Fifty shades of green ($$$$$)

By Jordan Weiker

Campus Life Assistant Editor

The “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy won’t be disappearing anytime soon.  According to CNN, Kelly Marcel, known for her screenwriting work on the FOX television series, “Terra Nova,” has been selected to write the film adaptation of the first novel in the trilogy.  With no cast ensemble yet, the film is set to release in theatres sometime in 2013.

The adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” into a film comes as no shock, considering the
success of E.L. James’ trilogy, with
40 million copies sold, translations into 45 different languages,
and holding the number one spot on the New York Times paperback trade fiction
bestseller list since March, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The first novel of the series previously held the top spot on the
New York Times combined print and e-book fiction bestseller up
until last week, when the release of J.K. Rowling’s new adult thriller, “The Casual Vacancy,” knocked it back a spot.

James’ trilogy, despite its success, has also generated plenty of controversy and mixed reviews.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” focuses on the growing erotic relationship between a young college student, Anastasia Steele, and a slightly older business entrepreneur, Christian Grey, who has a taste for bondage, dominance and sadism behind bedroom doors.

Aside from what many critics have described as “cliché-filled-writing,” the dominatrix behaviors and attitudes of lead character Christian have some wondering if the trilogy is actually a good reading choice, especially for young women.

Jackie Herbers, a faculty member of the Viterbo English department, admitted to not having read the books, but said, “I’ve heard some people criticize the books because they portray men in a dominant role and women in a submissive role, which just perpetuates stereotypes.”

From what I’ve heard, this hasn’t stopped certain women from using the books as self-help books for breaking up the ruts in their sex lives.

One other achievement of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” according to the Chicago Tribune, has been a 65 percent increase in sales of bondage sex toys since the first novel rose up on the New York Times bestseller lists last spring.

Not everyone plans on buying into the hype though. Bree Brandau, a criminal justice major from Onalaska, Wis., laughed as she told Lumen, “I got home one day to find my dad reading ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’  I’m not so sure now that I’ll be reading it anytime soon.”

Whatever the popular opinion of “Fifty Shades of Grey” seems to be, perhaps that old saying of “sex sells” really is the inescapable truth.

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