Have you ever noticed that so many people criticizing E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy also happened to have read all three books? I must admit, as an avid reader I will – very quickly – ditch a book if I don’t enjoy it. It’s my special “me-time”, why would I waste it on something I don’t relish? Mmmhh, makes you think… can you spell DENIAL??
The other thing (and this really gets to me) is that the first thing that comes up when you mention FSOG is the sex. Now, don’t get me wrong, I admit that it does contain a fair bit of the salacious stuff but please explain this to me: Erotica in novels has been around for centuries, this is by no means the first sexy novel and it’s by far not near the most provocative on the market so why is the sex thing always in the forefront?
Let’s take a quick look at the stats. Since the release in May 2011 E L James has made over 6.5 million Pounds, sold between 40 and 60 million copies as well as the movie rights for the trilogy. It’s branded as the fastest selling paperback of all time and she’s fast becoming the worlds fastest author earner ever.
Maybe, if we have any geeky girls in our midst, they’ll tell me otherwise, that this sort of thing is old hat in the world of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter but I’ve never seen anything like it. The fact is that FSOG is a phenomenon that’s coloured our world a brighter shade of grey and roughly 50 million people can’t all be wrong! From ice-cream to cosmetics, jewellery to clothes, slogans, jokes, fan sites, fan fiction, sex toys and saved marriages I think I can safely tip my hat at the lady.
For me, the most significant things were the unexpected evolution of a possible new writing career and if not, a helluva’ enjoyable hobby and of course the friendships. It’s been an amazing journey – my blog alone gets visitors from around 88 countries worldwide. I’ve loved seeing the interactions in the different groups, woman from all over being pulled together by this single thread – the saucy sluts (and I mean that in the nicest way possible) and the goody girls (again, not judging) dipping their curious toes in waters unknown. It’s been fantastic – from the bottom of my heart, thank you ladies and thank you Mrs James (aka Erika Leonard).
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