover a world of love, lust, excitement and discovery. This "romance novel" is an eye opener and a refreshing change from the classic tales of novels past.

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