The Fifty Shades Series is a Red Dwarf AU written by felineranger. It serves as a Fusion Fic between the show and Fifty Shades of Grey, with Rimmer functioning as a stand-in for Christian Grey, and Lister as the stand-in for Anastasia Steele. There are four entries made for the series:
- Fifty Shades Of Smeg: A re-telling of the original Fifty Shades, which has Lister (a struggling student at Saturn Tech here) meet and slowly fall in love with Rimmer (a Virtual Ghost Billionaire here).
- Fifty More Shades Of Smeg: Five years after the events of the previous fic, Rimmer and Lister are married with twin sons. However, some turbulence has come up, particularly over Rimmer being over-protective of Lister.
- A New Normal: After the events of Fifty More Shades of Smeg, the family goes on a much-needed holiday.
- Mrs Jones: A POV Sequel of Fifty Shades of Smeg from the perspective of Mrs. Jones (the Original Character caretaker).
The Fifty Shades Series provides examples of the following tropes:
- Adapted Out: Barring the final chapter of the original fic, Kryten and The Cat don't appear in this series at all.
- Age Lift: Rather than starting off as 25 years old as in the main series, here Lister starts off as a 20 year old.
- Alternate Universe Fic: One in which Rimmer has become a rich billionaire and Lister is going through Saturn Tech. This is emphasized when at the end of the original fic, they jump using the Wildfire to a dimension which is either very similar or is the Main Red Dwarf Timeline.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: How Rimmer became a Virtual Ghost in this fic is different from in the main series. Whilst in the TV series, he dies as the result of a botched attempt to fix a radiation leak, herehe is killed by his own father (possibly deliberately).
- Distant Finale: The epilogue to Fifty More Shades Of Smeg takes place 71 years after the events of the fic.
- Doorstopper: The original fic comes in at a decent 120,158 words, with the total word count for the entire series being 184,824 words.
- Fusion Fic: Between Fifty Shades of Grey and Red Dwarf.
- Gilded Cage: By the events of Fifty More Shades Of Smeg, Lister is beginning to view his life with Rimmer as this, which begins to cause tension in their marriage.
- Let's Have Another Baby: Another source of the tension in their marriage in the sequel is that Lister wants a daughter with Rimmer's eyes, even though Rimmer doesn't want to. They do eventually both agree to have and conceive said child at the end.
- Offing the Offspring: Rimmer is revealed to have been killed when his Dementia-ridden father fired a loaded gun in his direction. Although Lister thinks it was accidental, Rimmer doubts it.
- Slash Fic: Not only does it involve a sexual relationship between Rimmer and Lister, it also deals heavily with BDSM themes.
- Time Skip: Five years are said to have passed between the events of the original fic and it's sequel.
- Vacation Episode: The plot of A New Normal is the family heading off on a holiday (on a yacht) to help recover from the events of the previous fic.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The appendix for Fifty More Shades of Smeg explains what exactly happens to the characters in the time period after the event of the fanfic.