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"Food for thought for readers eager to learn more about the series and the lifestyle it depicts."
"Written by some of my heroes in the industry, including Judith Regan, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, Sylvia Day and forty-six others, it offers a way to understand [Fifty Shades'] popularity and appreciate its impact."
—ForeWord Reviews staff pick
"For fans of the trilogy and readers who enjoy erotica and erotic romance novels, and for those interested in pop culture."
Introduction: Fifty Ways to Look at Fifty Shades Lori Perkins 1
Fifty Shades of Erotic Fiction
Between the Covers M.J. Rose 7
This Is the Story Tiffany Reisz 13
The Game Changer M.Christian 17
Fifty Shades of Change Louise Fury 21
The Brown Paper Bag Sylvia Day 27
Labels, Schmabels, I'll Take the Publicity! Lucy Felthouse 31
Porn Writer on the PTA Rachel Kenley 37
Is Fifty Shades Erotica? D. L. King 43
Fifty Shades of Romance
It's All in the Eyes Marci Hirsch 53
The Byronie Hero Archetype and Christian Grey Jennifer Sanzo 57
Grey Is the New Black Katharine Sands 67
Because Love Hurts Hope Tarr, PhD 73
Every Breath You Take Jennifer Armintrout 81
Fifty Shades of Play Judith Regan 93
Fifty Shades of Sex
Forbidden Fruit Is the Sweetest Suzan Colon 101
Fifty Ways of Looking at Sex in Fifty Shades Dr. Hilda Hutcherson 109
The McDonald's of Lust Lois Gresh 115
Crass Is in Session Rakesh Satyal 121
Sexual Empowerment at the Water Cooler Selina Fire 127
Fifty Shades of Women Heather Graham 133
Fifty Shades of Snark Midori 137
Fifty Shades of BDSM
Kink and Condescension Rachel Kramer Bussel 145
A Queer Leather Reluctant Support of Fifty Shades Sassafras Lowrey 153
The History of BDSM Fiction and Romance Sarah S. G. Frantz 159
The Legal Bonding of Anastasia and Christian Sherri Donovan 173
Wanted: Fifty Shades of Sexual Wholeness Debra Hyde 185
A Requested Evaluation of the Mastery of Christian Grey Master R 193
The Collar of Blue Stones Pamela Madsen 205
Being Stretched Dr. Katherine Ramsland 213
Whose Shades of Grey? Sinnamon Love 221
A BDSM Couple's View ChrisMarks Lia Leto 227
Fifty Shades of Sexual Freedom Susan Wright 237
Fifty Shades of Writing
The Delicate Balance Ryan Field 245
Was It Good for You? Catherine Hitter 253
The Story Is in the Sex Joy Daniels 259
Sexually Positive Stacey Agdern 267
My Inner Goddess Megan Frampton 273
Fifty Shades of Holy Crap! Laura Antoniou 281
Fifty Shades of Fanfiction
Fifty Shades of Stories Cecilia Tan 293
Editing Fifty Tish Beaty 299
Throwing Shade Mala Bhattacharjee 305
When Fifty Was Fic Anne Jamison 311
Fifty Shades of Pop Culture
Fifty Shades Is Where You Find It Marc Shapiro 325
How I Lost Christian Grey at Auction Editor X 329
Making Fifty Shades into Cinema Angela Edwards 333
Fifty Shades of Grace Metalious Andrew Shaffer 339
Fifty Shades of Diva Frenzy! Lyss Stern 347
Imagining a Black Fifty Shades Arielle Loren 351
The Professional Poster Child Dr. Logan Levkoff 357
Raising the Shades Melissa Febos 363
Appendix: Fifty Shades of Reading 369
About the Editor 373
Posted December 6, 2012
This book tries to be everything, and ends up being nothing. Parts try to be critical examinations of the book and its effects on women, sex, and reading, parts try to examine the pop culture effects, parts are parodies, parts are little more than people who were involved with 50 stroking their own egos. What exactly did the editors think would be added by an account of how a website owner threw a swanky dinner party for James?) I was particularly interested to read from the editor of 50: the book is well known as an editorial mess, so I was curious what she had to say. Unsurprisingly, her piece read like an 8 year-old's account of "how I spent my summer." No skill in the writing, and nothing that anyone who hadn't read the news wouldn't already know.
Overall, this book is a huge disappointment. It had the potential to be an interesting piece, but in getting 50 essays, it simply reached too far and ultimately covers no base adequately.
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Posted December 12, 2012
This book is a collection of thoughts from fifty erotica writers, and their take on E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy.
Though the way they told their stories were different from each other, all fifty erotic romance writers share the same trail of thoughts: E.L. James’ hugely popular Fifty Shades trilogy widened the avenue for erotic romance novels to seek out audiences.
This book is informative and insightful. It narrated the story of fifty erotica writers way before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy became such a hit. This book presented their struggles and their initial brush with erotic romances which ultimately spurred their love for the genre. They also openly shared their experiences on meeting people who were a little too uncomfortable about erotic novels, and how the Fifty Shades trilogy became a game-changer.
Some of the writers also discussed Christian Grey, the world’s most favorite sadist, and why he is adored by millions. They also provided their input on why characters like him were a huge hit with the readers world-wide.
Aside from bringing spotlight to a largely frowned upon erotica genre, the Fifty Shades trilogy also revolutionized the publishing industry through its effective use of e-publishing and social media. And through this book, fifty writers explained just how much of an innovation was caused by one “mommy porn” book which was frowned upon and sneered at first, but ultimately sold millions of copies world-wide.
Also, some writers in this book – mostly women – attributed the success of the Fifty Shades trilogy due to the sexual awakening of women around the world. It’s a repercussion of many women’s unexpressed opinions, views and fantasies about sex and sensuality. Perhaps, it could be because many women are more open to the discussion of sex today as compared before.
If you’re expecting to read a collection of fifty erotic short stories, then you’d be hugely disappointed. This book is not it.
I guess, the thing is, although this book was banking on the popularity of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy, this book is vastly different. It is an expression of the story and struggles of fifty erotica writers.
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Posted February 26, 2013
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