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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody

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by Fanny Merkin

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Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking


Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

Editorial Reviews

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VH1.com, 8/24/12
“Kind of the perfect beach read for the end of summer and the end of your obsession.”

Alternative Press, October 2012
“An LOL parody of that creepy book your aunts have been tryin’ to get your mom to read.”

Bookviews blog, September 2012

“It probably helps if you read James’ book, but it doesn’t matter because Shaffer’s is a madcap piece of fun.”

Seattle Times
, 9/16/12

“Perhaps the greatest homage.”

“Just what the doctor ordered for fans of the uber-successful trilogy…Laugh-out-loud funny…Such a fun read.”

Sacramento Book Review, October 2012
“Broad enough to appeal to people that have never read Fifty Shades…Funny, but also thoughtful. There is some great social commentary hiding between the words.”

Book Review, 9/21/12
“A ridiculously funny parody…This book may make you laugh until you cry.”

Paul Bogaards in the New York Times
“Erotica is hard. . . . Comedy is harder. If anyone can pull this off, it’s Andrew Shaffer.”

Valerie Frankel, author of Four of a Kind
“Nose picking, vagina scarf tricks, and erect space needles. What more can you ask of an erotic novel?”

Diana Rodriguez Wallach, author of Adios to All the Drama
“[Fanny Merkin is] the Weird Al of erotica.”

PW Show Daily, 6/6/12
“It had to happen: a parody of the bestselling 50 Shades of Grey. And who better to pull it off than author Andrew Shaffer.”

Publishers Weekly, 7/9/12“Laugh out loud…If you are looking for a funny book to share with friends, look no further…If Austin Powers and Ace Ventura had a love child, it would be Earl Grey.”

Kirkus Reviews, August 2012
“[Shaffer] skewers both E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight in his debut novel.”

Blogcritics.org, 7/28/12

The Daily Beast, 8/09/12“At first glance, some of us might be dumb enough to think Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is just another clone of the original successful series and buy it for that reason alone. Others will howl at the witty ploys Fifty Shames evokes to poke fun at E.L. James’s series.”

Cedar Rapids Gazette, 8/12/12
“[Shaffer] steeps the trilogy’s signature elements in a boiling pot of wacky water, straining it into a brew that slides warmly down your throat, only to bubble back up in spurts of laughter.”

Hudson Valley News
“Give this one to someone who’s read Fifty Shades of Grey.”

National Post (Canada), 8/11/12“We’re giggling as we read Fifty Shames of Earl Grey…It’s hackneyed, glib, goofy and LOL ridiculous but even so, like all of Weird Al’s shtick, it’s still better than the original.”

New York Post,8/19/12
“Shaffer skewers the S&M god of the original.”

CNBC.com, 8/23/12

“The funniest take on a best seller since Harvard Lampoon’s Bored of the Rings.”

“Shaffer persuades his readers to notice the flaws in our current society. He challenges us to question who we are idolizing and what the effects of such adoration could be…Shaffer’s writing is fast-paced, fresh, and entertaining…[It] will have you giggling until the conclusion.”

Bookriot.com, 8/1/12
“There is SO MUCH FUNNY!...Folks who read Fifty Shades will recognize that Shaffer’s plot loosely follows the same plot that dragged Ana and Christian along, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had here if you haven’t read that awful novel.”

The Hollywood Reporter
, 8/09/12

“Unlike so many Fifty Shades parodies that are no more than quickie one-joke cheap ebooks, Earl Grey is a complete book from a traditional publisher. This is a full-length and thought-out piece of work…[Schaffer] captures the rhythms of the original but exaggerates E.L. James' literary ticks to great effect…Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is the literary equivalent of a good Saturday Night Live skit and the perfect gag gift for anyone a little to obsessed (pro or con) with Fifty Shades.”

Kirkus Reviews
Can a young, preternaturally successful corporate executive overcome his 50 shameful secrets to find true love? Andrew Shaffer (Great Philosophers who Failed at Love, 2011), writing as Merkin, skewers both E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight in his debut novel. Both series are certainly ripe for parody, yet Shaffer misses a real opportunity by indulging in easy, crude jokes, rather than incisive satire. Shaffer's Anna Steal, like James' Anastasia Steele and Meyer's Bella Swan, suffers from a relentless interior monologue. Unfortunately, she offers little in the way of thought or advice, but instead wonders how elevators work and gulps in awe of Mr. Grey. Anna meets Grey while interviewing him for Boardroom Hotties, the magazine her too-often-hung-over roommate writes for, and the attraction is instantaneous. Grey quickly seeks to acquire Anna, dazzling her with his wealth by purchasing Wal-Mart just to give her the afternoon off for a date, buying Washington State University just to relieve her of taking tests, flying her about in his fighter jets and helicopters, ordering two of everything on the room-service menu, and whisking her away to a private island. Yet Grey has "dangerous" secrets. Unlike Edward Cullen, who was a lethal vampire, or Christian Grey, who sought the perfect submissive for his domination, Earl Grey indulges in rather tame danger. His secrets include a fondness for spanking, swimming in silver thongs, dressing up as an elf, and decorating with black velvet paintings. Warning Anna about his kinky sexuality, he introduces her to his Room of Doom, where they play Bards, Dragons, Sorcery and Magick. More a Master of Dungeons and Dragons than BDSM, Grey shocks Anna not with his deviance but his self-delusions. Anna may learn to laugh with, instead of at, Grey, but the constant lampooning leaves the reader numb.

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"Erotica is hard. Comedy is harder. If anyone can pull this off, it's Andrew Shaffer." —-Paul Bogaards, publicist for E. L. James

Meet the Author

Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer) is known for causing trouble via his Twitter alter egos, @evilwylie, @andrewtshaffer, and @EmperorFranzen. He reviews romance, erotica, and women’s fiction for RT Book Reviews magazine; his own writing has appeared in many publications including Mental Floss and Maxim. Shaffer is the founder and creative director of Order of St. Nick greeting cards.


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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
AngelaCarr More than 1 year ago
Delightfully, a job well done. This is my first read from Fanny Merkin AKA Andrew Shaffer and my first parody book. I must say it was definitely entertaining and a great fun book to read. Mr. Shaffer had written a wonderful parody of Fifty Shades series, if you did not already know. It covered most memorable points of the original story. From the airhead heroine and her “inner guidette”, the bazillionaire hero and his obsession with BDSM, friends, maternal/paternal history of the H/h, certain obsessions down to the romance bit. The striking similarities had me craving for the original Mr. Grey but the inside jokes had me laughing at the absurdity of all the extremes about him, among everything else. This book definitely had me LMFAO from cover to cover. There is a couple of things you need to pay attention to that I missed until I scan through the book the second time. I listed a few that I thought are easy to miss. Please note that there may be some spoilers to this list: 1. Pay attention to the cover, specifically to the hand gesture (this is called a shocker). 2a.The names of the characters and the references to Fifty Shades and Twilight Books 2b.References to family backgrounds, companies mentioned (Jin’s job history) 3. The List of 50 Shames 4. The Index 5. Acknowledgements I recommend this book anyone who is familiar with the Fifty Shades series or you will miss a lot of the “inside jokes” that had me laughing. I also have to warn you that there are plenty of PUN intentions but I advise an open mind and accept this book for what it is. If you can do that, Fifty Shades fan or not, you will enjoy this book. With any popular or hyped up subject such as song, book, movies, political issues etc, there will always be a parody, IMO. Mr. Shaffer did just that and delightfully, a job well done. *Print ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for honest review.
Myzeri More than 1 year ago
Laugh out loud funny! I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend the money on this book or not, thinking it might not be as funny as it sounded. It was funnier. I don't generally burst out loud laughing while reading but this one really got me going. My husband kept asking me what was so funny, but I tthink those who read the Fifty Shades trilogy will appreciate if, even if they were a little shocked or critical about the writing style. Fifty Shames hit the target dead center. I really enjoyed it, obvs.
Minnie_Medina More than 1 year ago
Okay so I haven't read the original book Fifty Shades of Grey (sue me) but this was a hilarious book. I was laughing so hard that even my children were looking me funny. I LOVE a good laugh. This book was like reading "Scary Movie". Lots of movie star mentions and other assorted trademarks. I just couldn't get past the stalker-ish nature of Mr. Grey. I mean for real? A whole company so he could take her for a coffee across the street in a HELICOPTER!? Then her condo and the cameras and the background and... you get my point. *shudders* Aaanyways. I think the heroine was kind of Bella-ish... But even all that didn't make it a bad book. It was a good read...(hear?...I got the audio) and I can't wait for the next book. I just don't think I'll be able to read the original if it's that stalker-ish.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Review: "Fifty Shames of Earl Grey" by Fanny Merkin and Andrew Shaffer was some interesting read that truly kept me laughing all the way through this hilarious novel. This was a definitely a story that I was found wondering just what craziness this author(s) would bring on next. Wow! It is my understanding that this is a parody in that these authors spoof of the very popular 50 Shades of Grey...where Mr. Earl Gray..was a corporate tycoon..a rich guy, that could buy anything..had his own secrets or his "Fifty Shames." Then there is Anna Steal, a naive college student and Walmart cashier who meets Earl Grey..well this is where I say you must pick up this read.."Fifty Shames of Earl Grey" and just maybe you will be smiling at some on this funny read. I know many will say this is a ridiculous read but just remember this is a parody and it is supposed to be funny..sort of like 'Airplane and Naked Gun.' These authors did a good job of taking these of the original book and completely creating other scenarios and these could only put a smile on your face. If you are looking for a good novel that pokes fun in all the right places then pick up "Fifty Shames of Earl Grey" for I would recommend to you as a good read.
valesbookshelf More than 1 year ago
It definetly has its funny parts, but for the most part, much of the humor just wasnt MY cup of tea Full review below: http://valesbookshelf.blogspot.com/2015/07/review-fifty-shames-of-earl-grey-by.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So fun and funny! Mr. Shaffer hit the mark with this terrific parody of FSOG. Lots of grins, smiles, giggles, smirks and outright belly laughs - by the time I finished the book, my cheeks hurt. You really need to read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Somethings are really funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first chapter had me laughing all night! But after that, the humor got old and tiresome. Just a bunch of the same things over and over again. The concept was great, mimicking the overhyped fandom of the 50 shades series. But, I would have liked to have a bit more depth to this parody. 
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If you're looking for a light read to follow the 50 shades series, this may do the trick. Total parody.
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I knew I had a good chance of liking this since I hated the fifty shades books (some of the worst books I've ever read or attempted to read). This book is fun. The special irony being that it's so much better written than the book it parodies
LoribugLY More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. From the first page I was laughing out loud! After reading the "Fifty shade trio" I was ready for something light & easy reading. This is the perfect book for relaxing & laughing you ass off! Share Share Share!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not able to get into the story.
bookfreak37 More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing! I saw this book and just had to pick it up. It is one of my favorite parodies ever. Fanny Merkin aka Andrew Shaffer did so a great job with this book. Especially incorperating the fact that 50 Shades of Grey was a parody of Twilight. I don't think I have laughed so much while reading a book before. It was just so entertaining. I personaly hated the original 50 shades of Grey I tried reading part of that and couldn't even finish it. So when I saw that there was a parody I had to pick it up because I parody had to be so much better than the original especially since it's not done by E.L. James and it's edited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally I think its better than 50 shades of grey which I couldnt read. It bored the crap out of me and the writer writes like she's in middle school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That... is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me...
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This is the second result. >.<
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