By Shayla Gasca
With more than 100 million copies sold worldwide and 30 weeks as the top New York Times bestseller. One of America’s favorite books is fit for a big screen makeover.
The sale of the book “Fifty Shades of Grey” has changed the way people discuss sex.
The popularity of the book has led to the production of a movie to be released Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.
That movie has piqued the interest of many.
“I just wanted to see how they can make it into a movie without it being a porno,” LPC student Danika Mendes said.
While many agree with Mendes, some are just interested in seeing the passion from their favorite book hit the big screen, for one reason or another.
Along with Mendes fellow student Ellie Ostroff, among others, feel that the passion of the movie may overflow. Although Ostroff plans to see the highly anticipated film, she does harbor some fear of how a story with the content of Fifty Shades of Grey will translate to the silver screen.
“I think it’s kind of dumb, it’s like a porno,” Ostroff also said, “I think it’s a double standard… (Girls) all hate on guys for watching porn.”
Fifty Shades of Grey is a story that follows a relationship with two characters – Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele – who engage in a controlling S&M relationship.
Anastasia is someone who is shy about sexual activity, while Christian is a controlling in all aspect in his life especially when it comes to sex.
“I probably would be more like Anastasia, because of my personality,” LPC student Mitch Reed says, “I don’t think one person is horny 24/7. People go through phases.”
Anastasia’s personality has some people noticing a similar trait with her.
“Probably the girl,” LPC student Taylor Jackson said, “I’m not really comfortable in throwing myself out there. Especially if I don’t know the person, it’s super awkward. I want to get to know you before I’m like ‘here I am!’”
Many girls may agree with LPC student Taylor Jackson with her interest not going further then their thirst for eye candy.
“I just want to see the hot guy,” Jackson said, “whatever he does it’s fine with me.”
Because of all the advertising of the movie and everyone talking about it, others would want to see the movie from hearing the media talk about it.
“We will probably see it,” Mendes said, “there’s nothing better to do, (because of) all the hype.”
The book has an extent about Sadism and Masochism (S&M), which is to practice infliction of painful sex.
The popularity of the book has, obviously, expanded the plot of its topic.
S&M has been a key topic when discussing the book. A topic that has been quickly shunned in the past is now on the tips of tongues.
“I think (S&M is) appropriate,” LPC student Mitch Reed said, “If you’re into it then go for it. People who have fetishes I think it’s perfectly fine.”
Student Nick Lopez has a take similar to Reed regarding S&M.
“Do what you want,” Lopez said, “If you’re into it you’re into it. Do what makes you happy, as long as you’re sexual.”
The book has done more than just create a dialogue where there wasn’t one before. It has captured the interest of the entire world.
The proof of its mass appeal is visible in the more than 50 languages in which it has been published.
No matter the rating given to the flick by the Motion Picture Association of America, the movie is sure to create a box office buzz.