The Truth About The 50 Shades Franchise

fifty shades controversySince it was first released back in the Summer of 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey, along with the other books in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, has taken the world by storm.

The novels are especially popular among teens and young adults, following the trend for darker romantic stories that includes other huge hits, such as the Twilight saga, which was a best selling book trilogy as well, along with a billion dollar movie franchise.

Even though this love of dark lust and romance displayed by our nation’s youth isn’t knew, the question is still whether or not this trend has gone too far, and if restrictions need to be put in place for the Fifty Shades of Grey series.

The Books

Each one of the Fifty Shades of Grey books seems to get darker and more disturbing than the last.

The first book starts out normally enough, and it isn’t until you’re a few hundred pages in that you realize the truly disturbed depths to which the author takes you.

The problem, from my perspective, is that we don’t have any real way to warn parents or children about these scenes before they’re already well into the book and, even, well into reading the scenes themselves.

While I would never argue that books should be censored, there has to be something more we can do to make sure that our innocent kids aren’t inadvertently exposed to this type of material. Should we have some sort of sexually explicit warning message to place on the cover? Perhaps.

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The Movie

I want to say that the movie takes things to a whole new level, but the reality is that they’re simply a vivid portrayal of everything that’s already included in the books.

The difference, however, is that while we have no commonly accepted content rating system for books, especially those targeted towards teens and young adults, we do have such a system for movies.

The first Fifty Shades of Grey movie is rated hard R for sexual explicit scenes and violence.

In fact, it isn’t simply the presence of these scenes and the details they show, but their implications as well, as 50 Shades mixes the concepts of love, sexuality, and violence in a dark and twisted world of sado-masochistic lust.

Is that really something you want your 15 year old reading and watching?

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