What Is "Fifty Shades of Grey" About?


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“Fifty Shades of Grey” focuses on Anastasia Steele, a young college student who begins a relationship with a sadomasochistic business mogul. Originally a novel by E.L. James, the book was adapted into a film starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in 2015.

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What Is "Fifty Shades of Grey" About?
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Anastasia, or Ana, is a 21-year-old literature student who interviews Christian Grey, a successful young entrepreneur, for her college newspaper. The two experience an immediate connection, and Christian agrees to pose for a photo shoot to accompany the article. After the shoot, Christian invites Ana out for coffee but quickly cancels, confusing her. After a drinking too much at a graduation party, Ana finds herself spontaneously calling Christian, who comes to pick her up from a bar and takes her back to his hotel. Awakening the next morning, Ana is relieved to find that she and Christian did not sleep together, but the two begin a relationship.

After signing a non-disclosure agreement, Ana learns that Christian has a deep interest in bondage and sadomasochism. The virginal Ana finds the relationship exciting at first, but she quickly becomes frustrated with Christian, who remains emotionally detached. In a climactic scene, Ana asks Christian how he would punish her, and he responds by whipping her repeatedly with a belt. Disgusted with the display, Ana leaves, deciding Christian is not right for her.

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