Bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James qualified as "mummy porn" fiction has been selling like hot cakes even though, or precisely perhaps because the writing is simplistic. If not everyone is convinced by the literary qualities of the trio of novels, everyone agrees that its author has managed to secure considerable financial success which is on its way to becoming even more tangible...
The Hollywood Reporter states that,
"E.L. James and her agent Val Hoskins selected UK-based Caroline Mickler Ltd. to be the global licensing agent for merchandise based on the best-selling trilogy.
Mickler is considering Fifty Shades-based lingerie/sleepwear, apparel, fragrances, beauty products, bedding, home furnishings, and stationery, jewelry and adult products aimed at adult women."
The work is often derided yet read as it has become part of the social conversation. One of the funniest quirks to emerge from the venture is the attention that readers pay to James' repetitions. Using the keyword search function in Kindle they list the number of occurrences of a particular phrase. This gives a passage like that of "DS in La" reader on Amazon.com,
"According to my Kindle search function, characters roll their eyes 41 times, Ana bites her lip 35 times, Christian's lips "quirk up" 16 times, Christian "cocks his head to one side" 17 times, characters "purse" their lips 15 times, and characters raise their eyebrows a whopping 50 times. Add to that 80 references to Ana's anthropomorphic "subconscious" (which also rolls its eyes and purses its lips, by the way), 58 references to Ana's "inner goddess," and 92 repetitions of Ana saying some form of "oh crap" (which, depending on the severity of the circumstances, can be intensified to "holy crap," "double crap," or the ultimate "triple crap"). And this is only part one of a trilogy... [...]
*UPDATE*: Thanks to the many other perturbed readers who have shared their own choices of the most annoyingly overused phrases in this masterpiece. Following up on their suggestions with my ever-useful Kindle search function, I have discovered that Ana says "Jeez" 81 times and "oh my" 72 times. She "blushes" or "flushes" 125 times, including 13 that are "scarlet," 6 that are "crimson," and one that is "stars and stripes red." (I can't even imagine.) [...]
Finally, in a remarkable bit of symmetry, our hero and heroine exchange 124 "grins" and 124 "frowns"... which, by the way, seems an awful lot of frowning for a woman who experiences "intense," "body-shattering," "delicious," "violent," "all-consuming," "turbulent," "agonizing" and "exhausting" orgasms on just about every page."
At any rate, there will be a perfume and makeup inspired by the novel, as well as a movie.