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“Mommy Porn”: The Fifty Shades Trilogy

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY,  FIFTY SHADES DARKER and FIFTY SHADES FREED

By E. L. James

Dubbed ‘mommy porn’ , these books are currently the rage in the United States, .
With her debut novel at the top of the New York Times bestseller list and the subject of a bidding war over film rights, EL James is suddenly the toast of US literary circles, where she is credited with introducing “graphic, heavy-breathing erotica” to a mass of female readers never previously likely to have turned to the genre.
Yet at home in Britain, where she left her job as a TV production executive in January to concentrate full-time on her writing career, the mother of two still remains a virtual unknown.
It’s a state of affairs that’s unlikely to last for long, however, with plans for a British edition of the book and what James’ agent describes as an ongoing “bombardment” of interest from US film studios vying for the rights to her novel, the tale of a submissive-dominant relationship between a shy female college student and a successful male entrepreneur.
“In many ways it’s a classic romance. It’s beauty and the beast, a wish-fulfilment story, and of course there are significant erotic passages in the relationship between the two principal characters, which I think is unique in mainstream commercial fiction,” said Hoskins, who also highlighted the way in which Kindles and iPads have brought a degree of anonymity for readers who would in the past have balked at being seen fingering a book identifiable as erotic fiction.

“It is benefiting from word of mouth among women who may previously have bought erotic fiction, and of course nobody can see what you are reading on your screen. A Kindle or an iPad looks like everyone else’s.”

“There is definitely a viral factor about it among groups of women who are talking about it where they meet at school runs, playgrounds, the hairdressers, exercise class.”

Proof that momentum is behind James came with her three books continuing to top the New York Times bestseller list for combined print and ebook fiction for the week ending  May 13, 2012, ahead of names such as Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, David Baldacci, Nora Roberts, John Grisham, James Patterson.

“Women just feel like it’s OK to read it,” she added. “It’s taboo for women to admit that they watch pornography, but for some reason it’s OK to admit that they’re reading this book.”

James said in a statement: “I’ve heard from so many readers trying to find these books in their local bookshops and libraries.”

“It is gratifying to know that they will soon become widely available in the US and around the world.”

Elsewhere, Fifty Shades of Grey is said to have had an unexpected knockon in the world of New York fashion retail, with fans seeking out grey ties, an item of clothing that features prominently in the novel. (Please see picture below.)

“Hundreds of women write to me every day asking where they can buy grey ties,” said Lyss Stern of Divamoms.com, who was an early admirer of the novel and encouraged others to read it.

The books have been banned in 17 Florida county libraries.

(The books belong to the BDSM genre. The acronym BDSM combines bondage and discipline (B&D or B/D), dominance and submission (D&S or D/s), and sadism and masochism (S&M or S/M). BDSM includes a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships, and distinct subcultures.)

 

 

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