What a kerfuffle there is at the moment about that rude book, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’!
Have you read it? One of my friends has told me not to bother (“it’s a load of rubbish”), another couldn’t put it down and “didn’t think such things were possible” (not that she couldn’t put a book down – some of the contents! Keep up, please).
What I find really interesting is that the series of 3 books (by a British author, note!) have become the fastest-selling novels of all time (beating Harry Potter!) and they’ve apparently created a new literary genre: ‘Mummy P***’ (horrible name! I can’t even bring myself to type it in full).
I remember reading somewhere that if you can produce a book that creates a new genre, you’ve made it BIG! Think ‘Bridget Jones’ which started ‘Chick-Lit’ and Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code which produced a host of copy-cat ‘Holy Grail Lit’ novels – and of course, the Twilight series and ‘Vampire Lit’. (I have just made up the names of those last two ‘Lit’ types by the way, but you get the idea).
The background to the books is really interesting too. Author E.L James was one of those ladies-of-a-certain-age who love the Twilight vampire series (by Stephenie Meyer aimed at teenagers but which have ‘crossed over’ and become adult reads too). Disappointed by the lack of rumpy-pumpy in Twilight (because they are, after all, teenage books), she started to write ‘Fan Fiction’ and posted it on-line, imagining saucy scenes between Edward (the vampire) and Bella (his girlfriend).
And the rest, as they say, is history. And an awful lot of money.
Anyway, Take A Break’s ‘You’re Telling Us’ £60 question this week is about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, so if you’ve read any of the books or have an opinion on them, you might want to post a comment on their Facebook page here. Or, send an email to
This is what TAB are looking for: Fifty Shades detail the romantic and sexual exploits of handsome, rich, troubled Christian Grey and his wide-eyed, beautiful and inexperienced lover Anastasia Steele.
Here at Take a Break we can’t decide whether they’re a bit of harmless fun or just too rude to read?
Have any of you read them? Have they made a difference to your love life? What does your partner think? And would you dare read them on the bus, in full view of everyone?
If they publish your comment in the magazine, you’ll receive £60 but remember that they’ll want your name and photo so you might want to think carefully before (for example!) you tell the whole world how they’ve ‘changed your sex life forever’ or that you ‘never knew spanking could be such fun’.
Tomorrow I’m going to be giving away a book about writing – so come back soon!