STOP THE PRESSES!
Have you ladies been paying attention to all the hoopla surrounding our beloved “Master of the Universe” (MOTU) Twilight Fanfiction turned book, Fifty Shades of Grey? Not only is Fifty Shades currently #27 on the New York Times Bestseller list, but hard copies are sold out on Amazon.com! This sell out is likely due to an entire segment dedicated to the book on the TODAY SHOW (OMG!) on Friday, which talked about how Fifty Shades is all the rage among book clubs across the nation. Now I don’t know about you girls, but I definitely feel a very strong sense of vindication that I wasn’t just living in la la land a year and a half ago when we all read MOTU. I always knew we were on to something special and that it was WAY too good to be held down in the Fanfiction world. And to see the book blow up seemingly overnight like it has, well, it makes me very proud and excited for Icy…er,E.L. James -- the author.
I saw this one article on The Globe and Mail that claims a “hoard of Manhattan socialites” started the frenzy by having some big celebration for the launch of the 3rd book in the Fifty Shades trilogy. From there, word spread like wildfire and desperate housewives the world over are clamoring for their Fifty.
Didn’t Pop Culture Junkie start the very first (just go with it) book club dedicated to Fifty waaaay back in September 2010? Yes, we did. We started a book club for Fanfiction…and it was one of the happiest times of my life. Ha! Not to mention, thanks to all the sexy time I was having at home due to the uber erotic reading I was consuming, I came down with a mad case of the pregnancies! Yes, Fifty doesn’t only get Bella, I MEAN Anastasia pregnant, he got me pregnant too…in a roundabout way.
I know I’ve been the worst blogger ever since having a baby 7 months ago, but with all this buzz over Fifty Shades taking place, I felt I had to git back in the game! We need to help fan the flames and spread the lurv for Fifty.
Pop Culture Junkie and Fifty Shades author go way back
And oh by the way, isn’t it fun to sort of say you knew someone before they were famous? So as the books grow in popularity, so will E.L. James. When reading something this compelling, people’s curiosity about the author naturally grows. How does she know so much about BDSM? Has she done this stuff? Is she a desperate housewife herself? Is she some sex kitten essentially penning her own life experiences for the world to salivate over? I had all the same questions and I had to know the answers to them all. I had to talk to the author.
See podcast dedicated to Fifty and our first plea to interview Icy/E.L. James!
After tweeting Icy/E.L. James’ brains out for months on end begging her to do a podcast interview with me and my co-anchor Bulletsucker, she finally caved in and Skyped with us from across the pond. We were talking to Fifty’s maker and it was so much fun! If you missed them or want to relive the good times, check out the 5-part interview series here. We talked publishing MOTU literally days before Icy announced she was officially getting published!
In looking back over PCJ blogs, we have over 25 blog posts dedicated to Fifty Shades/MOTU. If you’re totally obsessed with Fifty and need to get your fix over anything ever written about it - or yummy photoshopped pics of Robert Pattinson as Fifty dominating his Anastasia, check out all Fifty blogs here.
And finally, since this book series is on fiyah right now, I’m feeling all excited to re-read the story and relive my Fifty love all over again! Who’s with meh? Full disclosure; I haven’t actually read the book Fifty Shades of Grey yet, only MOTU. So it’s kind of like reading a new book with new characters and stuff, which makes it exciting. Alright girls, grab your copy of Fifty Shades of Grey and git readin’! Let’s come back for a virtual discussion in the coming weeks.
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