8 Reasons '50 Shades of Grey' Is a Truly Romantic Love Story

Dakota johnsonEver since Fifty Shades of Grey hit it big, it's been panned and dismissed by critics as "mommy porn." And admittedly, the first thing people who haven't read the series think of when they hear the name is, well, sex. But it's actually about a lot more than that ... 

“Regardless of what you may think of the writing, this is a modern love story, involving complex characters, and that’s what I’m interested in,” screenwriter Kelly Marcel told Style magazine back in January. And E.L. James defended her series by explaining what she thinks has drawn a following: "It’s the love story. Women like to read a passionate love story. There is sex, but as the books go on, the sex changes as the relationship changes. You see the evolution of it.”

Here, eight reasons these ladies are right -- at the heart of Fifty Shades is true romance ...

What's your favorite romantic part of the Fifty Shades series?


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Kattey Kattey

Wow. I've just finished reading the first book and I couldn't disagree more. Christian doesn't step in to save Anna from Jose because he's a gentleman, he does it because he's a jealous prick. The dude stalks her, gets pissy when she wants to go visit her mom, and completely disregards her wishes at every term. He's way too domineering. Anna is pathetic. Holy this, holy that, that girl doesn't have an ounce of common sense, and her idolization of him is really disturbing. And, she's not at all defiant as Christian keeps calling her, she's just normal person responding normally to weird demands, he's used to sheep.

All in all, I say gross, and their relationship is not one to look up to.

Valerie Metzger

Unhealthy* love story. I fixed it for you. =) Seriously though, this is the type of controlling, uneven relationship that exactly NO ONE should aspire to have.

Kate Cooley

Seeing as it's based on Twilight, which has raised the alert over at the Domestic Violence Hotline as hitting ALL 15 tags for an abusive relationship, yeah, not so romantic. Also, forcing someone to do things they're not comfortable with (which comes up in the text, does it not?) is really not something we want women to think is an OK thing, is it.

adamat34 adamat34

Romantic :-)

Yes, its every girls dream to be controlled and humiliated.....

The stir is scraping the barrel....

Coles... Coles_mom

Nothing complex about it. This could have been written by an 8th grader.

Krystian Kaufold

Adamat34, it's my dream in the bedroom only!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

But seriously, the book sucked. All Ana did was bite her lip the second Christian looked at her!!!!!! 

It was highly annoying. 

nonmember avatar April

I realize that the author of this post is a blogger and did not volunteer to be the voice of healthy relationships everywhere. That said, I wish she'd though before she declared FSOG "Romantic." I teach high school girls, and the ones who equate relationship success with material wealth, possessiveness, and the conviction that the man will change just for them are the ones that wind up in trouble.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I just finished the series and I agree. Sure there's quite a bit of sex but it is a romance. Christian has issues that he works through as the book progresses but that does not mean their relationship is unhealthy. They are happy and well matched, that's exactly the kind of relationship everyone should aspire to.

nonmember avatar Christie

RhondaVeggie I agree with you, the series shows the progression of their relationship and how they both grow. It may not have started out as the healthiest of relationships but by the end they are doing it right. Not every, in fact barely any, relationships start out as healthy relationships that people should strive for, they all take work, growing, and adapting.

Kay7684 Kay7684

And to the ones who read the first book and poo pood it, read it all. I kid you not, i have read worse sex scenes in Mills and Boon, or Harlequin, whatever they go under now.

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