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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody Paperback – July 31, 2012
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“Erotica is hard. . . . Comedy is harder. If anyone can pull this off, it’s Andrew Shaffer.”
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“Nose picking, vagina scarf tricks, and erect space needles. What more can you ask of an erotic novel?”
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“[Fanny Merkin is] the Weird Al of erotica.”
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With that kind of hoopla and a big fat movie deal in the works, you knew it just a matter of time before the spin-offs and spoofs started, didn't you? A book with characters *borrowed* from another best-selling series is just begging to have the tables turned on it (I would so love to see what the folks from the old Carol Burnett show could do with this material). There's a lengthy list of spoofs already on the market, but the one I wanted to get my hands on was Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin AKA Andrew Shaffer (a big thanks to the kind folks at Net Galley and Perseus Books Group, Da Capo Press for giving me the chance to read this).
Anywho, the *lovers* this time around are (Bella) (Ana) Anna Steal and (Edward) (Christian) Earl Grey. (Bella) (Ana) Anna is still the klutzy college student and (Edward) (Christian) Earl Grey the gazillionaire business man. Instead of being fifty shades of messed up, (Edward) (Christian) Earl's got a list of fifty shames, including shopping at Wal-Mart on Saturdays and a bizarre fascination with Tom Cruise and his older movies (lol).Read more ›
Ostensibly, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is a parody of the best-selling trilogy beginning with Fifty Shades of Grey. Fifty Shames stars Anna Steal and Earl Grey, a Walmart cashier and billionaire tycoon respectively who meet and inexplicably fall in love. Anna is dumb as a post and Grey -- well, Grey has his 50 shames, which he believes isolate him from the rest of the world.
Shaffer has filled the book with obvious plays on the book, but as someone who did no more than skim the story when it was in its original form as a Twilight fan fiction, I can assure you that you'll still find the book funny without it. More than a simple parody, it skewers American culture and the associated cult of idiocy that appears to have led to what most have admitted is a poorly written book sitting atop the best-seller charts for months.
I'm hard to please when it comes to comedy, but found myself laughing out loud frequently when reading Fifty Shames of Earl Grey . Shaffers's wit draws from pop culture far beyond the novels he's meant to be parodying, and the intelligence behind the gags and the research behind some of the plot points (I really don't want to spoil anything for potential readers) surprised me for a book written so quickly to take advantage of the other books' press.
Here's hoping Shaffer has a long career ahead of him in parody and satire, this generation's Jonathan Swift.
This review appeared previously on Goodreads.
I have rolled my eyes frequently at any mention of 50 Shades; I have heard enough about the horrendous writing of the author to not even bother wasting my time reading it. There is plenty of good erotica out there by competent writers, so why bother with her? That said, however, 50 Shades certainly brings out the best in parody writing. This book had me falling about laughing. If you have a sense of humour in the slightest, it'll have you laughing too.
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It's a parody. There's no character development or depth, and the plot is predictable and unpredictable in the worst ways but it will make you laugh.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
According to other's reviews, was expecting a hilarious parody of 50 shades.
Unfortunately, it was a let down, and , at best, minimally amusing. Read more
This book is more entertaining and sexy than 50shades. I find myself giggling so hard I wake up my fiancé.Published 8 months ago by Ang
a must have!! I couldn't stop laughing! would recommend to everyone. I received it on time and couldn't wait to crack it open after all the great reviews about it.Published 11 months ago by brenda paz
This was so hard to try and follow. Its like you start out in the middle of a story already.Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth
Super funny! I watched the fifty shades of grey movie and then read the book and loved it (never read the original book, still got all the jokes)Published 13 months ago by catherine
Ah it had its funny parts but it also had some that were just crude >.>Published 13 months ago by Valeria Navarro