Tuesday, May 15, 2012
"It started out as fan fiction and got so popular the author got a publishing deal."
On Twitter I asked why it is so popular and someone replied that it was Bella and Edward fan fiction. OOOOOHHHHH! Okay.
Since then I've been running into readers more and more. "It's like crack." Rachel from Parajunkee commented and so I attribute her to the title of this post. She is actually doing a read-along and while I'm not participating, I'm keeping up on her observations which are quite enjoyable.
People are all aflutter over this book, so I thought I'd list a few of my encounters with the "50 Shades" phenomenom.
1. I went to get my haircut and asked my hairdresser what she was reading (since it was sitting open and folded on her station and I couldn't see the front or back cover.)
She looks down. "It's trash."
I give her a questioning glance.
She flips it over to reveal 50 Shades of Grey.
2. Last weekend when I was in Pittsburgh, I found a huge Barnes and Noble. I went to the information desk to see if they had a horror section. A harried woman came rushing up. "Do you have 50 Shades of Grey? They didn't have it up front!" The employee reaches behind her and pulls a book from the cornucopia of Grey books they must have. Another woman in line exclaims that she wants her book club to read it.
Oh yeah, they had no horror section.
3. I was in the doctor's office making an appointment. The receptionist looks at the book I'm holding and her voice rises in excitment. "Is that 50 Shades of Grey."
I turn the book so she can see. "No. It's 'The Devil All the Time.'"
The receptionist told me that she and her daughter are reading it and discussing it.
"Any book that gets people talking especially if it opens up a dialogue between a mom and her child is great." I tell her.
The woman behind me in line pipes up. "I just finished the first two!"
4. This morning I came into work and my co-worker tells me that she is reading 50 Shades of Grey. I was surprised, okay shocked, because this is not the kind of book she would read. Our other co-worker lent it to her and brought it to work in a brown paper bag like contraband.
5. There are long Facebook threads about 50 Shades of Grey, debating the merits of the book and people defending themselves for reading it.
I probably won't read 50 Shades of Grey and therefore, I really can't judge it personally. The premise alone doesn't interest me and from what I've heard from others it's just not that well written. But hoorah to all the readers enjoying it.
What are your thoughts? How did you discover the 50 Shades trend and are you reading it? Why or why not? Are you running into people left and right talking about it?