Now Read This! 50 Shades of Satire

The spoofs of E. L. James have been coming hard and fast: 50 Shades of Gay…50 Shades of Black and Blue…even 50 Shames of Earl Grey. But last week I received a knockoff with a difference: Tucked inside my review copy of The Secret Life of a Submissive by Sarah K was a silken cord of the variety not intended for home repairs. Yup, publisher HarperCollins had sent this suburban blogger a sex toy. This isn’t the first time a …

Porn or Romance? Steamy Bestseller Sparked by Midlife Crisis

Whether you dismiss it as “mommy porn,” criticize it as demeaning to women, or maintain that it’s just harmless sexual fantasy fiction, the wildly popular erotic trilogy ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is the result of one woman’s midlife crisis. British first-time author E L James recently said she has been “amazed” by the global success of her books, which first garnered e-book fans by word of mouth, then last month became a New York Times and Amazon.com best-seller, and recently …