By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about, if not already read, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” first-time novelist E.L. James’s erotic novel about a young billionaire’s sexual ownership over a non-kink college coed. It’s the first book of a trilogy and has managed to make the author a millionaire by becoming the first book to sell more than one million copies on Amazon’s Kindle eReader. This is pretty interesting considering the eBook has beat out (so to speak) the popular titles of The DaVinci Code and the Harry Potter books. With the relative anonymity of downloading and reading an eBook, no one knows you’re really reading an SM novel while you’re sitting in the sub-way (another BDSM reference!) and I’m sure this has contributed greatly to it’s bottom line (I hope those of you reading can get yet another BDSM reference here!). Wish I wrote it!
Many people consider the books “mommy porn” for its appeal to women over thirty and, for many women, their first foray into the world of dominance and submission, something they may have only fantasized about prior to reading the book. The two sequels that follow, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide (eBook and paperback combined).
So what does this say about the state of women’s sexuality in this day and age? Does it mean we really WANT to be in submissive roles? Does it mean that, finally, romance novels are taking us to a new level? Does “Fifty Shades of Grey” allow us to learn more about kink and all of its depth and detail? How about all of the above!
As with any book, be it fiction or non-fiction, if it hooks you in with character development, plot, writing style, or story, and you enjoy reading it, then it’s a good book! Add to that the steamy eroticism that may be created while turning the pages (either paper or electronically), and it sounds like a good combo to me. And now, with all of the lovely and delicious beginner SM tools and toys out there, women and men can stop fantasizing about all these things and actually do them!
So enjoy your “Fifty Shades of Grey” and don’t forget that there are thousands of shades more…