Stories from rags to wealth are actually quite disturbing

The origins of Fifty Shades of Gray are perhaps more widely known than those of BP Capital or Koch Industries. “Fifty Shades” came from the minds of Erica Mitchell, an English television director who in 2009 wrote a fan-fiction riff for Stephanie Meyer’s vampire-romantic series Twilight called Snowqueens Icedragon. When the work attracted readers, Mitchell rewrote it, removing all references to Mayer’s material but retaining its spirit, and selling the work to an Australian publisher as EL James’s Fifty Shades of Gray in 2011. The small press The book became in a sensation that led to a seven-figure deal that transferred the rights from the original press to Vintage Books, a division of Knopf Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House. It’s the kind of deal that could make a headline in one of the billionaires’ memoirs, a complex capital transfer that spawned a billion-dollar book and movie franchise, even before estimating the monetary value of the many books that sprouted like mushrooms in his shadow.

“Poor thing [expletive]-up, kinky, philanthropic Christian, says Fifty Shades narrator Anastasia Steele about her billionaire, Christian Gray of the same name. Steele is a college graduate and a virgin who met the 27-year-old telecommunications billionaire when she interviewed him for the school newspaper. Gray has a large and mostly inexplicable business empire, which leaves him enough time to pursue his interest in sadomasochism, domination and control – activities, we are told, stem from a tortured childhood with a mother of a “whore” and teenage sexual abuse of many more -old woman. When he is not courting Steele or pressuring her to join him in his sexual dungeon as a subordinate, he issues harsh instructions for Darfur over the phone. In this play, Gray is Reincarnated Dick, the orphan recovers by paying him ahead of Darfur, but he also plays a fairy godfather and leaves Steele, another homeless woman, to come into his own power as the mistress of an astronomically rich man. Levels have levels.

If “Pretty Woman” was a Cinderella story about the era of American Pisho’s corporate attacks, her character wearing aggression on his sleeve, “Fifty Shades” is a story about the Black Money era. James presents Gray’s frustrating silence and elliptical story, his propensity for observation, as part of his appeal. The fact that the efforts have been so insanely successful reveals the way Alger’s DNA continues to exist in chaotic bastards and rethinking; “Fifty Shades” has all the power of luxury and comfort, but also flirts with the attractiveness of obedience, the dark side of the suppressed and problematic eroticism of Algeria, made delicious, integrated.

Gray controls in and out of his dungeon. He finds out where Steele is by tracking her cell phone. He buys her a laptop, which she uses only for emails to him. “I want you to behave a certain way,” he tells her, “and if you don’t, I’ll punish you and you’ll learn to behave the way I want you to.” Steele objects. “I am not a merger. I am not a gain, ”she thought before merging and acquiring. And yet, while Gray puts Steele in his dungeon, the series is ultimately about his slow domestication – her ultimate rejection of his style of sexual domination. Hailed as a dirty study of slavery, S. & M. the element is actually undermined at every moment for conspiracy and what Gray calls “vanilla” sex.

Fifty Shades played a huge role in the destructive, hypercapitalist consolidation of Amazon’s algorithm-based book business. Digital and physical shelves abound with additions to the house James and Mayer built. Many are in explicit conversation with Fifty Shades. In “Bared to You”, where the billionaire is again a bad boy with a traumatic past and a golden heart, the author Sylvia Day thanked EL James in his confessions. And there are thousands of such books. Amazon Books’ search for “romance for billionaires” yields more than 50,000 results with series such as “The Billionaire’s Bad Boys,” “The Blue-Collar Billionaire,” “The Billionaire’s Prisoner,” and “Boston’s Billionaire Bachelors.” In fact, the only type of book for which “billionaire” is an explicit category is the love novel, where it developed into a separate subgenre.

After all, these books are rehabilitation projects for billionaires who wash away their exploitative policies and transform them into slightly sharp sex – not to mention putting hot young men in the male class, who are in fact mostly approaching or past retirement age, for an audience of women who often have far less economic power. In Everything and Less: The Novel in the Amazon Era, literary scholar Mark McGurl writes of Gray: a means by which this system is “softened” and again taken care of in the small well-being of a loving marriage. ” Billionaires were already living without rent in our heads; these books simply extend the lease, adding more and more bizarre conditions, continuing to disappear anyone who falls outside the beautiful capitalist trajectory up, up, up to home comfort. After all, “Gray’s ultimate goal is to help eradicate hunger and poverty around the world.”

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