Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we all know by now that Fifty Shades of Grey and the rest of the trilogy written by E.L. James has been the topic of many conversations. Everywhere people are going crazy about Fifty Shades and are discussing everything from how poorly it is written to what a beautiful love story it is. I’ve seen a video of women screaming when meeting E.L. James to women telling me that they’ve re-read the book four times. Not only have I seen women reading it out in the open on the New York City subway and a children’s camp picnic, but it’s now sold at Costco and the airport.
In fact, even at JFK airport, Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are best sellers (numbers 2, 3, and 4 respectively). (What is number 1? A Thomas Friedman book about the economy!)
With a movie and perhaps a 4th book told from the perspective of Christian Grey, why has this series captured the hearts of so many women (and benefited so many men)? Erotic fiction has been around for years, but these books are more mainstream than the Harlequin Romance novels that you saw at the checkout line at the grocery store. Are people finally admitting that sex is ok and it’s nothing to be ashamed of? Will vibrators and other sex toys also become mainstream and acceptable?
Are we on the verge of the next sexual revolution? If you think we are, then please don’t hurt the person in front of you in line to get the next Fifty Shades of Grey Book!