What Women Really Want by Carlene Moore
E L James took the world by storm when Fifty Shades of Grey was released. I got on board and engulfed myself in the three-part series, but while everyone else was thinking that the books rose to fame due to the sexual content, I was seeing a different kind of fantasy that could explain the chart-topping accolades.
Women like to get what they want. As a woman, I know this to be quite true. Of course we can handle it when we don’t get what we want, but in terms of a general theme, we’d much rather have things go our way. And for Miss Anastasia Steele, it seems that just about everything always goes her way.
Anastasia is so beautiful that basically every man in her life falls for her and yet, she’s so humble that she has no idea that she’s beautiful. She never feels hungry and is just blessed with a super slender frame (despite never having to work out), so small in fact that her boyfriend turned husband actually wants her to put on weight! When Anastasia lost her virginity, it wasn’t painful, confusing or awkward, rather it was a jaw dropping, hold the phone, ecstasy earthquake, with the world’s richest and most handsome man. Every single woman in the world is overcome by the appearance of Anastasia’s man and yet he only has eyes for naïve, pure her. She has unlimited funds, a personal shopper at Neiman Marcus who is constantly sending her extremely expensive fashions that she’s too down-to-earth to truly enjoy, she can orgasm without taking her pants off, she is flying in private jets to exotic locations, she’s decorating a mansion that she now owns right out of college, I mean, you name it, the girl has it. And the real kicker for me, at least, is that she went from intern to managing editor in the course of a few months and without paying any dues at all. I mean, the money, the houses, the appearance, the Christian Grey, maybe, but for a brand-new graduate to not only be promoted to the tippy top but be respected there because she’s just that smart, please.
No wonder Fifty Shades of Grey shot to the top. E L James wrote a book that appealed to any and every woman’s whim, whether they were into fashion, body image, men, their career, interior designing, traveling, or yes, sexual prowess. She let women pretend for a few hundred pages that we could always be right, always win, always get what we deserved. And we as women ate it…rather read it…right up, Red Room of Pain and all. If that’s not a true fantasy novel, something that we can soak into the bath and get lost in, something worth daydreaming over in our grey cubicles while we add another pound to our own frames with the truffle fries that we just couldn’t say no to, well I don’t know what is. Congratulations, E L James, you figured out what women want and we apparently wanted it…a few million times over again.
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