Anyone else notice the similarity between the movie The Secretary (starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader) and 50 Shades of Grey? When I first heard about the book I thought to myself, "Why does this sound so familiar?" Then I remembered the movie The Secretary which is based on a similar subject. But here is the real kicker: the main guy in The Secretary is named... wait for it---- E. Edward Grey! Very strange, but a good explanation for my Déjà vu! Just saying! Anyone else see the movie? What are your thoughts??
Jennifer, Yes, I saw The Secretary and I thought the same thing!!!! Although I have to say--The Secretary was WAAAY better than this book!! I don't want to say it was plagiarized, because many books have the same topics and plots, but this was too much. And to even be named Grey was a kicker! I much prefer James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal, let me tell you. I wanted to slap Ana, and not in a good way!!! LOL!!!
I am part of the leather lifestyle... The only thing this book has in common with Secretary is that there are references to Dominance and Submission and a little spanking... It's like saying that One movie is the same as another because they both speak English. I am glad to see the subject come up in the mainstream as an entertaining vehicle though....
Secretary is one of my favorite romantic movies, but it has a lighter tone to it than Fifty Shades of Grey. Thevfack that both males are named Greay wasn't lost on me either. Especially since my maiden name is Gray. :). I wonder if it was a conscious choice by E.L. James to give Christian that last name. Maybe a tip of the hat to a movie with the same subject matter? Don't know.
Does anyone who's seen the movie as well as read the books see how both men actually cherish these women that they love? Yes there's "kinky f-ery" going on, as Ana calls it, but there is also a great deal of care and concern for limits and physical well-being.
I agree that Secretary and 50 shades are very different and can't be compared. Secretary is a true romance between two people whose flaws fit together. 50 shades is just an attempt at throwing a little BDSM into a conventional love story (and a poorly written one at that).
anyone wanting to read a book that's erotic, well written, has BDSM themes and is (i believe) a true story should try the book 'nine and a half weeks'. it really rings true, and the woman gets away from the man in the end.
How can you not agree that there are overt similarities to Secretary? After reading Shades of Grey, it left me wanting to watch this movie all over again. I'm so glad I did. This Mr. E. Edward Grey (James Spader) was so much more sexy and complex a character than Christian Grey. The book can't hold a candle to this movie.
I can't believe I came across this thread. I have not read Fifty Shades but there is so much hype on it it's impossible not to know about it. I was asking someone today to describe what it was about, and right away I said "It sounds just like the movie Secretary with James Spader." It sounds like a rip-off to me.
As im ready this book im wondering is it possible that a book is based on a movie? Even the use of the name Mr. Grey, so obvious! Although I agree I love that movie bc I think it was true to its characters and the situation why it would be natural for them to come together and fall in love. This book reads a little like porn, its more like a women's fantasy, not like anything that could or would happen. Like one of those romance novels with a shirtless Fabio on the cover. The movie Secretary was not like that at all.
The movie secretary was based on a story already. As far as I'm concerned 50 shades is just plain shady. This has been ripped from my favorite romance...this time around it was tasteless though. I feel like maybe the author saw Secretary but didn't think anyone else had. Grey...come on... there's only one and that's E. Edward Grey.
I never saw the secretary, but as I read more (I'm on book two) I'm having a huge bout of deja vue (unsure of spelling - sorry), I've read this story before, down to the masquarade party and all - it's all so vaguely familiar
It's not a rip off at all -it's two totally different stories.Just because both involve BDSM doesnt mean they are the same concept. It's just that very little is know about that life style so people quickly relate the two (as there aren't too many out there) because of the theme of the book. Two very different novels... Unfair to even say that it's a rip off without having even read Fifty. Apples and oranges (both fruits) but different completely.