So, here's my take on the whole "romance" and supposed "awesomeness" that is Fifty Shades of Filth. And yes, I did say "filth".
Now, before I go any further, No, I have not read this book. and No, I will NOT go see the movie. And here is why.
Fifty Shades is not real Romance. It is Porn. Plain and simple. Everything I have heard or read about this book/movie is trash. And I don't mean that I've only heard people trashing on it. Because I've heard/read a lot of people glorifying it to high heaven. Well, I'm pretty sure heaven doesn't want this.
As the poster above shows, that's what most of the book is filled with. "I'm going to have my way with you, even if I have to beat it out of you, and if you don't like it, I'll tie you up, gag you, and still do it. Even if you say No repeatedly."
That, my friends, is NOT love. It is NOT romance. It is RAPE. It is the dehumanizing of women, telling them that they are of no value, and that man has every right to dominate over them in every possible manner, but that it's okay because he showers her with gifts to get what he wants.
And, sadly, the way this book is written seems to make it very pointedly what the girl wants, but that above section in the poster, again... tells me that this isn't true. "If you struggle, I'll just tie up your legs." I'll just do it anyway. That, is not consent. That is not ever acceptable. And to glorify it in a book, and a movie, is sick.
I don't care that the story has "redeeming qualities." If all you get is a small bit of story line that says "he's a poor boy from a poor background who eventually gets turned around by said female protagonist", meanwhile filled to the gills with violent sex and threats of "I'm going to do it anyway".... No, that is not a story. That is not a "redeeming quality". That is justification. To read smut. And yes, it is smut.
There are those who say that reading it will not affect them. They're wrong. It's just like looking at porn, only probably more graphic, because our minds take the smallest ideas and play with them, ten-fold. That's why such books at Frankenstein are scarier when we read them, then when we watch the movie version. The next thing, you want more and more smut, which warps your view of reality. And that is where you are really in trouble. It's not "harmless". It is hurtful and wrong.
And that is why I have dedicated myself to writing only clean romance, innocent romance. That's how it's supposed to be, not grab all you can get in whatever manner possible. Not, let's show/tell you exactly what they're doing in the bedroom because I"m a sicko like that. We don't need that. And if you do, I"m sorry.
If you choose to be offended by this, I am sorry you feel that way. But I will NOT change my stance. But if you are in agreement with me, please make your stand and stand firm. If we don't, who will?