The Fifty Shades trilogy certainly makes for a very interesting read, and that’s putting it mildly. When I was some 50 pages into the first book, I began to notice striking similarities to another popular series- the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. On checking this up online, I found that the 50 Shades series had indeed been inspired by Twilight; E. L. James had originally intended it to be fan fiction.
There are striking similarities. For one, both the lead male characters share controlling tendencies and tragic pasts, leading to their present behaviors. And again, the lady’s parents are separated with the dad being a cop/ex-soldier with an inability to express emotions. Bella Swan was widely criticized as being a character with low self-esteem, the character was found to be not quite believable by some. Ana Steele is seen to not think much of herself as well, her outstanding quality being her desire for independence. After a temporary break of the relationship, the hero deems himself incapable of ever hurting the girl again, because his nature won’t allow him to. Four on four, and that was just the tip of the iceberg.
In Meyer’s series, Carlisle was the omniscient doctor whom Edward relied on in every accident Bella-related. The same applies to Christian’s mother, Grace Trevelyan-Grey in the 50 Shades series.
James seems to have substituted the mysterious vampire way of life with BDSM and sexual sadism. Interestingly, both subjects used to be considered taboo and repulsive, sometimes even horrendous, by and large. After the publication of these books though, people have started viewing vampirism and alternate expressions of sexuality in a different way.