I have not read that book derived from the Twilight saga, and I don’t intend to read it. (Not that I didn’t try to steer my book group towards it so as to have an excuse…) However, I can readily acknowledge that there is something titillating about having an easy if awkwardly phrased read that broaches topics we might not otherwise be willing to gobble up outside of the Penthouse Forum Letters. (What’s that? Never heard of it.) In fact, I was only mildly surprised to see the BDSM book displayed in one of the LAST places I expected: Grove Pharmacy! The old school neighborhood pharmacy had the two sequels proudly displayed on the counter next to the cash register yesterday. Ka-ching! Good for them. Although, I’d suggest offering a discount on Neosporin and gauze with each purchase. You know, in case people want to relive the magic that is many shades of grey.
Here’s how I imagine the true magic of Fifty Shades of Grey. (NSFW or Kids!)
Still, something unintentionally positive has come out of it for an author wholly unrelated to the darker shades of poor writing. Another book, Ruta Sepetys’ young adult novel Between Shades of Gray, has been selling faster than ice melts on a hot poker due to title confusion. And yes, her novel about ethnic cleansing in Lithuania during World War II came first.
In case you want to do more research into THAT topic, here’s the Between Shades of Gray website, complete with an author interview.