Why The Elevator Kiss In ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is So Memorable

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By A. C. Rose

I did a term paper on Fifty Shades of Grey for my “Theories of Love and Romance” class. Fans of the book will enjoy this excerpt about the elevator scene and why it was so powerful.

In fairy tales, the kiss is the thing that can awakens the sleeping princess or turns the frog or beast back into a prince. Ana wanted that! But in Fifty Shades of Grey it was a refused kiss that first fueled the flames of Ana Steele’s intrigue and desire.

Christian invited Ana for coffee, and on the way back to his hotel she is nearly run over by a speeding cyclist. Christian catches her from falling. “It all happened so fast—one minute I’m falling, and the next I’m in his arms and he’s holding me tightly… He’s staring into my eyes, and I hold his anxious, burning gaze for a moment or maybe it’s forever … but eventually, my attention is drawn to his beautiful mouth. And for the first time in my 21 years, I want to be kissed. I want to feel his mouth on mine.” (p. 48)

They are both deeply drawn and moved by this moment, but Christian, knowing her innocence and his own darkness, refuses to kiss her.

“Anastasia, you should steer clear of me. I’m not the man for you,” he whispers. She leaves the situation fearing she’s misread his interest and he leaves even more desirous of her.

When they finally do kiss, it is in an uncontainable eruption of passion and it is the action that fully launches the erotic adventure between Christian and Ana—and the reader. It, of course, occurs at the Heathman Hotel, before the characters have had a sexual experience, and before Ana has signed the NDA (Non-disclosure agreement) that Christian insisted must be in place before their relationship could begin.

Since paperwork and agreements were a huge part of book one in the trilogy, this scene showed the sheer force of their attraction and illustrates so many of the erotic cues that got the heroine, and the reader, so fully engaged in the story. This passage has become legendary among fans.

“We walk in silence down the corridor toward the elevator. As we wait I peek up at him through my lashes, and he looks out of the corner of his eyes down at me. I smile, and his lips twitch.
The elevator arrives, and we step in. We’re alone. Suddenly, for some reason, possibly our proximity in such enclosed space, the atmosphere between us changes, charged with an electric, exhilarating anticipation. My breathing alters as my heart races. His head turns fractionally toward me, his eyes darkest slate. I bite my lip.”

“Oh, fuck the paperwork,” he growls. He lunges at me, pushing me against the wall of the elevator. Before I know it, he’s got both of my hands in a viselike grip above my head, and he’s pinning me to the wall using his hips. Holy sh-t. His other hand grabs my hair and yanks down, bringing my face, up and his lips are on me. It’s not painful. I moan into his mouth, giving his tongue an opening. He takes full advantage, his tongue expertly exploring my mouth. I have never been kissed like this. My tongue tentatively strokes his and joins his in a slow, erotic dance that is all about touch and sensation, all bump and grind. He brings his hand up to grasp my chin and holds me in place. I’m helpless, my hands pinned, my face held, and his hips restraining me. His erection against my belly. Oh my… He wants me. Christian Grey, Greek God, wants me, and I want him here, here, now, in the elevator.” (P. 77-78)

When the elevator stops and the kiss abruptly ended, they walk out to the lobby: “I struggle to keep up with him because my wits have been thoroughly and royally scattered all over the floors and walls of elevator three in the Heathman Hotel.” Ana goes off to work still reeling from the experience. “The memory of our kiss this morning comes back to haunt me. I have thought of nothing else all day… to say I was distracted would be the understatement of the year.” (P. 87)

Understanding the chemistry of a kiss can help explain the desire and sexual awakening Ana felt, as well as understanding why she felt fragmented afterwards, and distracted, because the kiss ended suddenly.

In The Science of Kissing, Sheril Kirshenbaum says that a lot goes on in the body before a kiss, and a tremendous amount occurs once the lips touch.

“During a passionate kiss, our blood vessels dilate and receive more oxygen than normal to the brain. Our breathing becomes irregular and deepen; our cheeks flush, our pulse quickens, and our pupils dilate, which may be one reason so many of us closes our eyes.”

“Perhaps most important of all, when we kiss, all five of our senses are busy transmitting messages to the brain. Billions of little nerve connections are at work, firing away and distributing signals around our bodies. Eventually, these signals reach what is called the somatosensory cortex: the region of the brain that processes feelings of touch, temperature, pain, and more. Here they are interpreted, resulting in thought such as: ‘Did he just have onions?’ or ‘where is that hand wondering.'”

Ana was pretty taken with where his hands wandered and this kiss set the stage for the passion that would ensue. “A kiss is more than a kiss,” writes Judith Horstman in The Scientific American Book on Love, Sex, and the Brain. “It is an intimate exchange of scents, tastes, textures, secrets, and emotions. A touch of the lips triggers a cascade of neural messages and chemicals that transmit tactile sensations and sensual excitement, feelings of closeness, motivation, and even euphoria.”

Resources:

Horstman, J. (2012). The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain (1st ed.). San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.

James, E. L. (2012). Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. (1st ed.). New York, New York: Vintage.

Kirshenbaum, S. (2011). The Science of Kissing (1st ed.). New York, New York: Grand Central Publishing.

Artwork of the elevator scene by Ruffles and Restraints.

Article excerpted from: Attraction, Desire, and Falling in Love As Experienced by Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey In Fifty Shades of Grey by A. Charlotte Rose.

Must See Video: Very Sexy Fan Video Using the Song ‘Anastasia’

Hot, hot, hot! This is a hot fan video for an over 18 audience. It uses the song Anastasia as the backdrop and it is SO FITTING. This video includes photos from the Fifty Shades of Grey movie shoot, of Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, and other sexy footage representing scenes in the book.

Anastasia was written and recorded 20 years ago by Bennett Chesne. The song is now circulating in the Fifty Shade of Grey Fan community.

Kc Chesne sent us the video and said:

“Fans love the song “Anastasia” for the movie Fifty Shades of Grey. Some are saying it describes Christians feeling for Anastasia and makes a perfect theme song. Where do you hear it for the movie? Give us your opinion.”

What do you think?

Amazing Fan Video: Christian Grey and Ana Steele ‘Contract Scene’

OMG. We were so excited to find this fan-made video of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) in the “contract scene” outside Grey House.

This is a great compilation of video and photos. Some were taken from a distance but it so great to see the characters in action!

With “The Scientist” by Coldplay in the background, and the text from the Fifty Shades of Grey book, it really makes this little scene come alive for those of us wanting a little sneak peak of the movie.

The text used is the scene when Ana and Christian depart after their big talk about the “contract.” She has the contract in her hands and she is unsure if she will ever see her again.

In the book they of course are at the Heathman Hotel but for the movie this scene seems to have played out at Grey House.

You will laugh when you see the last line from Christian in the video: “Now I have to f–king wait.”

Hey, don’t we all… for this movie to be ready for us. -)

First Movie Still From ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film

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Some fans are disappointed it will take one year to see the Fifty Shades of Grey movies, but others are happy for every little glimpse we are getting into the film adaption of the beloved book.

Yesterday, for Valentine’s Day, producers released the first formal movie still on the official Facebook page for the movie.

It’s carried the promise:
One year.
Valentine’s Day 2015.

The still shows Ana setting her eye’s on Christian. She’s in a trench coat, looks like a black dress but could be wine, and heels and stockings. She has a folder or envelope in hand. Looks like “the contract.” It looks like they are in his office. Perhaps they moved the contract discussion from the hotel to the restaurant for the movie? She looks very pretty and her hair looks A LOT darker than it has in some of the shots we have seen from the set.

Sigh. Getting closer.

We’ve been covering this unfolding story since April 2012 and we look forward to bringing you the latest Fifty News as it unfolds!

Are you getting excited about the movie?

Sign Up for Fifty Shades of Grey ‘Fan Alerts’ from Fandango

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By A. Charlotte Rose

Finally, we are less than a year away from the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, which will open Valentine’s Day Weekend in 2015.

It may seem far away but we get closer to it every day!

Fandango is inviting Fifty Shades of Grey fans to sign up for fan alerts about the movie.

Fandango is a leading US web moviegoer destination. They offer reviews and trailers, as well as helping consumers find showtimes and buy tickets.

Here’s what they have on their site:
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated in 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 90 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever. Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. Joining them in the cast are Luke Grimes as Christian’s brother, Elliot; Victor Rasuk as Anastasia’s close friend, José; and Jennifer Ehle as Anastasia’s mother, Carla. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E L James, the creator of the series. The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel, with revisions by Patrick Marber and Mark Bomback. Full synopsis.

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford, Dylan Neal, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Callum Keith Rennie
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Genres: Drama, Romance

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