On the other hand, Anastasia is physically very attractive, although she never seems to figure this out despite the fact that all the other characters keep telling her, over and over, how darned attractive she is. As the book begins, Anastasia has somehow managed to complete four years of college, during which time she has had—despite being so physically attractive—no romantic involvement of any kind with anybody. Also, she does not own a computer nor does she know how to operate one. She has no e-mail account, and seems to be only dimly aware of how the Internet works. In short, Anastasia is a totally believable and realistic depiction of a normal twenty-one-year-old female American college student as she might be imagined by a middle-aged female British author who has lived her entire life in a cave on another planet.
So anyway, early in the book Anastasia meets the main male character, Christian Grey. He is average-looking. I am of course joking. He is the handsomest man in the history of men.
Her inner goddess repeatedly s—s her tiny imaginary leotard over the hotness of this man. To add to the stark realism of his character, Christian is also, at age twenty-seven, a self-made billionaire. He started a company called, realistically, Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc.
Christian also is an expert dancer, piano player and glider pilot. Christian starts stalking her and pressuring her to engage in—and I do not mean this to sound in any way judgmental—sicko pervert sex.
He wants to tie her up with ropes, handcuffs, shackles, tape, etc. He wants to blindfold and gag her.
He wants to spank her, whip her, flog her, cane her, paddle her, put nipple and genital clamps on her, bite her and use hot wax on her. We know this because he asks her to sign a contract agreeing to let him do these things to her. What do you think Anastasia does when she sees this contract? Do you think she gets herself a restraining order and an industrial-sized drum of pepper spray, which would be the response of a normal sane woman or reasonably intelligent cocker spaniel?
Not our Anastasia! Crap no! She decides to go right ahead and get into a sexual relationship with Christian even though she thinks he is a moody weirdo pervert. But hot! What he wants to do, and keeps trying to get Anastasia to let him do, is tie her up and flog her with various implements, as per the contract.
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Finally, Anastasia decides to let Christian flog her, to see what it would be like. So he takes a belt and flogs her on the butt. Then, in the dramatic climax to the story, the moment we have been building up to, Anastasia comes to a shocking, life-changing realization, which nobody could have foreseen in a million years: Getting flogged on the butt hurts. Anastasia does not like it!
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Cancel Submit. Progress, I guess. Christian, still peeved that Ana disobeyed him re: toplessness, pulls out handcuffs. She seems aghast. Once again, it appears that she has no recollection of the previous two movies. Is there a roofie subtext to the whole trilogy that is never made explicit?
Alas, the honeymoon is cut short. Crazy or not, his motive seems pretty self-evident. Or is it? As I noted in the spoilereview for the previous movie, with the exception of security guards, virtually all subordinates in the Fifty Shades universe are female.
I may be missing some small exception somewhere, but perhaps the most consistently clear message of the whole series is that women always work for men and not the reverse. How I envy her. Ana dismisses the cook for the night because she wants to make dinner. This is what in introductory screenwriting classes is called foreshadowing. Maybe she was only acting fiction editor? Duh, although no one seems to notice but that cranky subordinate Liz.
More on her later. One could almost imagine Fifty Shades Freed having a deeper, subversive level, in which the wildly rich, constantly self-indulgent Ana and Christian are the villains, and their many lower-income foils and employees are the heroes. He shows her his fancy new product-placed Audi sports car.
Let me drive. Let me drive it. He reminds her that she saw it when they were out on the sailboat in the previous movie, so he bought it for her.
She is beautiful and clearly has her eyes on Christian. No, she will not. This is the only time we see her, although characters will refer back to how wonderful her breasts are on multiple occasions. Or you can get back into your shit-colored car and drive back to Seattle. That puts him a full four months ahead of Saudi Arabia, which has announced that it is rescinding its ban on women drivers in June. A mysterious SUV starts tailing them—is it Jack? After losing the SUV, they pull into a parking lot.
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Christian needs to go to New York for meetings. Ana offers to give him a haircut and asks where the scissors are. Of course it is.