Since the beginning of the Fifty Shades journey there has always been the question of what is your favorite part of the books? For many it’s a happy place, the wedding, the engagement, or any number of loving moments in the series. For others it’s a happy moment like the lemon martini, or maybe something in an elevator. For me it’s always been the beginning of Fifty Shades Darker.
I think that’s why the song, I Don’t Wanna Live Forever, connected with me from the first night I heard it, it speaks to those first moments in Darker. The moments when Christian and Ana are in the depths of depression, where they are hoping for each other back, or an end to the pain.
As I read the snippet of Fifty Shades Darker from Christian’s POV the other night, I was reminded of what was so magical about the start of Darker, which isn’t on the surface a “happy” time. In the first chapter or two in Darker, especially in Christian’s POV there is hope. Christian refers to his hope that he can win Ana back three times in those few short pages. Even when Ana is fighting him and reminding him that they are broken up, he still digs deep to channel his hope.
Without his hope, there is no story.
As the first chapters go on in Ana’s point of view, we slowly build up hope. Behind Ana’s snarky comments is her desperation, conflict, and confusion. Then she realizes Christian is offering her something different, a relationship and hope for more.
Sometimes I think logically about Fifty Shades Darker, I wonder how the heck all that happened in just a week or so? Breaking up and getting engaged in a two week period, never mind the crazy ex’s and bosses. That could never happen in real life, right? Then I go back to the Fifty Shades worlds and Christian’s hope.
Today I win her back…
That’s what hope does, it changes your world in an instant, you go from depression to action. You chase your dreams and live life to the fullest. Maybe with hope it’s possible?
I love the hope at the beginning of Fifty Shades Darker, it tells me that anything is possible.
Chase your dreams and live your life to the fullest, something magical may happen to you too.