A couple weeks ago I was in Montana at a Wolf and Bear rescue center. Our guide was showing us the wolves, and although they didn’t look anything like the wolves in Twilight, I did find myself thinking of Twilight. With my head already in the literary world our guide mentioned that there are people who have wolves as pets. I think they’re crazy, but then I can barely manage to care for a fish.
Someone from my group asked why people would want to have a wolf since they’re not entirely trainable. They will always want to be the alpha, not really a safe arrangement when both parties think they’re the alpha. The response of my guide got me thinking of Christian. She said that some people have a need to tame the wild. Tame something that doesn’t want to be, and maybe shouldn’t be tamed.
A lot of articles about Fifty Shades of Grey mention that the book is going to make woman want to save damaged men, the fifty shades of fucked up men out there. Although we all love Christian and his fifty shades of fuckedupness, I think the vast majority of us know that in real life he wouldn’t change like that or as fast, if ever. I’m sure there are people out there who do think that men like Christian can be saved, I don’t think it has anything to do with the books, just as there are people who think they can raise a wolf as a pet.
The reality is that a lot of people there is an urge to tame something, wolves, fucked up men/woman. I think that there is an element of human nature where we want to prove the world wrong or do something extreme, it has a payoff in making you feel powerful and successful. Of course sometimes it doesn’t work out and so we have medical doctors and psychiatrists.