Fifty Shades of Grey’s BDSM theme and sexual content may be too much for young adult readers, but it has provided the platform for an up and coming author to achieve success by creating a “toned down” version of the romantic relationship of Christian and Anastasia. Warner Bros has been chosen to make the movie version of the self published e-book, later picked up by a publishing house, Beautiful Disaster. Novelist Jamie McGuire modeled this book after Fifty Shades, detailing the tumultuous relationship between a college student and her domineering crush, but minus the kinky-sex and S&M. Following in the path of The Hunger Games and the Twilight, this novel turned screenplay takes an adult style story and makes it appeal to a younger audience. The audience for these types of movies and books creates an opportunity not only for aspiring authors to find their niche but also for a huge payoff.
It appears that romance stories are not enough anymore and that there must be a conflict, and a little naughty interaction, for them to be popular. With all three of the successful titles preceding Beautiful Disaster, there is at the heart, a huge hurdle for the main characters to get over in order to have the love they desire. Fifty Shades and the two other books in the trilogy provide not only the conflict of opposing worlds, but also the juicy details of Christian and Anastasia’s bedroom activities. The question is: will Beautiful Disaster live up to the demands of the success of its big sister?
One thing is for sure, Fifty Shades of Grey is much too racy for young adult readers, but as times have proven, these readers are hungry for more mature content… now more than ever. With each passing decade, children of younger and younger ages are becoming desensitized to violence and sex. Movies, television and fiction that is supposed to appeal to a young audience is inundated with adult jokes, violence and sexual innuendos, claiming to be more fun for the parents and meaning a bigger paycheck from the box office. Unfortunately, kids are not blind to the changes and are picking up on much more than they used to, nothing gets by wide and curious eyes. As the movie version of this young-adult novel comes to fruition, there will be a difficult task for the producers to keep from making an adult film with a young-adult rating.