Would you read the new "Mommy porn" book '50 Shades of Grey'?
The past week, there's been a ton of buzz surrounding the recently released novel, 50 Shades of Grey by British author E.L. James. The book, which is No. 3 on Amazon's bestseller list, was labeled as "Mommy porn" by the New York Times, but from the looks of its success, that hasn't stopped mothers from buying it.
The premise of the novel was actually inspired by the popular series Twilight. James, formerly a television executive, originally used a fan fiction site to publish the book, which "reimagined the Bella and Edward love affair set in contemporary Seattle, Washington with Bella as the young college graduate virgin and Edward as the masterful billionaire with secret sexual predilections." Um, yeah…sounds interesting, right? Now, the original version has been split into a trilogy that includes 50 Shades of Grey and two sequels.
But the story isn't garnering attention because of its ties to Twilight. Instead, the main attraction is the novel's graphic depictions of sexual encounters and BDSM relationships. And since S&M is normally a taboo topic, people (especially suburban moms!) have been both taken aback and intrigued.
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In fact, reviews have ranged widely, with some calling the book "flawless" and others declaring it "poorly written" and "ridiculous." But one positive has stemmed from the book: women are apparently feeling much more comfortable with their sexuality since the novel's release.
"Women just feel like it's O.K. to read it," Lyss Sten, founder of Divamoms.com told the Times. "It's taboo for women to admit that they watch pornography, but for some reason it's O.K. to admit that they're reading this book."
I am not a fan of Twilight--but I am glad that this novel is making women feel like they can be open about their sexual curiosities--especially right now when women's sexuality seems to be constantly under attack! It's kind of amazing that an erotic novel made for females is gaining such traction (even if the plot line is ludicrous).
Would you ever read this book?
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