Here is a collection of blog posts about the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, the abuse romanticized by the books, the author’s reaction to people calling it abuse, and also the books’ issues with supporting rape/rape culture and misogyny (usually connected to the abuse, but sometimes just tackled as one separate issue). Basically there’s a lot of problematic stuff in FSOG and it can be thorny trying to write about just one area of “Oh gods no she didn’t”.
Organized as best I can; organization subject to change if I get advice from my co-conspirators to do so.
Trigger/content warning for pretty much all of the links and all of the books.
Regarding FSOG and All The Things Wrong With It
50 Shades for Dummies, by Emma
What Just Happened? by Kody
Why I Refuse to Read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, by Amber at Books of Amber
Regarding FSOG and Abuse
50 Shades and Abusive Relationships, by Jenny Trout.
How 50 Shades of Grey Ended My Romance with Romance, by J.C. Johnson
EL James: Fifty Shades of Grey, or Fifty Shades of Abuse? by Laura Fortune.
BDSM, Abuse, and 50 Shades of Grey, by Morag Spinner at Maenads of the (R)Evolution
It’s Not the BDSM, by Katje van Loon
Reactions to Fifty Shades — @Sparkleyloo discusses the different reactions to 50 Shades.
Christian Grey vs Signs of A Domestic Abusive Relationship — @Sparkleyloo uses a checklist of signs of abuse, to show Christian Grey’s behaviour as unacceptable.
50 Shades of No, by Alys B. Cohen
Dear 50 Shades fan: BDSM doesn’t need or want your defense, by Jenny Trout.
Let’s talk about 50 Shades in a calm and rational way, by Jenny Trout.
Regarding FSOG and Rape/Rape Culture
Critique: Fifty Shades of Grey pp 49, 50, 52, & 56, Sarah Reads Books
Regarding FSOG as Anti-Poverty Porn
Fifty Shades Minus The Eroticism & Money — A fascinating blog by @sparkleyloo, asking whether Christian Grey’s abusive tendencies would be more obviously spotted without his enormous wealth clouding our judgement.
Regarding EL James’ reaction to people calling out the glorification of abuse in her books
EL James needs to shut her ignorant mouth about abuse, by Jenny Trout
Not all responses to the problems in Fifty Shades are done via blogs.
Lucky Number Thirteen — A FSOG spitefic (anti-fanfic) by Das Mervin.
Fifty Shades of Drinking — a vlog series by yours truly (Katje) wherein I play the drinking game and summarize each chapter for my viewers. Killing my liver reading bad books so you don’t have to.