It's even now officially the biggest selling book of all time. For serious. Smut sells.
However it's not a new idea and thus the reason for my blog post. I wanna tell you about the fact that 50 Shades isn't anything that new really. When I was about 15 my friends and I had a secret book group at school. It was the Secret Sidney Sheldon Book Club. I was given one to read by my mum (which is so weird considering the sex talk and description in it) and then lent it to a friend and then we were all hooked. We'd be found all reading copies before class and passing battered copies under the desk before lessons started. We couldn't believe people wrote stuff like that. It was addictive thriller/mystery type adventures with female Main Characters and there was ACTUAL sex in them. (Side note: I went to an all girls school so we had limited daily interaction with boys so these books were like gold dust)
I noticed one of my lovely blogger tweeters mentioning Sidney Sheldon last week and it was a major flashback and then something happened. Other bloggers and authors started replying back and forth with us all with their own '50 Shades' type books. It seems this isn't a new thing but maybe 50 Shades of Gray have just hit new heights compared to the the Jackie Collins and Sidney Sheldon books because of the kinkier nature to them. I don't know but even though I still refuse to read 50 Shades I can completely understand the addictive nature of them and why EVERYONE seems to be reading them. It's easy access taboo and smut and it's selling books in stores.
I don't really know where this post is going or what I'm trying to say really but it just made me smile remembering that even though everyone seems to be balled over by this new book series it's just THIS generation's lady smut (thanks to Keris for that term).
Fingers crossed it makes more people read ALL kinda books and helps the publishing industry grow and grow too