Why fans are Fifty Shades of Obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey!

Image Credit: EL James

Fifty, Christian Grey, Escala, Charlie Tango, Red Room, the boathouse, (SPOILERS!!) car chases, kidnapping; there’s something for everyone when it comes to the infamous Fifty Shades Trilogy. Over a year after the first book’s release,  the masses are still flocking to book stores and purchasing the set on their e-readers… and for good reason. Strikingly handsome bachelor Christian, who lives in a world of riches and sophistication (among others things) sweeps “regular, average” Anastasia off of her feet and into a world she never dreamed of, and together they create a connection neither can avoid or control. These books are reaching out to a larger demographic than I think anyone could have predicted. Everyone and anyone is itching to get their hands on them. Yours truly read each book 3 times, 3! I had to focus on the music the second time around, and the 3rd, was just for good measure.

But what is it about these books that has fans so obsessed? Is it really about his wealth and control? Is it the sex and BDSM fantasy? Is it the thrill of his over the top life with helicopter rides, gliding and soaring at sunrise? Or is it the love story that really draws fans in? The idea that two people in love can overcome the obstacles in life (sabotage, car chases and jilted ex-lovers included) and find happiness together? We asked some of the most  popular Fifty Shades fan pages to give us their opinions on the matter. Read on to find out why fans are Fifty Shades of obsessed with Fifty Shades of Grey!

Christian Grey Fans
Brought to you by: Melissa Davideit, Daniela Orozco

QHow did you first find about Fifty Shades of Grey?
A: I found out through Daniela, who was very enthusiastic about the series and convinced me to start reading. Daniela had heard about it through different media sources such as  The Ellen Degeneres show, as well as different web sites.

QWhat made you want to read the book?
A: Daniela read me bits and pieces from the book encouraging me to read it. I kept procrastinating buying the trilogy, until I saw all the hype and comments from other friend,  which further peaked my interest. Same thing occurred for Daniela, curiosity got the best of us.

QWhy do you think people are so taken by this book?
A: We think people wanted something different, something versatile that not everyone can relate to. It’s an escape into fantasy or a reality for others depending on the individual reader. It has a little bit of everything romance, sex, a bit of mystery from Christian’s half, and despite it being based on a serious topic, it’s cute and comical as well.

QWhat made you start your fan page?
A: I became so enthusiastic about the trilogy, one night after reading I had an epiphany to start a fan page. The next morning, forgetting the three hour time difference from Florida to California, I called Daniela and she agreed. I thought it would be interesting to cater to the members, post their views, listen to their comments, and interact with them.

QTell our readers a little about what they can expect to find on your page?
A: Even though we all have different views of who should play who, we cater to all fan requests. We try to be as versatile as we can be, always taking suggestions  from fans. We post news, memes, fan requests, I even designed a pop culture clothing line called MAD Designs, and dedicated a  separate page a for the clothing at MAD Designs on Facebook. Our goal is to keep the Fifty Shades fans content and at ease, but it’s not as easy as it may sound.

QWhich actor(s)/actress(es) are your favorites for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?
A: I’m a huge fan of The Tudors and once I started reading the series, I instantly thought that Henry Cavill has to be Christian Grey. It took some time to convince Daniela that he was the one, and now she’s in love with him too. I’m also a Game of Thrones fan, so Daniela and I knew Emilia Clarke should play Anastasia Steele, no doubt about it.

QThe fandom is very outspoken on who they want to play these roles, more so than any book to movie in recent history. Why do you think that is?
A:  I think it’s because everyone let their imagination run wild while reading the books. Even though E. L. James painted the picture of what Christian and Ana look like, not everyone was truly satisfied. I think they wanted an actor or character that fulfilled their fantasies and that meets their demands. This in turn has caused a lot of controversy, and we often believe that Fifty shades of Grey is going to be the beginning of WWIII , haha.

QWhich scene are you looking most forward to seeing in the movie?
A: We’re looking forward to many scenes, of course, but when we got to talking about it, we were surprised to know that we both are really looking forward to the gliding scene. Maybe we’re just hopeless romantics, but it was interesting to read about Christian’s softer, carefree side. Even though we do love his kinky side, it’s a joy to read about his romantic, hearts and flowers persona. It was definetly the beginning of Ana and Christian’s known love for each other, even if they hadn’t admitted it to themselves completely.


Christian Grey Fans For Jessie Pavelka
Brought to you by: Kim Mitchell (Page Developer), Kellie Montgomery, Amy Davies (UK), & Stacey Diehl

Q: How did you first find about Fifty Shades of Grey?
A: Through the usual media outlets TV & radio.

QWhat made you want to read the book?
A: My hairdresser actually urged me to read them, so I did.

QWhy do you think people are so taken by this book?
A: Ms James tapped into some primal emotions in this series. A rich good looking man with demons falls for innocent young college girl… Its all about the journey they go through, the ‘LOVE’ Story and the sex scenes are very intense as well. E.L. James really hit all points in this story, just Brilliant.

QWhat made you start your fan page?
A: When I read the series I had no person/actor in my mind while reading,  a ‘blank slate’ so to speak… It wasn’t until I came across a picture of Jessie Pavelka that made me stop in my tracks and say THAT’S HIM! That’s Christian Grey. No question what so ever. It was then, I felt compelled to rally behind this man and to start a converstion on a Page specifically for him and  the role in FSoG… just took off from there. That very picture is the Pages’ profile Pic. We coined it “The Dom Pic”. The rest is history.

Q: Tell our readers a little about what they can expect to find on your page?
A: We try to keep it very upbeat, fun, positive, and interesting. We have many themes on our page: Song of the day, FSoG story of the day, articles concerning the movie process, FSoG news, loads of pictures of Jessie which is a fan favorite, even some fam made videos. We are lucky enough to have had Jessie drop a comment on the page to say hello. Our recent surprise was a video Shout Out from Jessie during his premiere of the Charon Incident. We are very interactive on our page almost like family… Truly!

Q: Which actor(s)/actress(es) are your favorites for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?
A: Jessie Pavelka as Christian Grey of Course and Emilia Clarke as Anastasia Steele.

QThe fandom is very outspoken on who they want to play these roles, more so than any book to movie in recent history. Why do you think that is?
A: People who have read this story have been really moved or inspired in some way. Unlocking primal feelings, life changing in some cases. I think the inspiration combined with the deep connection has triggered the masses to share with each other. Social media these days simply provides a vehicle for everyone to share and be heard. Plus its really fun!

QWhich scene are you looking most forward to seeing in the movie?
A: Wow, that’s a tough one, there are so many I’d like to see, but I’d liketo see  the drunk dialing scene. I’d also like to see the  scene in Georgia when he shows up to surprise her and of course anything from the Red Room of Pain.


Matt Bomer for Christian Grey
Brought to your by: Ariane

QHow did you first find about Fifty Shades of Grey?
A: I found out about it from all the hype it was causing not only in the media, but in my circle of friends.

QWhat made you want to read the book?
A: I am interested in any book that can cause women all over the country to finally feel comfortable enough to express their sexual desires to their partner and to seek advice from their friends. Any book this influential should at least be looked into.

QWhy do you think people are so taken by this book?
A: I believe people are so taken with the books because even though the books are explicit, they still leave room to the imagination. These books are perfect for women who are uncomfortable watching porn but still want an avenue to make them feel sexual; not to mention that there is an interesting story to go along with it.

QWhat made you start your fan page?
A: I started the fan page because when it was announced that there was going to be a movie adaptation, I started to wonder about who would be cast in the roles. My original idea for who should play Christian Grey was Christian Bale, but seeing as he is a decade older than Grey, I rethought my position. That’s when it hit me that the perfect choice was Matt Bomer. Not only is he the right age, he fits the description of Christian and is a great actor; that’s when I made the page. It recently hit the 10,000 “like” milestone four months after it was created.

QTell our readers a little about what they can expect to find on your page?
A: Readers can expect to find the latest news and rumors in the world  of Fifty Shades of Grey and Matt Bomer. I also have a contest going where fans can submit their Fifty Shades of Grey creations to become the cover of the page or a post.

QWhich actor(s)/actress(es) are your favorites for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?
A: My page endorses Matt Bomer for the role of Christian Grey and is open to discussion as to who would play Ana. The favorite on my page seems to be Alexis Bledel, though.

QThe fandom is very outspoken on who they want to play these roles, more so than any book to movie in recent history. Why do you think that is?
A: I think this phenomenon comes from the fact that all women who have read the book are very invested in seeing their image of who Christian Grey is hit the big screen. Plus, his discription in the book is so vivid yet is loose enough to leave it open to interpretation. My interpretation of him and the fans of my page is Matt Bomer.

QWhich scene are you looking most forward to seeing in the movie?
A: I am looking forward to their first meeting together the most. Seeing them interact for the first time on screen will be so exciting and will give us an indication of the actors chemistry together.


Fifty Shades Worldwide
Brought to your by: Petra Dunne, Kerrie Finch and Vicki Fassoulis Bruneau

QHow did you first find about Fifty Shades of Grey?
A: A friend of mine read it and recommended it and it was everywhere on the tv, magazines, internet. It was hot stuff.

QWhat made you want to read the book?
A: Curious about the part of Mr Grey. He sounded interesting and intriguing.

QWhy do you think people are so taken by this book?
A: Because below it all there is an amazing love story unfolding. The sex is great and has opened up a lot of eyes around the world.

QWhat made you start your fan page?
A: I became completely obessed by it all and wanted to do something with felllow minded people around the world. I never imagined it would be as mental as it is.

QTell our readers a little about what they can expect to find on your page?
A: Our page is different! We have our very own Dom, Mr Grey, who is on hand to answer q and a. Regular quotes of the day, hot news, gossips, amazing photos, questions, polls and most of all we listen to our likers about what they want on the page.

QWhich actor(s)/actress(es) are your favorites for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?
A: There are only 3 of us who run the page and we don’t have any favourites, well maybe we do, but we don’t share lol as we won’t to be balanced with our likers, however my Christian is Simon Baker and I know he will never be Christian hahahha.

QThe fandom is very outspoken on who they want to play these roles, more so than any book to movie in recent history. Why do you think that is?
A: This book will be talked about forever just like other classics such as Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. As it is just a classic the fans want the right people to play the roles so it will be remembered forever. There is so much talk about it and the directors etc should listen to the fans.

QWhich scene are you looking most forward to seeing in the movie?
A: I asked this question on the page and a few suggestions came up. Myself personally, this is Petra by the way, I want to see the piano scenes so many emotions here to come out. I could not pick one way too many.


Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey
Brought to your by: Some wonderful anonymous admins

QHow did you first find about Fifty Shades of Grey?
A: A very dear friend of mine recommended the books to me. She couldn’t stop talking about the books over the course of a week so I decided I HAD to read the first book at least. My friend is very hard to please when reading books so I knew this had to be something very different and very special! My partner heard about the books from her colleagues and myself and decided to read them as well.

QWhat made you want to read the book?
A: I think I can speak for both of us when I say that the desire to read the books came as a result of the rave reviews. Curiosity took over and we would have been crazy not to read and see what the fuss was all about.

QWhy do you think people are so taken by this book?
A:  We believe there are many reasons why people love the books. The trilogy introduced a world of sex many people never wanted to consider and E L James wrote about S&M in such a way that makes it extremely alluring to the readers. Christian Grey is every woman’s fantasy. The lavish lifestyle of Christian Grey is appealing.  Ana is the bridge that draws many of the female readers into the story because her character is so relatable. Most of all, it’s a love story between two flawed characters who overcame their issues to be with each other.

QWhat made you start your fan page?
A: We always envisioned Ian Somerhalder as Mr. Fifty. He was our Christian as we read the book so when we found out Ian was interested in playing the role of Christian Grey we decided to start our fan page to find other fans and come together to voice our support for Ian. The support and feedback from our fans have been wonderful! We never dreamed we would have reached nearly 2,800 likes since we began exactly four months ago! We feel honored to have such a dedicated and loyal group of supporters from around the world and we value every single fan!

QTell our readers a little about what they can expect to find on your page?
A: Aside from sharing links and the occasional news story, the main premise of our fan page is posting pics and stills of Ian Somerhalder with excerpts and quotes from the FSoG books. Before we created our page, there was a number of FSoG FB pages that posted common news stories, quizzes and pics. While these FB pages are fantastic, we couldn’t find any that fulfilled our fantasy of Ian as Christian Grey.  So we decided to create a FB page that could display Ian as Christian through his pictures and movie/TV stills while maintaining a sense of modesty. We try not to offend anybody and, in turn, the support has been overwhelmingly positive! It pleases our fans to see Ian as Christian in our posts and it opens other people’s minds  to the idea of Ian as Mr. Fifty. We absolutely love hearing from those who became fans after viewing our posts!

QWhich actor(s)/actress(es) are your favorites for the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?
A: Ian Somerhalder IS Christian Grey and no one else can fulfill the role of Mr. Fifty better than Ian. However, we are indecisive on whom should play Anastasia Steele but our fans have voiced such phenomenal female actors such as Lucy Hale, Alexis Bledel and Camilla Belle.

QThe fandom is very outspoken on who they want to play these roles, more so than any book to movie in recent history. Why do you think that is?
A: Every reader has an idea of who Christian and Ana are in their minds as they read the books. As a result, they would love to see those people they envisioned come to life on the big screen.

QWhich scene are you looking most forward to seeing in the movie?
A: We’re going to keep it real…Christian and Ana’s first sex scene!