Forced To Confront Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades of GreyI have been steadfastly ignoring Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James. It’s taken some effort too. People at work were talking about it. It’s been mentioned on the Today show and blogs everywhere. And according to a friend today, word is spreading among the moms of Long Island.

The book is the first in a trilogy that follows the relationship between innocent literature student Anastasia Steele and successful businessman Christian Grey. What follows, if I’m to understand correctly, is a whole lot of sex (some of it supposedly controversial).

Today this book came up in conversation yet again. Dani has threatened to pick it for book club this month. When I got home, I opened up my Google Reader and there was an article on it in the New York Times. It looks like I can’t ignore this book any more.

According to the New York Times article, Fifty Shades of Grey is “an erotic novel by an obscure author that has been described as “Mommy porn” and “Twilight” for grown-ups.” These are not normally things I look for in my reading. However, it goes on to say the trilogy has already sold more than 250,000 copies and people everywhere are talking about it. What’s remarkable is that the book transcends its genre. It’s not just those who read erotica or romance readers. It seems woman of all kinds are flocking to it.

The thing is, this does not appear to be a work of great literature. It started out as fan fiction. But there must be something addicting about it. I guess I will find out if it is actually our next book club book. That will certainly be one interesting discussion…


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