What Is Fifty Shades of Grey About?
Having originated as Twilight fanfiction, E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is about a handsome business magnate, Christian Grey, who embarks on an affair with an innocent young literature student, Anastasia Steele. Controlling by nature, Christian exposes Ana to his love of BDSM in his “Red Room of Pleasure.”
Like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades is immensely popular and has spawned a forthcoming movie franchise. But unlike those YA series, it’s super erotic.
“[I]t’s just so raunchy!” Kristen Stewart recently exclaimed when asked about the literary phenomenon. “I mean, obviously, everyone knows that. But when I see people reading it on planes and stuff, I’m genuinely creeped out. Like, you’re basically just reading porn right now! Get that blanket off your lap!”