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Editorial Reviews


"Fascinating examination of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy … Love Fifty Shades or hate it, this engaging and eclectic read has a little bit of something for everyone."
Publishers Weekly starred review

"Food for thought for readers eager to learn more about the series and the lifestyle it depicts."
Kirkus Reviews

"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."
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About the Author

Lori Perkins is a founder and former editorial director of erotica e-publisher Ravenous Romance, and has been a literary agent for 20 years. She is the author of The Insider's Guide to Getting an Agent (Writers Digest Books), and has edited 20 erotica anthologies and more than 100 erotic novels, as well as published erotica under a pseudonym.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop Books (November 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you haven't read Fifty Shades of Gray, this book will sure give you some input into it.
Trinity Blaico
Kirkus points out that many of the essays seem to be pre-written reflections on the authors' own work with a tiny mention of 50; that is definitely the case.
This is an excellent book that explores the nuances and complexities of BDSM, and its implications for gender, power struggles, and empowerment.

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Moore on January 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
As an author of erotica, I admit that my first response to the phenomenon of Fifty Shades of Grey was envy. Not necessarily, "Why her and not me?" More along the lines of, "Why her and not one of us?" Because, believe it or not, erotica authors existed before E.L. James and her fanfic of Stephanie Myers Twilight Series gobsmacked the world and created a niche even more irritating than "chicklit." That niche is "mommyporn."

I read Fifty Shades of Grey It's the story of a naïve virgin who falls helplessly in love with a young, gorgeous, billionaire who somewhat inexplicably falls equally hard for her. But he's a Dominant and she isn't particularly attracted to the world of BDSM. She's just attracted to him. Christian Grey needs to Dominate because he was abused as a child, first by his crack whore Mom and then by an adult female friend of his adoptive Mother. Anastasia Steele is compelled to submit to punishment because she's in love with Christian and his kink is Sadomasochism. He gives her hope, by deflowering her with vanilla sex, but he takes it away again by revealing that his desire is only ever truly slaked when he inflicts pain on his partner.

Here we have two situations that are considered no-no's in the world of erotica publishing. BDSM can be used to heal victims of abuse but it isn't (shall I say "wasn't"?) a popular plot line with editors. Similarly editors, in the main, prefer their submissive protagonists to be, if not eager, at least "horrified but thrilled" and not just plain horrified.

Finally, all the editors I've ever worked with like to buy well-written erotica, and Fifty Shades of Grey is not very well written.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marleen on November 21, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I received my copy from Smart Pop Books through NetGalley

Divided into six sections this book analyses the Fifty Shades of Grey books and phenomena from every conceivable angle. The literary merits and quality of the writing are discussed; the book is compared to and given its place in a long history of romantic and erotic literature; publishers comment on the randomness of the success this book achieved. Lawyers evaluate the content and the value of the contract Christian Grey wants Ana to sign and people who live the lifestyle comment on the way their BDSM relationship is described and Christian's mastery. Feminists tell us why these books are bad for the cause while other women tell us how and why these books empower us. I know I'm forgetting angles here, but I'm fairly sure that this book didn't leave a single one out.

To be honest, I was more interested in the factual analysis of the book than I was in the literary one. As far as the pro's and cons of the story, the way it is told, originality and literary merit are concerned, the authors in this book didn't say a lot, if anything, that I haven't said, thought or written myself (although it is of course always gratifying to see "professionals" agreeing with what you thought was an "amateur's" point of view).
I was far more fascinated with the things I learned about contracts, the thoughts and opinions of those involved in the BDSM life-style and discovering how fanfiction actually works.

Did I find a lot of new opinions in this book? Well no, I didn't. I found all the pro and con arguments I have read many times before again in these pages. But, it was nice to have them all together if only because it felt like taking part in a balanced debate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
The public is fickle: obsessive compulsive about keeping up with the current book du jour whether they like it or not, OR staying far away from the new genuine works of literary excellence. The range of response is wide. Teenagers gorged on the Harry Potter books, young women devoured the Twilight Saga books, and now the rage is to read all three of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy - announced today that the trilogy is now available in an expensive new hard cover edition. Magic, vampire/werewolves, sadomasochism/bondage. Take your pick.

Now to add to the obvious pre-publication that the movie version is on its way soon comes this book of fifty writers whose back grounds range from critics, to authors of romance novels, to purveyors of erotica, to practitioners of the BDSM (that is bondage/discipline/sadomasochism for the uninitiated) pastime, to writers of the entertainment industry in all forms. Some of the names of the contributors are known, others are not. Some of the articles are original in response to the book's concept and some are reprints. The fascinating aspect of this book (and one reason to consider reading it) is that it is a book entirely devoted to considerations about E.L. James' books and especially the theme of the books.

For those who have not read the trilogy (and it does take a certain degree of stamina and stomach to make it through the whole thing) FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is a trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism.
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