When the Fifty Shades books hit shelves, people lost their shit in every way possible. Soccer moms across the world couldn’t get enough of the BDSM passages, husbands couldn’t figure out why their wives loved said passages so much (wait, so she doesn’t enjoy missionary twice a week with our socks on?), book critics freaked over the awful sentence structure and repetitiveness, and churches and librarians across the country sought to ban the books from bookstores everywhere. Seriously. It was pandemonium—all because of three books about a guy who liked to have rough sex.
While a lot of people (especially writers) claim to hate the books, I’m just going to be straight up with you: I fucking loved Fifty Shades of Grey. And not just the first one. Oh, no. I loved all of them. And I’m not even embarrassed about it.
So, as someone who considers herself to be somewhat of an expert in all things E.L. James, here are the Fifty Shades Darker passages I personally feel—and any true fan will agree—absolutely must not be left out of the movie.
1. When Christian lets his guard down
“With his eyes wide and full of fear, he gently tugs my hand and places it on his chest over his heart—in the forbidden zone. His breathing quickens. His heart is beating a frantic, pounding tattoo beneath my fingers … I gasp. Oh, my Fifty! He’s letting me touch him.”
Okay, so this one will obviously make it into the movie. It’s a huge, huge moment for Ana and Christian. After a traumatic childhood, one of Christian’s “rules” was that he didn’t want to be affectionately touched. But thanks to Ana, times they are a-changin’.
2. The ice cream scene
“And just as I am getting used to the sensation, he sits up again and trails a spoonful of ice cream down the center of my body, across my stomach, and into my navel where he deposits a large dollop of ice cream. Oh, this is chillier than before, but weirdly it burns.
“Now, you’ve done this before.” Christian’s eyes shine. “You’re going to have to stay still, or there will be ice cream all over the bed.” He kisses each of my breasts and sucks each of my nipples hard, then follows the line of ice cream down my body, sucking and licking as he goes.
And I try, I try to stay still despite the heady combination of cold and his inflaming touch. But my hips start to move involuntarily, gyrating to their own rhythm, caught up in his cool vanilla spell. He shifts lower and starts eating the ice cream in my belly, swirling his tongue into and around my navel.
I moan. Holy cow. It’s cold, it’s hot, it’s tantalizing, but he doesn’t stop. He trails the ice cream further down my body, into my pubic hair, on to my clitoris. I cry out, loudly.
“Hush now,” Christian says softly as his magical tongue sets to work lapping up the vanilla, and now I’m keening quietly.
“Oh . . . please . . . Christian.”
“I know, baby, I know,” he breathes as his tongue works its magic. He doesn’t stop, just doesn’t stop, and my body is climbing—higher, higher. He slips one finger inside me, then another and he moves them with agonizing slowness in and out.
“Just here,” he murmurs, and he rhythmically strokes the front wall of my vagina while he continues the exquisite, relentless licking and sucking. Holy fucking cow.”
This is one of those scenes that makes Fifty Shades of Grey what it is: sexual, a little corny, and almost TMI. Still, if it doesn’t make it into the movie we’re calling bullshit. Give us ice cream or give us nothing at all!
3. When Christian says sex is better than therapy
“With anxious, dexterous fingers, I rip open the foil and unroll the condom over him. He grins down at me, his mouth open, eyes misty gray and full of carnal promise. Leaning over me, he rubs his nose against mine, his eyes closed, and deliciously, slowly, he enters me.
I grasp his arms and tilt my chin up, reveling in the exquisitely full feeling of his possession. He runs his teeth along my chin, eases back, and then slides into me again – so slow, so sweet, so tender – his body pressing down on me, his elbows and his hands on either side of my face.
“You make me forget everything. You are the best therapy,” he breathes, moving at an achingly leisurely pace, savoring every inch of me.
Doctors might disagree with the above statement, but there’s something oddly sweet (and, admittedly, super fucked up) when Christian tells Ana that sex with her is more helpful than the years he’s spent schmoozing about his gloomy past with Dr. Flynn.
4. When Christian says those three words…
“He pauses and takes a deep breath. ‘I love you, Anastasia. I will do everything in my power to protect you. I cannot imagine my life without you.’ Three little words. My world stands still, tilts, then spins on a new axis; and I savor the moment gazing into his sincere, beautiful gray eyes.”
OK, so not everything has to be about sex. Amidst the BDSM, ex lovers, and insane bosses, the romantic scenes seriously make us go “awwww.” This is another scene that is definitely going to make it into the film, and honestly, I can’t wait.
5. When Anastasia admits she kinda likes the Red Room
“‘Do you want a regular vanilla relationship with no kinky fuckery at all?’” My mouth drops open.
“‘Kinky fuckery?’” I squeak … My inner goddess is down on bended knee with her hands clasped in supplication begging me. “ ‘I like your kinky fuckery,’” I whisper.”
Ana has embraced her inner dark side. Finally. Seriously, if we don’t get to witness Dakota Johnson say the words “I like your kinky fuckery” then literally, what’s the point?
6. When Christian makes love
“He flexes his hips so his erection pushes against me … Yes. Right there … He runs his teeth along my chin, eases back, then slides into me again—so slow, so sweet, so tender—his body pressing down on me, his elbows and his hands on either side of my face. ‘Oh, Ana,’ he breathes as he lets go, my name a benediction on his lips as he finds his release. His head rests on my belly, his arms wrapped around me … I just want to enjoy the quiet serene afterglow of making love with Christian Grey, because that’s what we’ve done: gentle, sweet lovemaking.”
When Christian lets Ana become an active participant (and not just someone who is on the receiving end) of sex, it’s a huge deal. Gone, at least temporarily, is the dominant Christian. Relationship Christian has arrived. #swoon
7. When Christian puts Elena in her place
“Christian…does she know how negative you are about yourself? About all of your issues?”
“She knows me better than anyone.”
“Ouch! That hurts.”
“It’s the truth, Elena. I don’t have to play games with her. And I mean it, leave her alone.”
When Elena (aka Mrs. Robinson) shows up, Ana is not happy. The woman who introduced Christian to BDSM (when he was a minor) is now his business partner, and Ana is really having none of it. So, when Christian finally stands up for her and puts Elena in her place…well, it’s pretty epic.
8. When Leila shows up with a gun
“Holy fuck. She’s here, gazing at me with an unnerving blank expression, holding a gun. My subconscious swoons into a dead faint, and I don’t think even smelling salts will bring her back.
I blink repeatedly at Leila as my mind goes into overdrive. How did she get in? Where’s Ethan? Holy shit! Where is Ethan?”
This is one of those scenes that will certainly make it into the movie, but also one that could make or break the film. Leila is fragile and totally crazy, but if the actors aren’t careful, it could quickly go from “suspenseful moment” to “so fucking corny” in .003 seconds. Here’s to hoping it’s done well!