Fifty Shades of Grey has broken even more records in the UK.
Last week it sold 205,30 copies.
The sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed sold 132,174 copies and 115,086 copies respectively.
In total, £1.93 million was spent on 452,390 copies of the trilogy – more than was spent on the next 50 bestselling paperback novels of the week combined.
So what is it that is making this book so popular?
Branded “mommy” porn, it tells the story of wealthy business man (and part time sadist) Christian Grey, taking young and innocent Anastasia Steele on a whirlwind trip through erotic encounters, with the proverbial whips, chains and Bunsen burners.
I have to admit, I had a read a bit of the first book to see what the fuss was about.
I got as far as chapter ten before I switched off, moving on to something that was more appealing to me.
Women on the other hand seem to be flocking to this book. Many reviewers have not been kind, referring to the many instances of “Inner Goddess” or the fact Anastasia seems to “Shatter” in orgasm at the drop of a bullwhip, but it is not putting off the fans.
In the UK alone, E.L James has sold 765,000 copies within the first two months, along with 15 million copies in US and Canada.
Even working on £1 per book in commission, she is a wealthy woman.
The comparisons are being drawn to The DaVinci Code, another title which critics were not favourable about.
So who is right? Are critics making a mistake? Or are we preferring dumbed down books?
At a quick glance at the best selling kindle books in the UK, there are two erotic collections in the top 10. And the Fifty Shades Trilogy have been propping up the top 3 positions in the paid books for weeks now.
As I said in my previous post(If You LOVE Fifty Shades of Grey, You will Love this), there is going to be a glut of porn books for women.
Will it be an age defining book? Will we see a change in attitude?
Who knows! But I know what most men will be thinking….