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on Friday, 08 June 2012. Posted in Front Page Headline, Media Updates

The Daily Astorian

I would be remiss as a bookseller if I did not mention the phenomenon of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy currently abroad in the land.

Yes, it is a BDSM opus which has sold over 5 million copies in 37 countries.

I think that BDSM covers bondage, domination, sadism and masochism – for starters. Everybody says that’s not their cuppa tea, but we can hardly keep the three volumes in stock, so one has to wonder who’s reading it.

The other two books are Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. One is not enough for the fans of E.L. James. The London author started writing fanfiction, changing the names of the characters but parodying the “Twilight” series.

Then, it took on a life of its own. Says E.L.: “It’s my midlife crisis; all my fantasies are in there and that’s it.” It is heralded as “mommy porn.” Many people who carry it to the counter insist that it’s for a friend, a sister, someone who is too shy to buy it … and they are sometimes Fifty Shades of Red as they hand over their money. We have never been censors and have no intention of starting now. We know it’s naughty and we don’t mind.

Since this is a family newspaper, we will not titillate you with the details of the story. The paper would simply curl up in your hands. I haven’t read any of them yet, but the description is as follows: “When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant and intimidating.” He is also off-the-charts wealthy, has to be in control and has secrets of his own. What a combo. Then, the fun begins. We dare you to read just one. We will happily ship them to you in a plain brown wrapper. ...

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