The success of Fifty Shades of Grey is the very definition of viral marketing. A book that was originally self-published as an eBook and a print-on-demand paperback, it somehow caught the imagination of women everywhere and it's said that a copy now sells every sixty seconds. Amazing. There are three books in the series and they are numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the New York Times best seller list, and have been for months.
I have three words for this phenomenon: WTF??
I mean really...have you read this thing?
Jessica Reaves of the Chicago Tribune) it seems to be immune to criticism of any kind (because it's made a boatload of money?), and as an author it's probably bad form to say this (you know that won't stop me), but it's crap. I don't mind the concept of it or the genre of eroticism itself, but something that's selling like the latest iPad release should at least be...well, good.
Fifty Shades of Grey is not good. That's not hurting sales in the least. It doesn't seem to matter that the writing stinks, the characters are unappealing and not engaging, the storyline is non-existent and, worst of all, the sex isn't even good, just lots of murmuring and moaning and gasping, and heartbeats quickening and racing. Kinda trite. At least be original.
The protagonist, Anastasia Steele, is a 21 year old virgin, and the narrative (told from her point of view) is sprinkled with lots of italics: holy crap! holy fuck! holy shit! jeez! and so on. And her inner goddess talks to her, and does "merengue with some salsa moves." Need I say more?
Now, you can't argue with that kind of success - it's phenomenal - and good for E.L. James. She seems as amazed by this as everyone else. But seriously...what are you people thinking?
Whatever it is, could you please redirect it to my book? And when mine becomes a runaway best seller it won't bother me a bit when E.L. James trashes it on her blog.
Meanwhile, if you want to experience a little bit of the story this is the best way to do it: