By A. Charlotte Rose
Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James, has sold more than 100 million books, according to the New York Times today. It has also spent 100 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Vintage Press, which aquired the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy in March 2012, and published each book within weeks of each other, is celebrating 100 million mark as they come upon the end of two years of Fifty Shades mania. This, just days after the long-awaited Fifty Shades of Grey movie wrapped the film shoot.
Anne Messitte, publisher of Vintage/Anchor Books in the U.S., forecasts only more “Fifty,” “We see new readers coming to the books every day and the sales, two years after our initial publication, remain strong and steady.”
Fifty Shades of Grey began as fan fiction called Master of the Universe. It was first released as an e-book and, then, a print on demand paperback in May 2011 by The Writers’ Coffee Shop. Then Vintage Press acquired the series, which was already a viral winner with a huge word-of-mouth following.
Why is this book so (freakin’) popular? We asked some of the fans at Fifty Shades of Grey News.
Darci Leavitt said: “An up to date modern Cinderella story!! With some spice! Love it!!! ALL of it……”
Angela Fulton said: “It lets women know that some of the things we all do is not so horrible! That we can be ourselves, with added excitement!”
Kristie Colgin Cooper said: “Because it’s hot to death!!”
Terri Ellison said: “I think every woman wants the deep love he had for her.”
Annette Firman said: “I loved the true love story and how we found the real Christian and how he found the feeling of real love he didn’t know. Everything else was a bonus.”
Karryn ILaah Toniu said: “For me it was the fantasy of having a man like christian grey. He may be fiction but gahhdaymm he could be REAL!! Love a man hu can be RUFF&REAL at the sam time.. need some of that in REAL LIFE!!..”
Diane Marquez said: “It’s freaking awesome !!!!”
Michelle Daino said: “Sex, control, money and security….What is not to like about something that can bring sssooo much pleasure for such an affordable price. It has allowed many a person a reprieve from their own reality that it almost feels like you are part of this book on some level. Enjoyed the reading because it was done in a classy, sassy kind of way that seemed to capture my imagination.”
Ervine Hoover said: “These books made me feel as if I’d found exactly what I’ve been looking for…..or missing! !! It was as if I was close to them as far as feeling there emotions…..literally! !! Extremely well written and so believable! !! Just awesome! !!!”
Natalie Morgan Holt said: “It’s like an x-rated version of Twilight… Seriously, what’s not to love.”
Why do you think Fifty Shades has sold so many copies and has remained do popular?
You can purchase the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy boxed set here for only $22:
Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set