50 shades of Grey is the movie everyone seems to be talking about now. The reason for this can perhaps be attributed to the fact that the movie brings up a whole new perception of erotic sexual adventures for the young and daring. The movie was adopted from the EL James’ novel of the same name and both share a wide array of similarities ranging from the interview Christian Grey grants Anastasia at the beginning to a couple of scenes were the exact words from the novel were used. More so, the various explicit sexual scenes from the sex tools to the outrageous spanking activities present in the novel was well represented in the movie.
It is however evident as always with movie adaptations, that a couple of differences will be thrown up between the movie and the book. There are insignificant book scenes that didn’t make the movie such as Christian buying Anastasia a Blackberry in the book and the business relationship that exists between Mrs. Robinson and Christian but we would look at more significant changes that the movie director made to the movie.
A couple of minor characters were missing
Obviously, Christian Grey has very few friends and acquaintances but has a few less friends in the movie than in the book. Christian’s driver, Taylor, played a more significant role in the novel through his relationship with Anastasia but less so in the movie. The film failed to highlight the point were he drives her home and offers her his handkerchief at the very end of the book which was seemingly missing in the movie.
The more significant characters in the novel we are talking about weren’t even present in the movie. Christian’s Psychiatrist, Dr. Flynn who was often referred to in the book during conversations was conspicuously missing in the movie. Also, Christian’s housekeeper and cook, who happened to always run into Anastasia the morning after their bizarre sexual activity was also missing even though she appears not to be a strong point of call for the movie (though she gives an hint to the immaculately clean environment of Christian). Though Mrs. Jones is expected to play a larger role in the next two books which may make the character surface sometimes in the future.
Lastly, Kate’s brother,Ethan Kavanagh, doesn’t also appear in the film. He attended Kate’s and Anastasia’s graduation in the book but he’d definitely play a larger role given his future romance with Christian’s sister – Mia. It is left to be seen if he will appear in any of the future 50 shades of Grey movies- if they ever get made.
Third person Perspective
In the book, we had an idea of what Anastasia was thinking which the movie failed to address. We had no way of knowing what she’s thinking and feeling except through her acting and conversation with others. The third person perspective the movie takes is perhaps the biggest change the book takes in its transition to movie. The book tells the story completely from Anastasia’s perception with readers having an in depth perception of her feelings for Christian and his various sexual ideas.
There’s way less sex
Anyone who’s read the book will agree with me on this. We all obviously expected that there would be fewer sex scenes in the movie than in the book even though the film didn’t look like it missed any major thing except a particularly bizarre scene and a few orgasmic moments it failed to show. Some of the missing sex scenes include that of Ana and Christian having sex at his parent’s boathouse. The film only shoes them arguing while standing in front of what looks like a poolhouse. The bathtub scene in the movie happens early on in their relationship and appears as nothing more than a soothing bath while the book shows Anastasia performing oral sex on Christian. And there is that important moment in the book where Anastasia is allowed to be on top by Christian. It’s an important moment in the book missing from the movie given that Christian is such a control freak. And the pleasure silver balls were also conspicuously missing.
Ana doesn’t get a job but owns a computer
Anastasia talks a lot about her aspirations to become a publisher in the book and even gets her first publishing job (helped portray her as independent) which is absent in the movie. The movie however does a bit of justice by giving Anastasia her own computer which would be frankly unbelievable in this age for an aspiring student publisher to always borrow her friends (Kate) computer. However, the movie made sure the computer breaks down often in order to give Christian a reason to get her one.
The book places a bit of emphasis on Anastasia’s sleep talking. And the moment after Christian tells her she made a confession to him while sleep talking, she spends a sizable amount of time in the latter part of the book trying to convince him to tell her what she said. As a matter of fact, during their final fight which results in the spanking incident, Christian blurts out her confession saying “You said you wouldn’t leave me, and you begged me not to leave you, in your sleep.” which results in Anastasia asking Christian to show her how much being submisive to him can hurt. Well, we all know what happened after.
Finally, the changes the book makes are on the average and people that have read the book before watching the movie will probably not feel cheated except if the sole aim of watching the movie is to watch the explicitly described sexual activities which might raise a small cloud of disappointment.