Why women can't get enough of "Fifty Shades of Grey"
Two young people meet by chance and quickly fall in love, but there is a huge obstacle—in the Shakespeare version, the two families are mortal enemies, and in Fifty Shades the hero, Christian Grey, is an experienced dominant who has never had or craved a romantic relationship before (let alone vanilla sex) before falling for 19-year-old Anastasia. The book could easily be classified as erotic romance—or what some are terming romantica. Of course, the darker influences of BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism) make Fifty Shades less sugary than many erotic romances. So for those who like a love story that's not too saccharine, this might well be easier to digest.
Yes, But Can She Write?
Even if you took the sex scenes out of Fifty Shades, you'd still have a crackling story, with a central conflict that keeps raising the stakes. After all, the more Grey and Anastasia long for one another, the more we want them to make it work in spite of their differences. This, in turn, intensifies the sex scenes. That said, as an erotic writer myself, I wouldn't say the scenes were wildly varied or original on the whole. Plus the relationship is rather stereotypical in terms of "innocent girl meets rich, broken, dominating guy."