The 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy, written by E.L. James, has become a worldwide phenomenon. This series continues to reach unprecedented sales milestones that suggest every man and woman on the planet currently owns a copy. The craze started for the self-published James thanks to friends telling friends and ebooks – where women could simply download James’ smutty tales in the privacy of their own homes.
Which, of course, is the digital equivalent of a brown paper bag.
And now, just in time for Valentine’s Day 2015, the movie version hits the big screen.
In 2012, everywhere you looked women were toting around, and actually READING, copies 50 Shades in public. Without so much as blushing. In the Chicago airport, I witnessed women of all ages, from gray haired grannies to moms with babies in strollers, so totally mesmerized while reading the book they nearly missed their flights. If the sales numbers are any indication, the odds are good that my own mother has a copy of the book on her nightstand.
The mere thought is so horrifying; I’m going to need therapy. [Read more…]