Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele (Courtesy)
But in reality, the question that many are asking is: What are these books, which are the cause of so much furor? And there is more, because these accounts are eligible to be translated into the film, when the genre that motivates them has existed for centuries?
The company has advanced and with it, have shot down some of the taboos related to sex. Even in a “macho” culture such as that of Latin america, these novels, in addition to awaken the hidden passions by the readers, tend to promote the importance of female sexuality, and invite the women to know more in this area and leave behind this belief that man is the only one that has sexual needs. In the end, it speaks of the books written by women and directed, especially for the women.
Compared to the works of authors such as Marguerite Duras (The lover), the Marquis de Sade (Juliette), D. H. Lawrence (TheLady Chatterley’s lover), Henry Miller (Sexus), Pauline Réage (History of Or), Anaïs Nin (Delta of Venus) or Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita), to name a few big names of the universal literature, the novels of E. L. James, or Blanka Lipinska look, much lower, is because they do not have the elaborate and significant to the plots of its predecessors, nor its richness in the use of language and his powerful ability to do “fantasize” to the readers.
Even so, these novels and soft porn are imposed on the taste of the film industry, always hungry for stories that the “smell” of potential blockbusters. Let’s say that in these works is the essence of the romantic movie that Hollywood refuses to renew, even if you have been presented with more or less degrees of badness. The formula is always the same: nice man, a millionaire and romantic get to save or be saved by the protagonist, a beautiful girl, sensual, bored and unsatisfied, that still believes in the men of fairy tales. The truth is that, if you removed the sex scenes, such adaptations do not pass to be stories Disney style.
Loved or hated
There are already a thing of the past discussions disorders or psychological is exposed by the character of Grey. Now, the focus of pointing to the new purchase, licentious, Netflix and the writer Blanka Lipinska, to which are attributed the same errors that are exposed by the specialists in the histories of their predecessors: the experts agree on the fact that, again, his stories tend to “idealize” abusive behaviors in relationships; the abuse, in particular against women.
On this occasion, the conveyor belt is assumed as the “normal” Stockholm syndrome, when the protagonist falls in love with her kidnapper, without resistance, and with a fantasy that, at the end, not far from the submission. This gives Laura (Anna Maria Sieklucka), the female character of 365 DNIcharacteristics so frivolous that makes a woman completely stereotyped, not much different from the innocent Anastasia Steele.
With dialogues without any sense, urdidos only in order to establish between the stars a re-release of the game of cat and mouse, the resolution of conflicts between the couple ends up in sex scenes that do not widen the connection between them. It is clear, for many, the adaptation of 365 DNI it was marked with a single goal: to make the novel a film is “soft porn” that can be transmitted through Netflix; that is to say, without background and with a love story not very believable, where, in addition, a negative effect the common element in this production, and, in 50 shades of Grey: the machismo expressed in the male figures presented as true driver will always take what they want and keep their “love” (or victims? waiting for constant on what you expect them to be in a relationship.
In this study, the experts conclude that the novel of E. L. James romantiza sexual violence and emotional abuse by the male protagonist like this, “controls all aspects of the relationship between the two using tactics such as harassment, isolation, threats, intimidation, and humiliation”. In addition, they add, “it’s the perpetuation of the norms of substance abuse and dangerous, however, is to be chosen as a book of romantic, erotic, for women”.
For Bonomi, the problem of these readings or films to become popular (or viral) lies in the fact that it can influence badly the young minds that have a greater tendency to follow and imitate the behavior they see in these characters; in other words, these films are marketed as “romantic and sensual” just to reiterate and to mask the models of behaviour that is harmful to both the perpetrators as on the victims.
Massimo and Laura in the scenes of 365 DNI (Courtesy)
The face of phenomena such as 50 shades of Grey and now 365 DNI the most healthy is to promote and the media, and from their character as works of fiction, and invite the reader to approach gender as a tool to enhance their fantasies, these books and their respective movies should be read and viewed with a critical eye, able to distinguish reality from illusion. Understand, in any case, it is the “Disney for adults”.