Whether you're a fan of the popular book series by E.L. James or of the movies, or you're like the many who speak out against the series for its depictions of sexual violence, there's no mistaking that Fifty Shades Of Grey has taken over both the cinematic and literary worlds at this time of year. Women and men everywhere have either read the books or seen the films, and could likely discuss (at length) whatever underlying messages they detect within. There are, however, a range of quotes that can be pulled from either the books or the movies that are interesting, to say the least. These quotes can be seen as incredibly funny, terribly awkward, or some variation of that across the spectrum.
As such, here are some of the best from Fifty Shades Of Grey and its sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. Both the books and the movies will be discussed here:
1. Use Your Brain
And from a very tiny, underused part of my brain — probably located at the base of my medulla oblongata near where my subconscious dwells — comes the thought: He's here to see you.
Really? The medulla oblongata controls a lot of functions, including the regulation of our breathing, heart and blood vessel function, digestion, sneezing and swallowing. It doesn't matter what part of the medulla it is; odds are it's not so underused. Also, do we really need all that detail?
2. Red Isn't Your Color
"I must be the color of the communist manifesto."
Is that really the color that we think we turn when we're embarrassed?
3. Seven Shades Of Sin?
"Look at me," he breathes, and I stare up into his smoldering grey gaze. It is his Dom gaze — cold, hard and sexy as hell, seven shades of sin in one enticing look.
There's just too many adjectives. We get it — he's a Dom, and he wants you. You are turned on. 'Nuff said.
4. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
"Put the chicken in the fridge." This is not a sentence I had ever expected to hear from Christian, and only he can make it sound hot, really hot.
While I tell my high school English students on a regular basis that context is everything, there are two issues here: Why wouldn't Christian say something like that, and why does it somehow sound sexy? Maybe I'm missing something.
5. All About The Inner Goddess:
The following are actually a series of quotes about Ana's inner goddess.
I flush. My inner goddess is down on bended knee with her hands clasped in supplication begging me.
My inner goddess is beside herself, hopping from foot to foot.
My inner goddess fist pumps the air above her chaise lounge
My inner goddess stirs from her five-day sulk.
My inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves.
My inner goddess is doing a triple axel dismount off the uneven bars, and abruptly my mouth is dry.
The idea of each woman having an inner goddess is a nice one, I'm just not sure that it should be quite as busy as Ana's seems.
6. Safety In A Contract — For Whom?
Anastasia Steele: "Why can't we sleep in the same bed? Why won't you let me touch you? Why does it have to be like this?"
Christian Grey: "If you just sign a contract you wouldn't have to think about anything..."
Anastasia Steele: "Why do you care so much about the contract Christian? Don't you like me the way I am?"
This is probably the biggest example of character development in Fifty Shades Of Grey, whether you're talking the book or the movie. We finally gain some insight into why Christian Grey is so singleminded, and why he refuses to let anyone touch him. Ana finally hits her breaking point as she struggles with trying to understand why Grey is the way he is.
7. Wants And Needs
Elena Lincoln: "Do you think you’re the first woman that’s tried to save him?"
Anastasia Steele: "He’s changing, it’s not what he wants anymore."
Elena Lincoln: "But it’s what he needs."
Lincoln, as Christian Grey's former lover and business partner, would have as unique an understanding about Grey as Ana herself does. However, is Lincoln right about Christian Grey, or is Ana? That's a tough question, and it's pretty certain that Lincoln might be as unsure as Ana is sure about the answer.
8. No Sitting Allowed
Christian Grey: "If you were mine, you wouldn't be able to sit down for a week."
This is probably the line from Fifty Shades Of Grey that really illustrates to Ana exactly how intent Christian Grey is on maintaining his dominant lifestyle and having her as his submissive. While many women might find this appealing, there are also those whose eyebrows might rise quite a bit at a statement like this.
Anastasia Steele: "Why are you trying to change me?"
Christian Grey: "I'm not. It's you that's changing me."
This is probably as close to a statement of weakness as a reader or audience member could get from Christian Grey, and if anything, it's a sure indicator that Christian Grey has fallen for the charms of the enticing Anastasia Steele. Whether he wants to continue that pursuit is quite another matter, although those who are eagerly following the series are well aware of how things turn out.
10. Hygiene Is Important
I eye Christian's toothbrush. It would be like having him in my mouth. Hmm...
Few would consider that using someone else's toothbrush might be similar to having their beloved in their mouth, but if that's what worked for Anastasia, who are we to question?
An Interesting Series
Regardless of how you feel about the books and movies, the Fifty Shades Of Grey series has very definitely captured hearts and imaginations. For a new generation of what is effectively "mommy porn," E.L. James may have delivered in spades, but she's also left people wondering just exactly how people like Christian Grey and Ana Steele might effectively communicate — and what messages it's sending out to the public about BDSM.
Fifty Shades Darker is now in theaters.
What is your favorite quote from the Fifty Shades series?