50 Shades of Grey is coming to the big screen and a possible NC-17 rating. The popular series of erotic trilogy written by E. L. James became a blockbuster with women readers. 50 Shades as a movie is sure to delight the masses of women who turned off television to read the series. The series turned a lot of women on to the genre of erotica quickly mainstreaming 50 Shades. Stay at home moms, housewives and career women became enthralled with the books characters that seemed to unite women of different backgrounds with the idea of hot sex. 50 Shades took off on social media with open posts and private groups describing the steamy scenes and wondering where this type of genre had been hiding. There were also commentaries by men wondering how and why this was happening.
Sex scenes for the movie adaptation of 50 Shades will have to be toned down. In a panel discussion at the Sundance Festival, Michael De Luca president of Columbia Pictures explained, “Erotica in books is explicit and you can’t have those exact visual images on the screen.”
Filmed in Vancouver and directed by Sam Taylor Wood, the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey stars, Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Johnson’s character gets a look at something she finds more interesting than vanilla sex, BDSM. She is introduced to the sex play through her involvement with Christian Grey whose role is carried out by Jamie Dornan.
Many readers found the theme of BDSM intriguing throughout the book series. With 50 Shades of Grey coming to the big screen, the steaminess of the subject line makes it hard for movie makers to avoid the Motion Picture Association to give it less than a NC-17 rating.
In US theaters, the rating means no one under the age of 17 is admitted without a parent. Younger enthusiasts of 50 Shades will have to find other ways to whet their curiosity. Social media will likely keep younger 50 enthusiasts in the loop.
Canada has different standards for ratings and will not confronted with losing sales due the mandatory minimum age requirement for theater viewers.
When a book is a page turner a lot of talk goes into whether the movie version will be able to keep up with the page turner that fans expect. Often followers are disappointed, and it is a rare treat when the movie holds the plot and attention of viewers in the same way. For 50, Shades, the challenge is already there because lovers of the series have expectations of what they want from the characters and are not likely to want to have the experience of erotica watered down. Newbies who skipped the book may not get as much from the movie if it isn’t able to capture the essence of 50 Shades that bring those who were introduced the book into movie theaters. In the coming months there will be a lot of talk on social media about 50 Shades of Grey hitting the big screen.
By C. Imani Williams