Touching upon “50 Shades” again…

So I’m just about finished with the 50 Shades series (the Kindle says I’m at about 63%).

I didn’t think it was possible, but the Twilight parallels are becoming more and more apparent. He watches her sleep, he’s always right there to protect her, he’s overbearingly protective… Christian is very, very Edward.

Ana has a bit more independence than Bella does, which is refreshing. But she spends a lot of time doing whatever Christian tells her to do. It worries me that these are the role models for young adults these days.

I can’t write about 50 Shades without touching on the sexual aspect — what bothers me is this: yes, Christian is all about the dom/sub thing, but there are some parts where he gets downright scary. For example, in one part of book 3 (no spoilers, I hope), Christian gets very angry with Ana and says something along the lines of “I want to beat the shit out of you right now.” To me, that goes way past a dom/sub relationship and becomes a form of abuse. Ana is constantly afraid of making Christian angry, which, even in a dom/sub relationship, should not be an issue. Maybe I’m being a bit extreme, but I’ve worked with domestic violence victims — no one should ever be afraid of their partner in a relationship.

Somehow I don’t think that finishing book 3 will change my opinion about any of this.

I can’t wait to move on to bigger and better literature — I finally ordered myself a copy of The Great Gatsby, but thanks to a post office mishap, I didn’t get it a week ago like I should have. I’ll be picking it up tomorrow.

Trying to finish 50 Shades tonight…


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