50 Shades of Grey: Who Is Your Christian?

Over the last month or so, my sister Angie has been harassing me about this book trilogy she had read, the first one titled 50 Shades of Grey by E L James.

Now my sister rarely reads at all, so to hear her be so excited about a book was unusual. I asked her what is was about and she said Well, I’ve never read a romance novel, but it’s a really HOT romance novel. And as soon as “romance novel” left her lips, I was out. Because I was thinking of those cheesy Harlequin Romance novels (no offense if that’s your thing – it’s just not mine). But she wouldn’t quit talking about it.

So I jumped on goodreads.com (if you’re on there, leave me your username so I can friend you!) to see what it was all about.

Before I continue, let me just say that if you are not comfortable reading about explicit sex, you can go ahead and quit reading because this is definitely not a book for you. If you like reading about hot, steamy, kinky sex, read on…

Here’s the goodreads.com synopsis of 50 Shades of Grey:

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates.

For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Doesn’t sound like anything but a romance novel, but I had the inside scoop from my sister: the sex is HOT.

It’s also about sex that isn’t “normal” to most people; sex involving sadism, masochism, submissive sex, sex with paddles, flogs and nipple clips. Being bound. Being blindfolded. Taboo sex. Ana begging for Christian to stop, and then begging him for more.

It was not a romance novel, it was erotica (or #SexLit as we’ve been tweeting about it). The writing wasn’t stellar and the storyline was unbelievable, but the details and descriptions left me unable to do anything but read the entire trilogy over the past week.

As for the trilogy, I was a huge fan of book 1, book 2 kept me turning the pages, but book 3 wasn’t as addicting as the first two.

But that’s not really why I wrote this post. Why I really wanted to write it was because I want to know if you’ve read it and what you think – more specifically, I wonder who is your Christian?

In the book, Christian is hot beyond belief – the kind of hot that makes girls blush and stutter when they are around him. He’s the kind of guy that just oozes sex and that women fantasize about. I kept trying to figure out which actor could play Christian in the movie they keep saying is in the works.

One of the issues I ran into when trying to come up with an actor was that Christian is young – just 28-ish – and most of the actors popping into my head were older. So I referred to my free past list. George Clooney? Nope. Too old. Curtis Stone? Nope. Too nice. Matthew McConaughey? He’s older, but hmmmm….maybe…nope, too goofy.

Justin Timberlake? YES! Matt Dillon? He’s older but looks younger and YES! And while he’s not on my free pass list (but he should be), what about Charlie Hunnam (they guy that plays Jax on Sons of Anarchy)? Yes, he would do, too. Ashton Kutcher isn’t even on my free pass list, but yeah, I could see Ashton playing Christian too.

So I’m asking you, who is your Christian?

Mama’s Losin’ It I wrote this post for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop in response to Prompt #1:
Book review time! Some people STILL read books…share one of your more recent reads and tell us what you thought!


  1. I have been hearing a lot about this book lately. Very interested in reading it but don't know if I could handle all the sex parts. Then again I have a hubby that is already if I get too horny hahahah *sorry if too much info* :)
  2. So funny we are next to each other on the link as I wrote about the same. I want the sweet Christian from book three on my free pass list. I have been racking my brain since a major studio picked up the rights to figure out who I want to see in this role. I totally agree that one and two are far better. I finished three a long time ago but wrote this post previously.
  3. Nice review, Natalie and I was with you at first not wanting to explore a "romance novel", but I think this series is WAY different. As you know, I just started book 1 and so far, so good... My Christian is Ryan Gosling. Hands down. I want to lick him. But, my husband is pretty rad too. :) Tonya recently posted..Raising Confident GirlsMy Profile
  4. I started this book yesterday. Im trying to keep reading, but its really not my cup of tea so far. Im going to finish it and hope it gets better. Jessica recently posted..Why I Love Being a MamaMy Profile
  5. I read the 1st book and didn't love it. I just couldn't get beyond the bad writing and lack of a plot progression. Really -- all that time and she still hadn't signed the agreement?!?!? I think I'll pass on the next two. All that said, yes, the sex was HOT, HOT, HOT. My husband told me to stop reading about it and start doing it!! ; ) While I was reading I imagined Patrick Dempsey as Christian. Too old, I realize, but that's who kept popping to mind. I'm Amy Liles on Goodreads. Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. recently posted..Weekend Words of Wisdom.My Profile
  6. I've been trying to my hands on this book since I read about in Entertainment magazine a few months ago but Amazon was on back order and now are re-releasing it. I did check with my library and who would have thought that they would order it and I am on the wait list. I love books like this and not necessarily for the superb writing skills. This is the first time I paid attention to the age and I must admit that I am surprised that the Grey character would be so young. For that range - Ryan Reynolds or Paul Walker but for the age it should be... Jansen Ackles or Jeffery Dean Morgan sigh @MryJhnsn from iNeedaPlaydate recently posted..Distractions - #AtoZChallengeMy Profile
  7. Someone sent me a piece of it to check it out. I've never been into romance or erotic lit but I devoured the Sleeping Beauty trilogy. Also some messed up work. Megan recently posted..Butterfly Jungle at the Safari ParkMy Profile
  8. I was worried when I read "Charlie"...I thought you were going to say Charlie Sheen. And with George Clooney being too old, I hate to say but I resemble that remark. jamie recently posted..The day I was one of The Crimson Intelligentsia.My Profile
  9. I'm going with Josh Duhamel I just think he's irresistable and sexy. I downloaded the Kindle sample of this but didn't even get through the sample. Maybe I'll give it another try. Julia recently posted..Give a Gal a Cocktail and an LBDMy Profile
  10. I have not heard of these books . . . I'll have to give them a try. I have to say that I don't allow myself the time to simply sit and read as much as I should, shame on me! With that being said, I have to give Ben Affleck a nod for the main character, possibly. I only wish I would have known about these books at the beginning of my spring break rather than the end :( Erin recently posted..Family Fun - Our trip to the moonMy Profile
  11. This is gonna kill you: somehow I had in my head that Adam Levine was gay. Now that I know he isn't: he's my Christian or David Beckham. Or my Adonis, without the angst/distraction of kids and work. And you know me: this book is on my to do list. As is Adonis. Ahem.
  12. I feel like if I read these books I'll need to do it late at night with a flashlight so no one sees! NAUGHTY! Kat recently posted..Sometimes It Causes Me To TREMBLEMy Profile
  13. Oh, I'm loving these books. My Christian would likely be a nobody. I think it's a part that has to be somebody that doesn't already have an ideal role. You know? Jana A (@jana0926) recently posted..Pimiento Cheese 101My Profile
  14. My Christian would definitely be Eric Winter. He is the doctor who played in the Ugly Truth. Look him up, see what you think! He has the perfect face in my opinion....and body.
    • Also, Ian Somerhalder from Vampire Diaries. (He has the hair) . I also agree with the Jansen Ackles and Paul Walker suggestions from above ;)
  15. I don't care who plays Christian if I can play Ana? Just asking! Erin recently posted..Why we have kidsMy Profile
  16. Cynthia G. says:
    So I am just about done with the 3rd book. They sucked me in and wouldn't let go until I finished. Each book was completely different but entertaining. I have PTA moms thanking me for the recommendation. As for Christian, I could not think of an actor today that fits the bill. I did however think of Ryan Gosling a few times because of his character in Crazy Stupid Love but he doesn't have the right hair. Oh well, I can't wait to see who they end up casting.
  17. I just finished the 3rd book and wish there was more! Matt Bomer as Christian!
  18. Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) with a haircut - he is a greek god! For some reason - I kept thinking of Emma Stone as Ana. I think it's because the emails are so witty and she does that really well. I saw some pix of her with long dark hair. She would be perfect!
  19. Okay, I'm almost done with book one and couldn't help to google and see who other people think should play Christian, LoL! I keep picturing Matt Bomer or Chris Pine.
  20. I would LOVE to see Ryan Reynolds or Channing Tatum play Christian in the movie and Leighton Meester as Ana!
  21. Brittany says:
    Jessie Pavelka! He looks exactly how I feel the book describes Christian!
    • Sabrina says:
      I totally agree and he's kind of unknown as an actor. He is also the perfect age!
  22. Charlie Hunnam is without a doubt, my Christian Gret
  23. Charlie Hunnam is without a doubt, my Christian Grey!
  24. What would you think of Josh Duhamel as Christian and Emma Watson as Ana ??
  25. matthew mcconaughey is sooo my Christian Grey!!!! I know he is older but,,,, he has the perfect hair, smile and attitude and what has to be the perfect voice!!!! He is ALWAYS be my Christian Grey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  26. Charlie Hunnam would be the perfect Christian! I don't think I could stand it if a former vampire or superhero got cast.
  27. I am with Jill...Charlie Hunnam....all the way!
  28. My Christian is josh duhamel!!!!
  29. My Christian would be Josh Duhamel or Ian Somerhalder. They're soooooooo hot.
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