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YMMV / Fifty Shades of Grey

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  • Awesome Music:
    • The trailer makes good use of a new goth-style and positively eerie redux of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love".
    • "Love Me Like You Do", sang by Ellie Goulding. The song is universally acclaimed and agreed to be much sexier than the actual movie thanks to the writing and Goulding's performance.
  • Fetish Retardant: All the BDSM acts come off as this to people who are actually involved in the subculture, mostly because it's a wildly inaccurate portrayal, and in fact feeds into some of the community's most hated misconceptions. (Mainly, that a dom/sub relationship completely negates the sub's right to say "no," or that being into BDSM is the same as being an abusive partner.)
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It was always debatable if Christian's tastes are as "singular" as he claims, considering that even before the Internet BDSM was one of the most common kinks around. Now, when the Fifty Shades books have sold millions and millions of copies and have legions of fans eager to try the stuff in the book, Christian might as well have the Dark Secret that he likes watching porn movies.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The internet went berserk when casting was first announced, and a petition demanding that the current duo be replaced by Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel gained thousands and thousands of signatures.
    • Nor were fans pleased when it came out that the book's sex scenes would be "toned down" for the film.
    • Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy fans were not pleased when Charlie Hunman was cast as Christian Grey, citing that he's going end up like Robert Pattinson and creating a bunch of Pacific Rim/50 Shades jokes. But when Hunman backed out, his fandom rejoiced.
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  • Narm: Plenty of it, particularly in sex scenes. For example: "You. Are. So. Sweet,” he murmurs, each word a staccato. For the rest, see this tumblr.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It's horrifying how many times Ana is struck, raped and/or abused without her consent...and yet this is presented as not only romantic but the a relationship to aspire to.
  • Padding: The Email conversations and the submissive rules and contract that are printed in the book twice take up a lot of space without adding much content.
  • Sequelitis: While the series never was a critical favorite, the book Grey—a retelling of the first book from Christian's point of view—has been poorly received even by readers and critics who liked the original trilogy. The two main complaints are as follows:
    • Too much of the text is copied and pasted from the original book.
    • Christian's thoughts are banal, and also way too stalker-like. While Christian certainly acted like a stalker sometimes, it's unpleasant to see that he actually feels and thinks like a stalker.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: 50 Shades of Grey started life as Twilight fanfiction, but later became an original work. Readers of both note many remaining similarities between the two works, especially the characterization.
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  • Tough Act to Follow: Every songs in the sequels will have to live up to "Love Me Like You Do", as evidence by the significantly less successful sales of "I Don't Want To Live Forever".
  • Unfortunate Implications: The notion that Christian Grey is into BDSM due to his traumatic and abusive childhood and the psychological issues resulting from that. Both real world practitioners of BDSM and psychiatrists disagree that there is any correlation between mental health problems and having an interest in the fetish.


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