Women Everywhere are Going Gaga for "Fifty Shades of Grey"

   By drodriguez  Mar 19, 2012

Whether you love it or hate it, Fifty Shades of Grey by new author E.L. James is what every woman is talking about. A recent New York Times report describes the viral effect the first installment of this trilogy (dubbed "mommy porn") has had on women.  As women snatch up copies wherever they can find them, local book sellers have had a hard time keeping it on the shelf.

From Facebook pages to whispers between moms at school drop-off, Fifty Shades of Grey has found its fan base almost entirely through word-of-mouth. And if you take a peek at the comments from people who have purchased the book from sites like Amazon, it is obvious that James’ erotic tale generally elicits one of two emotions from its readers; either an extremely positive gushing review or a passionate hatred for the book.

One reader, Meg Lazarus, who found fault with the book is quoted in the New York Times as saying, “What I found fascinating is that there are all these supermotivated, smart, educated women saying this was like the greatest thing they’ve ever read. I don’t get it. There’s a lot of violence, and this guy is abhorrent sometimes.”

While other women like the way the book made them feel. Founder of DivaMoms.com and fan of the book, Lyss Stern, explains how the book has helped her and other women she knows. Stern says, “It’s relighting a fire under a lot of marriages. I think it makes you feel sexy again, reading the books.”

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MadHatter by MadHatter | Whitestone , NY
Jul 13, 2012

This is probably the first time I have ever heard of the book. I had to do an AMAZON search on it, and the reviews are comical to say the least. I will not be reading nor buying this book due to the low reviews and as many reviews from people who have read the book, its seems as though the author is extremely repetitive with the choice of their words and actions. I already had a hard time reading the Twilight Saga...but to have this book compared and rated worst the Twilight...that got me steering clear away...

jemappel by jemappel | Rye Brook, NY
Apr 27, 2012

I started reading the first book because there was so much chatter about it...i don't get what all the hype is about. The S&M doesn't bother me one way or another...I just don't find it erotic and the characters aren't compelling to me.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Mar 20, 2012

I've heard of it. Making media here. Looked for it in library since ours is always on trend with new books, not in collection.

heylaydee by heylaydee | Scio, OR
Mar 20, 2012

After the GMA piece and the blast on FB I too had to get the book. It is a fun read. Whipped through the first two books in couple of days. I am saving the last for a nice rainy weekend. :)

spark5 by spark5 | PITTSBURGH, PA
Mar 20, 2012

@SimplyDavia - that's what happened to me to. Because of Dr. Drew, I searched for the book and bought it!

lillamissa by lillamissa | Hebron, KY
Mar 20, 2012

I haven't read the book, but I have heard some of the buzz around the book and want to read it... I just have to find time in my schedule!

mimipenny by mimipenny | FAIRMONT, WV
Mar 19, 2012

I have not readit yet, but after reading his blog and the reviews I must give it a read. I can't wait to see what all the buzz is about.

SimplyDavia by SimplyDavia | HUNTSVILLE, AL
Mar 19, 2012

I am soooo hooked now that I saw/watch Dr. Drew complaining about it. I went the next day and bought it... It's a fantastic well written erotica and it was hard to put down!!

spark5 by spark5 | PITTSBURGH, PA
Mar 19, 2012

I can definitely see how it's polarizing. Even Dr. Drew was discussing it on his show - he was ranting about it but his women guests were raving about it. I was hooked & give it a rave.

sherrybaby by sherrybaby | wilmington, DE
Mar 19, 2012

I have not heard of this book. Strange to see such completely different reactions to it.