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10 ways that Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey are similar

As previously mentioned, my book group has naively chosen to read 50 Shades of Grey by E L James. I had read an article where she asserted that the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer had been the inspiration behind her novel which has been an e-book phenomenon. These are my under-considered conclusions:

1. Both female heroines are warned off by the male heroes early in the novel.
2. Both are magnetically drawn to each other in spite of their better judgements.
3. The leading girls are beautiful but gawky and lack self-esteem with regard to the opposite sex.
4. They are virgins but their partners are not. Bella holds out longer than Ana, mainly due to Edward’s scruples.
5. The male protagonist has a perfect, loving, welcoming family, with the exception of Ros Cullen. Both are fabulously wealthy.
6. The female protagonist has a warm but estranged father figure (thereby unconsciously seeking to fill a need?).
7. She also has a mother who lives a distance away having recently remarried.
8. There is mild competition from an immature male. (Jacob only becomes a serious love interest in New Moon).
9. The girls drive old or quirky cars.
10. Both novels are based on other well-known stories. Twilight is loosely based on Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Obviously, the differences between these novels are extremely pronounced. I would never recommend that anyone read 50 Shades of Grey because they enjoyed Twilight. It is aimed at the ‘bored housewife’ market and is definitely not the chaste romantic teen fiction that is Twilight. Mormon Stephenie must be thrilled that her work has spawned an S&M bondage fantasy(BDSM). It’s not as bad as I feared after the first few chapters and the writing improves a little, but there is an over-use of Grey’s gray eyes which grates well before the end (I still have a few % to go – reading it on kindle!). Thankfully, the heroine of James’ tale has a stronger personality than the lethargic, love-sick Bella, and challenges and negotiates with the male to achieve a more balanced relationship. Though at times I did wonder when or whether this would emerge. If you’re over 30 and not easily shocked then read it – everyone else is…


5 comments on “10 ways that Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey are similar

  1. armchairauthor
    May 21, 2012

    Great analysis! I wasn’t planning to read this, for obvious reasons, but I was definitely curious as to how similar it was to Twilight.

    • domesticbubblewriter
      May 22, 2012

      I’ve got so caught up in the romance in the story that I’ve downloaded the next book. In fact, the sex becomes boring after a while and you find yourself thinking ‘not again’ and skimming through. I’ve concluded that the sad early life of the male character brings out the maternal instincts in women of a certain age so you forgive him his
      ‘foibles’. It’s badly written in terms of the language, but each chapter ends on a cliff-hanger which makes you read on.

      Glad to spare you the effort of reading it. Am going to cleanse myself with Hemingway after. What are you reading?

  2. Dominique Goncalves
    May 22, 2012

    Was considering reading this book since there’s so much hyper around it but if the language is terrible then there’s no way I’ll be reading it anytime soon. Really good analysis of the similarities.

  3. Jeannette Monahan
    May 23, 2012

    Well, you answered my question of whether you would read the next book. 🙂 Do you mean to say there is actually a story in there somewhere? All I hear about is the sex. Interesting to hear the comparison to Twilight, which I’ve also never read but heard tons about. Hmmm…

    • domesticbubblewriter
      May 23, 2012

      Loved the Twilight books – only read them because I flicked through my daughter’s copy and was alarmed at what I saw. Then read them, and although irritated with Bella, realised how moral they were. The Hungry Games novels are better – stronger female characters.

      Not doing so well on keeping up with BlogMe Maybe this week! The sun has finally come out here.

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