As we all unfortunately know, Fifty Shades of Grey was made into a movie. Someone took a terrible book and decided to spend millions of dollars turning it into what will inevitably be a terrible movie. It’s not like Hollywood hasn’t done this in the past, but there’s a difference between terrible material and terrible material that is also dangerous. But, while you might feel the need to see for yourself just how bad the book or the movie is, whatever you do, don’t spend any money on it.
Look, I have a morbid sense of curiosity like most people. I understand the desire to throw back a few drinks and laugh at how terrible something is. If you want to do that, you’re more than welcome to, but one thing to keep in mind when it comes to Fifty Shades of Grey is that if you spend money to mock it, you’re telling its creators that you want more. Worse than that (because, hey, you might want to mock more of it) is that you’re perpetuating the idea that the message of the story is a perfectly fine example of BDSM. Considering the fact that the books feature a horribly abusive relationship and flat-out rape, inadvertently supporting Fifty Shades is the last thing anyone in the BDSM community should do.
As I said, if you want to read the books or watch the movie, you certainly can. However, I urge you to find a way to do so without encouraging more material like this to be created. It might be unscrupulous of me to suggest you do so, but try finding pirated versions if you must read or watch Fifty Shades of Grey. Don’t give your money to something so terrible. Doing so only leads to more people believing that BDSM relationships are abuse or, worse, that abusive relationships are a part of the BDSM umbrella.
If you’d rather avoid Fifty Shades as a whole and want a story with BDSM as the central focus, go read Sunstone.