E. L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has fascinated and seduced millions of readers. In bedrooms, in book clubs, and in the media, people can’t stop talking about it!
In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writersfrom romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionalscontinue the conversation.
Fifty Shades as Erotic Fiction
Erotic romance writer Sylvia Day speaks to the new opportunities the Fifty Shades trilogy has opened up for writers (and readers!) of erotica
Fifty Shades as Sexual Empowerment
Romance novelist Heather Graham praises the way the books encourage women to celebrate their own sexual shades of grey
Fifty Shades as Fanfiction
Editor Tish Beaty relates the process behind turning Twilight fanfic Master of the Universe into Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades as Pop Culture
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey author Andrew Shaffer compares Fifty Shades to sister-in-literary-scandal Peyton Place
Matrimonial lawyer Sherri Donovan examines the legalities of Christian’s contract
Master R of BDSM training chateau La Domaine Esemar evaluates Christian Grey’s skill as a Dominant (and offers some professional advice)
And a whole lot more!
Whether you loved Fifty Shades of Grey, or just want to know why everyone else does, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey is the book for you.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Dr. Hilda Hutcherson
Dr. Logan Levkoff
Chris Marks and Lia Leto
Dr. Katherine Ramsland
In this fascinating examination of E.L. James s Fifty Shades trilogy, edited by literary agent Perkins, 50 writers including erotica and erotic romance authors, a matrimonial lawyer, an English professor, and BDSM practitioners analyze the novel s game-changing effect on the publishing world. Divided into seven sections writing, romance, erotic fiction, sex, BDSM, fan fiction, and pop culture, along with a hilarious parody of the story in an intermission and an appendix with a suggested reading list the book thoughtfully dissects the various aspects of the bestseller. Essayists credit a perfect storm of factors for James s success: among them, the rise of e-readers and e-book publishers such as Ellora s Cave, which allow women to buy and read erotica without embarrassment, and the viral nature of the Internet and fan fiction. The novel forced the traditional publishing industry to accept that women have always enjoyed erotic romance, notes literary agent Louise Fury. The subject certainly inspires passion in its contributors: several praise the book for giving women permission to be sexual beings, while others castigate James for promulgating abuse and stalker behavior, and others examine hero Christian Grey in the context of Byronic heroes. Love Fifty Shades or hate it, this engaging and eclectic read has a little bit of something for everyone.