The ‘50 Shades’ Movie is Sexier Than the Book

February 13, 2015 6:47 PM

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When 50 Shades of Grey debuted in 2011, I dismissed the self-published book widely referred to as “mommy porn.” As far as I knew, it was self-published BDSM erotica with some romance. None of this appealed to me, but everyone seemed to be reading it, hidden behind copies of the New Yorker or stashed in the depths of their Kindle. Even my mother read them after the women in her office convinced her. It wasn’t until director Sam Taylor-Johnson signed onto the film-based-on-the-story that I felt it was part of my professional duty to pick up a digital copy of my own.

If you don’t know the story, here’s the gist: Anastasia Steele is a college student who meets a 27-year-old billionaire and engages in a sexual tryst with suggested S&M behaviors. Yes, there’s light bondage in the book, but overall, their physical relationship is pretty vanilla. They almost always h...

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