“Fifty Shades of Grey” is the first novel in an erotic trilogy that’s been called “Mommy Porn” and the “Twilight Saga gone rogue”. It’s been the subject of discussion on the Today Show, the New York Times, and NPR among other media outlets. Why? Because people are trying to understand the phenomenal success of a novel that has bondage and S&M as its “romantic” theme and is being downloaded by soccer Moms and mature Tomatoes faster than you can say caliente!
Yes, we confess we’ve read it in e-book form, which has far surpassed the sales of the paper version, partly because women don’t want to have to hide the cover if they’re reading it in public places, like the train and subway.
So what’s the appeal to women of a book that centers around bondage and S&M? It’s very simple: erotic sex from a female perspective and a taboo romance with an unattainable, sexy billionaire. Written by female British author E.L. James, she totally gets what makes women hot, which is not anywhere near the same as the porn that men think is hot, which usually involves men being gratified by women.
The books launched as self-published novels, but have become such big hits that Vintage Books (a division of Random House) just bought the digital and print world rights — and will release 750,000 paperback copies of the trilogy in April. And the book rights are being pursued by several major Hollywood studios too.
So here’s the story line in brief. Beautiful college senior and virgin Anastasia Steele, meets and falls for the extremely handsome, and successful young billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey. He seduces her and tries to lead her into his life of bondage and S&M as his submissive, but he too, soon falls madly in love with Antastasia. As Ana uncovers more about his past that led to his predilections, she is also drawn and repelled by his sexual preferences. Will she bring him into the light? How far will he bring her into the dark? And in between those questions is so much hot sizzling sex you don’t have to “skip” to the good parts, because they’re everywhere. The first of the three books was definitely the most erotic. Or maybe it’s just that by books two and three, all that sex starts to become a little boring. Maybe less is more?
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