Raise your hand if you've read the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey."
The trilogy of erotic novels is at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, and the first book has just been named the fastest selling paperback of all time in the UK. The New York Times reports the books sold ten million copies in just six weeks, and the author’s estimated net worth now tops $6 million with book deals and a movie contract.
Well, good for author E.L. James and publisher Random House!
I read the first book. It's horrible. Sure, there's a lot of sex ... and other stuff. But who knew a book with so much steaminess could be so boring? Take away the phrases "Oh my", "Holy cr*p" and "Jeez", and the book would only be 20 pages long.
Fifty Shades’ success has generated controversy over its poor writing rather than its BDSM erotica. Amazon.com has been flooded with hilarious, negative reviews like this one: "Characters 'murmur' 199 times, 'mutter' 49 times, and 'whisper' 195 times (doesn't anyone just talk?)"