LOL. Yeah, you're right about that. I heard the only experimentation she did was a google search to see what first popped up, and then convinced her husband to branch out from vanilla sex, to something... else. xD
But yes, her book (I only managed to get through one, and that took a great deal of effort) was a poor excuse for one, and the movie was extremely cringe-worthy. I feel like the whole story is supposed to appeal to women who never knew and never will know what BDSM is, and it just creates a poorly written visualization for them to fantasize about. Which is truly unfortunate because the boundaries of abuse were crossed in a way they never should be, and that relationship was far more power hungry just for the sake of power, than it should've been. Even the news media outlets that reported reviews on the movie afterward (with probably no knowledge of BDSM lifestyles) knew to report that the examples of 'love' and 'lust' in the film/book were not appropriate or accurate.
I think my favorite thing that I ever saw about those books was a meme that went around my fb page for awhile that showed a picture of a nasty rundown, rusted out, really sketchy looking trailer and was tagged something like, "If Dorian Grey hadn't been a billionaire, 50 Shades would have been a Criminal Minds episode".
I admit I haven't read them, but the excerpts I've seen from them make me think that's not an entirely inaccurate supposition. I feel badly for the bored housewives, or experiemental students, who get ideas from poorly written crap like this and get hurt because they don't know any better.
I'll stick to my Dominant/Top types I have as friends and who know how to respect the boundaries of consent.