Fifty Shades of Scandalous

Jessica Pena

Okay, I got a story to share with all of you. So gather around, because it’s story time. Everybody loves a good story consisting of romance, bromance, fights, cars, humor and food. I can’t forget about the food. So, here it goes.

Whether or not it started in a car or in a house, it took place at the Cape. Well, in Cape Cod, Mass., to be exact. This summer, a few of my friends and I went to the Cape, and we had story time. However, we didn’t just read any story, we read Fifty Shades of Grey.

Those of you know the book understand the deal—no pun intended. Those who don’t, then you’re in for a real sweet psychological ride. Literally.

A short background on E.L James’s novel begins as “girl meets guy.” Guy asks her out, girl says ‘yes’ to a few more dates (just one), and finds out his deepest psychologically-twisted sexual needs. Yup! That’s love for you. Crazy right? Oh, and best part about this novel: it’s based off of a Twilight fan-fiction. Shut the front door, I know.

When reading this book to my friends, the first thing that popped into my head was that I was actually reading this book to them. Fifty Shades of Grey is not a book to be reading to anyone, especially in public, which we did.

More on the book, it’s also a book that talks about BDSM, which you can probably figure out what it means. You guys have a computer, do the research. If so, type in “SNL 50 Shades of Grey” on, or “Jimmy Fallon 50 Shades of Grey Karaoke,” etc.

When reading the book, I didn’t get what was so scandalous about it. I mean they’re people who are into that stuff in real life, so I really didn’t get it. This wasn’t until I had a conversation with my sweet innocent little sister who heard about the book and read it.

We started talking about how the fact that someone actually took the time to do this certain type of research and make it into a public book astounded us. I mean, it’s not something you read on a daily basis, like your typical Jodi Picoult or Nicolas Sparks novels. Fifty Shades of Grey is something.

Now, the book has become so popular that a movie will be soon made. Fans have listed the names of many actors and actresses whom they wish to see play entrepreneur Christian Grey, and college grad Anastasia “Ana” Steele.

Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer and even Robert Pattinson have been the favorites to play Grey. While the favorites for Steele has been Lucy Hale, Alexis Bledel, Nina Dobrev, and Emma Watson.

Producers of The Social Network, Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, have been signed on to produce the movie. But only time will tell if the book-turned-movie will succeed or flop like its fan-fiction inspiration.