“Fifty Shades of Grey” has become an iconic piece of literature, selling over 70 million copies in its various forms, and is a true cultural phenomenon. Iconic status was solidified when even the President and first lady were asked about its impact on their lives and the country last September. Reactions to the novel have been mixed but the majority of readers love the story and the characters, so much so that fan sites have popped up on all forms of social media. So the real question is why do readers love this novel with such passion? Based on fan site content it appears that women simply love Christian Grey. Since the fictional Christian Grey will be celebrating his birthday on June 18, let’s take a look at why fans adore him.
“You should find me intimidating.” -Christian Grey (“Fifty Shades of Grey” chapter 3)
Women like that Christian Grey is confident and powerful, not only about his abilities and good looks but also his feelings. He knows what he wants, which is Ana Steele, and that is a sexy quality! The idea of a man truly knowing exactly what he wants is a turn on for women. Twitter account @OneJoshFan tweeted “he just exudes sexiness,confidence, and mystery, yet he is sweet and loving.”
“Do you have any idea how much I want you, Ana Steel?” -Christian Grey (“Fifty Shades of Grey” chapter 8)
The passion that Christian Grey feels towards Ana is palpable. E L James’ words jump off the page and make you truly feel his desire for her. What woman does not want a man to feel that way? One fan named @delilah_girl2 tweeted “I like the way he makes Anastasia feel, like she is the most precious woman on earth, the only one he desires.”
“And for a fleeting moment he seems his age: young, carefree, and heart-stoppingly beautiful.” -Ana Steele (“Fifty Shades of Grey, chapter 6)
Many people tend to forget that Christian Grey is not only sexy and successful but he is also quite young to have amassed such an empire. At age 27 he is CEO of Grey Enterprise Holdings and during the novel he continues to grow his business. Along with all his attractive qualities, Christian Grey is also a philanthropist. He impresses Ana often with his interest to feed the hungry all over the world.
While the man described in the novel seems almost impossible to imagine, somehow E L James and her film team are going to have to find just the right actor that will embody all Christian Grey’s qualities. The film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is already in the works and casting will hopefully begin in the coming months. So who would be the prefect Christian Grey? Fans have heavily leaned towards Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer and Henry Cavill but with casting not happening yet, the possibilities are endless.
Celebrate Christian Grey’s birthday on June 18 by tweeting with hashtag #HappyBirthdayChristianGrey
You can also enter a contest in honor of Christian Grey’s birthday from Fifty Shades Film!