This may be a novel and it may be fiction but it is certainly not to my taste. However, my wife and all her friends ‘rave’ about it and due to its incredible success I felt I should add it to my list of novels to discuss. The book of erotic fiction, 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James, is surprising in its mainstream popularity given that it is a story involving such a succession of powerful, kinky sex scenes.
This is the story of a young woman, Anastasia Steele, and her obsession and love for a man who enjoys bondage and domination. 50 Shades of Grey has become the fastest-selling paperback since records began and has recently become the first ebook to break the one million sales figure. The plot describes the young heroine’s sexual submission to Christian Grey, a millionaire she barely knows. Mr Grey readily introduces her to his range of erotic master and slave fetishes and to his “Red Room of Pain”.
The book is said to have given bondage lingerie a boost in sales and has started a mini-baby boom. Some see the books as porn while others describe it as romance, but what is sure is that it will help booksellers give books a good flogging! There are now two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Fifty Shades of Grey didn’t hold my attention but there are certainly a lot of people who can’t put the book down.