Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Another Misstep by Hollywood

Fifty Shades of Grey is being made into a movie. A refresh on the basic storyline of the wildly popular book:

Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic novel by British author E. L. James. Set largely in Seattle, it is the first instalment in a trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism (BDSM).

You can tell that Hollywood is run and funded by men. Money-hungry, profit-chasing, strike-while-the-iron-is-hot men.

Dear Hollywood: The reason this trilogy has been so popular is because women want their porn in writing. We don't, for the most part, want to watch people having sex. We want to read sex and play it in our minds. Starring ourselves. We are not, for the most part, voyeurs. Women are not the target audience for soft-core porn, which is what this movie will be.

Men are very sight-stimulated. Women, not so much. We can see a photo of a naked man on a motorcycle and think, "Wow. I'll bet that is very uncomfortable." Men see a naked woman on a motorcycle and go out to buy a Harley.

The first movie may do well because women will think that the same feelings they felt while reading will  be recaptured when they watch. They are going to be disappointed and $10 poorer for the effort. Don't even bother making a second and third movie because no one will see it. Best to get B-movie actors and go straight to video. That way, men will rent it.

It's just another misstep in Hollywood.

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