Fifty Shades of Rage

rage over the casting of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson

It appears that there are many fans of Fifty Shades of Grey that are showing fifty shades of rage over the casting of Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson in the lead roles of the upcoming movie version of the mammoth selling erotic novel.

This group is a mass of disgruntled multitudes who believe that the stars chosen do not contain adequate magnetism or sex appeal. These fans are the same bunch that have in their heads the idea of what the couple should look like thanks in part to the book’s author twitted what images she believed the characters to be.

What she said was no surprise, they matched the imagines already in many Fifty Shades of Grey fans since it had long been revealed before the Twitter release  the author wrote this story first as fan fiction based on an unnamed movie here. Yet a fan must be careful with what faces that are being put to the characters on the screen. How a person of fiction looks in someone’s mind is one thing, in a movie it is totally different. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are just characters in a book. Yet this group of fans are not happy.

A petition has been started, and as of Friday, had over 13,000 signatures wanting the actor Matt Bomer to be Christian and actor Alexis Bledel to play Anastasia. People thought the controversy was rough when everyone was upset after Jennifer Lawrence was picked to be Katness Everdeen. That was not even close.

Thankfully, online petitions rarely if ever achieve any of their desired goals, so film fans who plan on seeing the movie should be trying to calm their fifty shades of rage and get use to the idea of seeing Hunnam, who is best known for his role in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, and Johnson, who has played numerous supporting roles in movies such as The Five-Year Engagement and The Social Network, to be our big screen versions of Christian and Anastasia.

If these fans can get past their anger, they will join up with other fans who are wondering how much sex will be shown on the silver screen, how will such an erotic book be made into a movie? It is going to take a lot of balance with the filmmakers wanting to keep the movie with an R rating. Anything higher, such as NC-17 has really hurt films. But sometimes sex scenes will be filmed for an unrated version of the movie that is going straight to DVD special release.

No matter how much people enjoyed the sex in the books, on the screen, too much erotica can make the public uncomfortable. The movie sex experience is completely different then reading it in black and white. Even with their rage, watching that much sex may be uncomfortable for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

There is always a happy side. If fans do not accept the movice choices, they can make their voices heard by not buying a movie ticket.  They can always stay home and keep their own images inside their heads. They also can do as Anna does and channel their inner goddesses, letting her help out with all the different shades of rage going on inside.

Written by: Kimberly Ruble

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