By this time, if you haven’t heard of it, you’re probably living under a rock somewhere. It’s been played in song by Ed Helm’s on the Spike Awards. It’s even been parodied on Saturday Night Live, the truest claim to fame ever. It’s the book that brought erotica out of the closet and into mainstream. No longer do women stash their steamy books in piles in their closet. As Mr. Helm’s says, we “let our freak flags fly!”
Why is this? How does a series bypass society’s standard norms and bust into acceptance? It’s doubtful anyone has the right answer, but it’s here, and by God, we love it.
Spawning the way for books like Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, readers are still going strong. The erotica genre will never be the same again.
Furthermore, E.L. James helps forge the way for indie authors. Earlier versions of Fifty Shades actually began as a Twilight fan story, before getting picked up by a publisher and becoming the popular series.
Hopefully, Hollywood’s big screen adaptation will live up to the Fifty level in August 2014. We’ll just have to wait and see.