A controversial Newsweek cover story by Katie Roiphe concludes that as women gain power in the workplace, they want to be dominated in the bedroom. The magazine article looks at everything from the bestselling erotic BDSM novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” to HBO’s new series “Girls” and concludes sexual domination is in vogue. What do you say?
It’s a word-of-mouth sensation from a British writer, published in Australia. A romantic novel with erotic elements that have earned it the label “mommy porn.”
And now it’s No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list Combined Print and E-Book Fiction. No. 1 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble too.
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James. (The Writer’s Coffee Shop.) An inexperienced college student falls in love with a tortured man who has particular sexual tastes; the first book in a trilogy.
And the storm is just beginning. American publishers have just concluded a battle over the rights to re-release the book to the masses. Vintage Books, part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, known for its highbrow literary credentials, won a bidding war for the rights to all three books, paying a seven-figure sum. On Monday, the publisher released new e-book editions of the trilogy. In April, look for a 750,000-copy print run of redesigned paperback editions.
The hit is especially popular among American women in the suburbs, according to the New York Times.