An Open Letter to Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson

It seems that everyone has an opinion about the upcoming film Fifty Shades of Grey starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. There has been so much buzz and hype surrounding the sexually explicit books over the last few years, and now readers and fans are turning their opinionated discussions towards the provocative film adaptation. "Who should play the characters and why," is the biggest topic of concern for Fifty Shades fans. The haters and internet trolls seem to pile on the discussions offering their thoughts on how unhealthy and abusive the relationship between naive Ana and controlling Christian is and how it's being glamorized. Others offer up another topic on how terribly written they believe the books to be. People forget that these books were written as fan fiction to the Twilight series, so ultimately I guess Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) are the inspiration for the characters of Christian and Ana.

 

I had thought I personally wouldn't ever read something as sexually graphic as these novels. However, I was eventually talked into it, and what I found surprised me. Author E. L. James had created characters that I developed a love-hate relationship with, and the story itself was interesting, with plot twists and nail-biting emotional drama. Would I call myself a Fifity Shades of Grey fan? Yes. I did enjoy the books, reading all three novels. I am not a reader of books, I'm just not. Fifty Shades of Grey was the first book I had picked up in years. The last book I read was on vacation in 2008. I am getting back into reading again, though. I've read thirteen books in the last two years, and that, for me, is a lot. Admittedly I had trouble getting through the third book in the series because by then I was over it (the sex). Okay I get it you guys have a lot of sex. I was kind of bored and had to force myself to power through to the end, and just like I was told, it was worth it. It wasn't the steamy erotic sex that drew me to the books, that was an eye-opening learning experience (I had to look of the definitions of some words - yup I'll admit it), rather it was the emotional desire and passion these two characters felt for one another and how they dealt with these feelings in their reality and dream-like worlds. Christian and Ana are characters with tortured, naive, lost, beautiful, damaged, loving and stubborn souls, and they worked together in such a way that was, for lack of a better word, believable. 

We all know someone who has been in a dramatic relationship with all the sorrow, betrayal, sexual heat and madness. Seriously, sometimes I thought my college and twenty-something friends were constantly starring in a real life soap operas, myself included having my heart ripped into a thousand pieces and feeling the gut-wrenching pain of loving someone to the point it physically hurt. Relationships are hell, and love can be beautiful one day and ugly the next. So this is my open letter to Jamie and Dakota, because I know they will read it, right?

Dear Jamie and Dakota,

Firstly, congrats on the roles you've been selected to play for this mad, dramatic, erotic movie. It seems you both have your work cut out for you by taking on these challenging characters. After you read this letter, I need to you both to step away from the internet for a while. Don't read anything regarding the film, and don't even think about doing a Google search for your names. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but, you're both currently being cyber-bullied. It's not anything against either of you personally, it's that some of these crazy ass fans and non fans (internet trolls) cannot seem to separate you from the characters you're going to portray. These women and some men, have pictured their ideal Christian and Ana for months and years, electing who they will masturbate to while in the shower or which Hollywood hottie they will envision in their minds while f*^@ing their partners and spouses. These books have made some people completely insane. They've gone as far as making fake movie trailers with their selected actors, fake movie posters and have devoted countless blogs and Pinterest boards to show their love and fevered compulsions for these characters. It's more than just a simple, "I think this person would make a fantastic Christian or Ana and here's why" -- it goes much deeper, almost to a level of bizarre obsession. Do not let that scare you, or let it - and be aware of these things during the promo tour. My advice hire an extra bodyguard or two, because you'll probably need it.

Jamie,

I loved, loved, loved you as the Sheriff in Once Upon A Time. I was so sad when your character died. I'm going to be honest, you weren't who I pictured for the role of Christian. I personally envisioned Christian Bale, for obvious reasons -- it was a Patrick Bateman meets Bruce Wayne thing for me (I mean have you seen the way he wears a suit?). Then I realized Bale was way older than Mr. Grey and turned my sights towards Colin Egglesfield. It was his mysterious eyes and stellar physique. With that being said, it really is all about personal preference from a fans point of view. Suddenly, we the readers have become movie directors, casting agents and studio executives who've all been in the business for years and know what we're doing when it comes to talent {insert sarcasm here}. People are pissed that Matt Bomer isn't playing the role. These relentless haters will continue to protest from behind the safety of the computer screens and mobile phones calling for your resignation, saying things about how you are ugly and you will ruin your career. I am telling you do not listen. I mean why would you anyway? I know you have better things to do with your time, but, if you do, just know that for every hater there are way more non-haters. I've read your interview with EW and I think you will be a fantastic Christian Grey. Practice saying "Laters Baby" in your sexiest voice, and you'll have most of the women in the world swooning by that phrase alone.

Dakota,

I've seen you in 21 Jump Street, The Social Network (fantastic dialog with Justin Timberlake by the way), and I know you were the bright spot in the show Ben & Kate (although I didn't watch it I heard much buzz about your performances). Bringing us back to your role as Anastasia Steele, you will be fine. Also, do not pay attention to those who say you landed the part because your parents are famous, that is absolute stupidity. People (women mostly) are going to hate you, the Ana you, that is -- own it. Whether the haters will admit it or not, they have pictured themselves as Ana Steele hoping that they can live out their sexual fantasy of being the one who saves and holds the attention of the rich, handsome, brooding, damaged Fifty - and oh yeah, have "mind-blowing sex" with the man. Not gonna happen. So your job now is to live out every woman's desire and make them believe it. You've got this. 

In a few months the film's teaser trailer will debut and you will win over a majority of the haters. People will have a visual of your on-screen chemistry and be pleasantly surprised. Not everyone will be moved to change their minds, but you cannot please everyone, right? I look forward to your performances and seeing you on the big screen. Until then our twitchy palms have been stowed. Best of luck to both of you and have fun.

Sincerely, Christy Pastore

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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