When I was asked to participate in the book "Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey" edited by Lori Perkins, I jumped at the opportunity to do it. I had just finished releasing "Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street," and I'd done a great deal of research about BDSM erotic romance.
The Fifty Shades erotic romance series by E.L. James inspired me in more ways than one. First, because I'd never done a full length novel that included BDSM until I read FSoG, and second, because I've been stunned by the reactions to FSoG since I discovered it last winter through a scathing book review. I posted about this last winter, and the scathing review is what actually promoted me to buy the book.
And I liked it. I posted about that here before "Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey," was even a concept.
But after doing my research for my own book with BDSM, I grew to understand why there were so many scathing reviews and why so many who know the BDSM market so well didn't like FSoG. It took me a while, but I "got" it. I still love the book, but now I understand why some didn't. And I believe the reasons why I loved FSoG are the same reasons why the mainstream fell in love with it and turned it into such a huge book. I tried to make this my main point in the essay I wrote for FWoFSoG.
I think "Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey" is going to be a fascinating book where we get opinions from all sides about FSoG. Here's a link to an Amazon page where it can be pre-ordered, and below is the product information taken from that page. I will post a cover image and more when I get more details.
Can’t get enough of Fifty Shades of Grey?
Fifty Shades of Grey has gone from underground e-book sensation to runaway mainstream bestseller—it’s the book everyone is talking about.
Now, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey extends the conversation women (and men!) are having across the country. The perfect panel of insiders—from the editor who first “discovered” Fifty Shades of Grey, to BDSM experts, to erotic fiction authors, romance authors, and a whole lot more—takes you deeper into the trilogy that has captured the imaginations of so many.
From the books’ sexual politics and its fanfiction origins to what sets it apart from other erotic fiction and romance (and what doesn’t), everything you ever wanted to know about Fifty Shades of Grey is right here.
Whether you loved Fifty Shades of Grey, or just want to know why everyone else does, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey is the book for you!
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Dr. Hilda Hutcherson
Dr. Logan Levkoff
ChrisMarks and Lia Leto
Dr. Katherine Ramsland