Fifty Shades of Grey

“”The book is a bit of a surprise hit, with print copies scarce, the explicit novel concerning the sexual awakening and domination of a 21-year-old has sold incredibly well in the e-book market and caused a splash with women everywhere referring to it simply as “The Book.”””


The plot traces the relationship between recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and manipulative billionaire Christian Grey. Steele is required by Grey to sign a contract allowing him complete control over her life as well as a non-disclosure agreement, something that he has required from all of his previous submissives. Upon learning that she is a virgin, Grey agrees to have sex with her in order to prepare her for later encounters, fully intending that the contract would be signed. As she gets to know him, she learns that his sexual tastes involve bondage, domination, and sadism, and that childhood abuse left him a deeply damaged individual. In order to be his partner, she agrees to experiment with BDSM, but she struggles to reconcile who she is (a virgin who has never previously had a boyfriend) with who Christian wants her to be, his submissive and a to-do-with-as-he-pleases partner in his “Red Room of Pain”.[5][6]


The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilightfan fiction originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name “Snowqueens Icedragon”. The piece featured characters named after Stephenie Meyer‘s characters in TwilightEdward Cullen and Bella Swan. After comments concerning the sexual nature of the material, James removed the story from the fan-fiction websites and published it on her own website, Later she rewrote Master of the Universe as an original piece, with the principal characters renamed Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and removed it from her website prior to publication.[7] Meyer commented on the series, saying “that’s really not my genre, not my thing … Good on her — she’s doing well. That’s great!”[8]

This reworked and extended version of Master of the Universe was split into three parts. The first, titled Fifty Shades of Grey, was released as an e-book and a print-on-demand paperback in May 2011 by The Writers’ Coffee Shop, a virtual publisher based in Australia. The second volume, Fifty Shades Darker, was released in September 2011; and, the third, Fifty Shades Freed, followed in January 2012. The Writers’ Coffee Shop had a restricted marketing budget and relied largely on book blogs for early publicity, but sales of the novel were boosted by word-of-mouth recommendation.

The book’s erotic nature and perceived demographic of its fanbase as being composed largely of married women over thirty led to the books being dubbed “Mommy Porn” by some news agencies.[9][10] The book has also been reportedly popular among teenage girls, and college women.[10]

By the release of the final volume in January 2012, news networks in the United States had begun to report on the Fifty Shades trilogy as an example of viral marketing and of the rise in popularity of female erotica, attributing its success to the discreet nature of e-reading devices.[6][11] Due to the heightened interest in the series, the license to the Fifty Shades trilogy was picked up by Vintage Books for re-release in a new and revised edition in April 2012.


I am currently 70% of the way through the first book, and have plans to read all three, because of the up roar that this book is causing in my community. I wanted to know what it was about and why it was so upsetting. I have heard everything from….

  • This going to be the new kinky Twilight
  • I found myself thinking “Twilight, plus some spanking, minus the sparkly vampires.”
  • The must read of the season, but make sure to have a man next to you.
  • This book caused me to join the BDSM community.
  • I now want to bring my Dominant into the light.
  • This book is so fucked up that it’s going to cause the vanilla’s to start throwing mentally institution rocks at us.
  • Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
  • It is physically impossible for me to get past Chapter Ten of this monstrosity.

I’m not going to write my full review at this time though I wanted to let everyone know that it is coming. I will have it up and finished probably by Wednesday night or Thursday morning since I have to finish my paper for school by Monday night.



~ by Snow on June 30, 2012.

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