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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