Fifty Shades Goodbye to The Most Popular Saga of the Decade

While Ana and Christian enjoy their wedding night, we start to review the keys of a trash phenomenon and, surely, unrepeatable.

Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades

A guilty pleasure without the pleasure part”, we read in Entertainment Weekly about Ci ncuenta sombras liberadas , third and last installment of the ‘Gray’ franchise. It is one of the softest epithets we have found combing the international media, but we do not believe that it is entirely correct. To begin with, pleasure is never guilty, so we would do well to overcome terms that seem to come from a catechetical book. And then there is the incontrovertible fact that these films do provide tons of pleasure to their fan base, while remaining completely impermeable to anyone who distances themselves from an analytical distance. Like all cult movies, Fifty shadesit must be lived from within or repudiated from outside.

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Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades

The saga always had to serve two masters, something that the director Sam Taylor-Johnson, responsible for the first delivery, seemed to have more clear that his successor, James Foley. There is a percentage of kink romance enthusiasts who are in this because they truly believe in the characters, in their twisted love story, in the perfidy of the villains, in the happy ending of this spicy fairy tale. These are the people who lined up at the EL James signatures long before Universal bought the rights to his literary trilogy, which goes to fan meetings with Jamie Dornanand buy your ticket weeks in advance, it will not be that your seat in the front row is occupied by the other Fandom faction. The one that is in this for the laughs.

Fifty Shades

In an essay published three years ago in the magazine Sexualities, Sarah Harman and Bethan Jones developed an interesting theory about the position that a private figure of our day, the anti-fan, soon acquired within this phenomenon. According to official statistics, a third of the people who bought the first book in the United States were between 18 and 29 years old, which led Harman and Jones to the conclusion that they did it because of a curiosity that had a lot to do with ridicule. (of the material, but also of its sincere fans). We have all heard stories about bachelorette parties that include stopping at a multiplex to enjoy the latest installment of ‘Gray’, or hangover afternoons that have become more bearable thanks to the streaming ofFifty darker shades, or all those youtubes dedicated to mocking the lost look of Dornan and Dakota Johnson during all their scenes together. These films, like Peter Graves in Airplane, need to feign composure and seriousness to be even funnier, but also to convince the faction of unconditional fans who do not know the irony.

On this thin wire has traveled until now this machine to make money at the box office, capable of demonstrating how far an R-rated film can go if it is done well. It does not seem very likely that we will see anything similar in the coming years: like all those substitutes of Hunger Gameshave imploded with more or less grace, it would be quite foolish that another large studio try to strain another trilogy of romance trash disguised as prestigious cinema, or what an alien with little knowledge of human sexuality imagines is the prestigious cinema ( many planes of skyscrapers, parties of masks, dresses of silk, songs of Ellie Goulding, helicopters, offices decorated by Ron Arad …). Fifty Shadesis one in a million, so against the current social climate that nobody explains exactly how we tolerate it, more than anything because nobody believes the discourse that, in reality, what is being told is Ana’s empowering fantasy. This is a mistake in the Matrix, which, at best, will help your protagonist couple to choose roles with more depth, as long as they manage to escape from typecasting.

One last reflection before letting the happy couple marry in peace. Why do we rarely think about sex when we think about these movies? It is clear that the trailers can not show Christian Gray’s room for pleasant tortures, but the trilogy has become synonymous with an ostentatious production design, when the first thing that should come to mind is softcore. Maybe, in reality, this has never been about sex, but a fantasy of domination that has more to do with the economic position of its two protagonists. EL James started writing the first installment as a Twilight fanfic ,Then Gray has always had something of a vampire written in his DNA. If Count Dracula was a European aristocrat who came to London to literally suck the blood of women with a social status inferior to his own, Christian gets the same kind of sadistic pleasure in subduing a middle-class girl on his luxurious rooftop. In the background, Fifty Shades is a vampire story adapted to times of capitalist fascination. And, in that sense, yes that is exploring our most unutterable fantasies.

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Fifty Shades Goodbye to The Most Popular Saga of the Decade