Feb 12

50 Shades of Grey, a good movie, controversy or both?

50 Shades of Grey, a good movie, controversy or both?

The paper version of 50 Shades of Grey has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.  With the movie we can expect that number to go much higher.  So what makes this book more appealing that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series?

Sex would be my first answer, but there are lots of sexy movies that don’t draw attention like this is doing. 50 Shades is more than sex.  It’s BDSM sex with a twist.  While sex sells, BDSM sex is luring, contagious, and often controversial.  Put all of that together in a well written book – and you have a best seller.  Put that into a trilogy and Bam, the sky’s the limit! Put that trilogy into a well produced movie with hot, well bred actors and well – you have a blockbuster!


The adage that bad advertizing is the best advertizing anything can receive certainly has come to fruition with 50 Shades of Grey.  What this book and now the movie succeeded in doing is creating a storm of controversy and wonder.  Sex alone is interesting.  Dominant sex is or can be controversial.

Put both together and you have intrigue and wonder.  Some say the books demeaned women and idolized aggressive male attitudes.  Others say this is a part of society that has been hidden for too long, and are glad it’s final out of the closet.  Sex is part of life and should be fun and enjoyable.  Domination fits those criteria for a varied group of people both straight and gay, men and women.

So what is the lure of domination?  Could it be the loss of control?  Or the mystery that awaits you when your partner doesn’t tell you what (s)he will do next?  Add bondage to the mixture and domination is notched up considerably.  Now you are at the mercy of your partner for both pleasure and the potential of pain.  Does the thrill of bondage and domination bring a higher level of satisfaction to the sexual experience?

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Jamie Dornan - 50 Shades of GreyStaring in the movie are two amazing people – Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.  I imagine the casting director wondering if either or both had what it would take to pull off their roles.  Enough has been written on why they were selected.  The teasers suggest they did a fantastic job.  Critics having seen the pre-release version agree.  I’m anxious to see for myself if they keep my attention, draw me into the movie, or simply hold me with their physical beauty.

50 shades of GreyI’ve heard many people talking about the movie over the past few days.  The most popular question has been “Will you see it?”  And the most popular answer has been, “I really want to, want to go with me?”

Feb 09

Book Review – Fatal Affair

Book Review – Fatal Affair

by Marie Force
Published May 26, 2010
Genre: Romantic Suspense

John O’Connor was the shoe in for his retiring father Senator John O’Connor SR, and lived up to the reputation established by him.  When he was found dead, murdered in his bed, with no signs of struggle and no witnesses, an investigation ensued that revealed more than anyone would believe.

Why would someone kill the man who everyone loved?  Who could have done it without causing alarm?  And why the brutal manner in which he was murdered?

Book Review - Fatal Affair by Marie ForceWashington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland is tasked with those questions and more.  Her reputation tarnished from an investigation that went horribly wrong, the press, as well as the Washington political cronies of Senator O’Connor don’t want her on the case.  Her chief (and uncle) do.  He has full confidence that Sam will do the department, herself, and her disable father justice.

Can she find the murderer without losing more of her creditability as the investigation ensues?  Can she keep her self control when the case brings her in direct contact with a former lover?  Can she handle the constant abuse from the press?

Fatal Affair was written by Marie Force, a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 35 contemporary romances.  After reading this book, I am not surprised at her awards.

She skillfully merged the murder investigation with the controversial love affair Sam was having with Nick Cappuano, a material witness in the investigation.

Fatal Affair had me from the first paragraph.  The book kept me thinking, asking questions, and trying to figure out the next event in a long chain of events that I didn’t expect.  No spoiler alerts here, but I will say that this is the first in a series of Fatal books written by Marie Force.  And yes, I’ve added them to my ever growing reading list.

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