SPOILER ALERT: Don't read unless you have read the entire Fifty Shades trilogy!
Sigh. I'm finished. WOW. I can't say ENOUGH about E.L. James and this absolutely beautiful trilogy. Seriously - that's the best word for it. The characters...the plot points...the flow...the structure...everything in this series is spot on fantastic.
I can't REMEMBER the last time I enjoyed a series this much. I'm thinking probably The Bronze Horseman...but that was much more serious subject matter. This series - while deep and thought-provoking - was also juicy and fun.
OK...who didn't know Christian would be an adorable dad? I felt so bad for Ana that she would have to endure 9 whole months with his attitude. Lorddddddddd that must have been the longest pregnancy on the planet.
I have to admit: Christian's feelings and conclusions on Bitch Troll Mary Kay LeTourneau...Hmmm...I'm not really down with them. He "found himself through his submission to her"? He "found the strength to take charge of his life"? :::BUZZER SOUND::: I just don't see it. Elena was a child molester; plain and true. Christian could have found love as a teenager with a 16 year old girl...and could have finally started to accept himself years earlier - the way he did with Ana.
COMMA HOWEVER - that doesn't mean I have a problem with the way he was living his life before - or after - he met Ana. "Consenting adults". That's the key phrase here.
I'm intrigued about the psychology behind all this BDSM stuff...and have a zillion questions. Are people able to shift from Dom to Sub after years of being one or the other? Do they think about their daily life the way they think in the playroom? Is it really that easy to leave the handcuffs and riding crops in the playroom and go attend soccer games and the fourth grade play? I could go on and on.
I'd love to know the ratio of BDSM practicing people who have no issues - to BDSM practicing people who do what they do because they have a zillion issues. Let's face it: Some indulge for good fun...while others indulge because they hate themselves or hate others. It's absolutely fascinating. I swear, I'd almost like to go back to school and get a masters in Psychology - just to study this!
I have a ton of stuff to say and highlights to mention...but my brain is fried and I sortof have to go mourn the end of this series. I'll definitely blog more tomorrow.
I would, however, like to post two open letters:
OPEN LETTER TO E.L. JAMES:
I can't thank you enough for writing this wonderful series. As a person who runs a certain vampire series website - I know your inspiration for the characters - and let's face it, EVERY AUTHOR has inspiration for his/her characters. I am thrilled you took the time to dream up such a wonderful piece of literature that has touched the masses, no matter what drove you to do it. And this series is about so much more than "Guy meets girl - Guy spanks girl - Guy marries girl". I love to dissect people...and issues...and life in general - and boy these books certainly gave me a chance to do just that. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. What a fun ride it has been!
OPEN LETTER TO DR. DREW:
It scares me that you are in the medical field and use the term "Doctor" and don't realize that there are people in the world who use role play to enhance their sex lives. If you've read the book(s?) yet, you should know by now that the character of Ana had the upper hand in the entire series and was happy in the bedroom (or the playroom, for that matter.) You would also know that the books are about the EVOLUTION of a man who had a horrid young childhood. He OVERCOMES his obstacles with the help of a woman who shows him unconditional love. Period. The fact that you have tried so hard (with your multiple television appearances; good PR much?) to turn it into something dirty or abusive makes me truly sad for anyone who listens to your advice about sex and loving relationships.
With ALL of that said...I am going to go start on a FREED playlist...and hit the hay.