The Real Reason Fifty Shades of Grey is so Popular

Hint: it's not the sex

By Published on February 13, 2015

Over the past several weeks, countless pixels have been expended on this website and others about just how horrible the cultural juggernaut known as Fifty Shades of Grey is.  Literary and film critics hate it because it’s terribly written.  Feminists hate it because the main female character is spineless and void of personality.  Domestic abuse awareness activists hate it because it portrays stalking, threats, and controlling behavior as signs of true love.  BDSM aficionados hate it because they feel it unfairly portrays their lifestyle.  Cultural conservatives hate it because it’s taken the kind of violent, kinky porn people used to be ashamed about consuming and placed it squarely into the mainstream.

Even the stars of the soon-to-be released film adaptation of the popular books sort of hate Fifty Shades.  Jamie Dornan, who portrays the series’ titular character Christian Grey, told Glamour magazine that he’s “played a couple of sick, sick dudes, serial killers . . . and characters who don’t treat women the way society deems appropriate.”  Still, he said, “Christian was a massive challenge.”

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