Let me start at the beginning. If you are under 18 you can just stop reading right now because this story is not for you.
I read the Twilight books in 2008. My daughter wanted to read them and I figured it was my motherly duty to be sure they were appropriate for a tween. They hooked me. I was so enamored I read them back-to-back…. 5 times straight. The only thing that stopped me from restarting Twilight for the 6th time longed for more. It was then that I discovered Twilight Fan Fiction or Twific. If you have read some of it you know that fanfic is simply women writing stories using the characters and sometimes the loose storyline of Twilight. Some keep their characters vampires but many write all-human stories. Some Twific is completely out there, some fills in where Stephanie Meyer didn't go, and some simply tell the story the author wanted to tell. Oh, and some are very naughty.
In early 2011, Icy announced the book would be published! On May 22, 2011 Icy released the last chapter and announced the publication details: it would be "50 Shades of Grey" and would be published in May. As soon as the preorders were announced I ordered 4 copies: 1 for me, 1 for my sister, 1 for my mom, and 1 for whomever else I decided needed to join the world of 50. After the books arrived I was still a little unsure about telling anyone. This was such a fun little secret. I told me sister I had this deep secret. She responded "I don't want to know". "It's not that bad" I said. I handed them each their copy. It took my sister a months to read it and she was hooked. My mom was hooked. I took my copy to the beach with my mother-in-law who wanted to know what I was reading…hmmmm should I tell her? Should I give it to her? I did. I told a few more people, gave it to my trainer and waited for #2.
The short version of the story is that suddenly 50 Shades is everywhere. This morning I read on Perez Hilton that 50 Shades of Grey is #1 and 50 Shades Darker is #2 on NYT. I am sure the 3rd book, 50 Shades Freed-my personal favorite-is somewhere rising up the chart as well.
Run to the story to get your copy. It is available as an ebook on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iTunes or as a paperback at The Writers Coffeeshop who has a few copies still and in Pre-order through major booksellers. It has been purchased by Vintage and will be published by them and widely available. There are write ups on Huffington Post, NYT, Today Show, and Good Morning America. Jay Leno told a 50 joke a few weeks ago. Today I see in the LA Times reports that all the major studios are competing to make this into a movie. You can view the authors blog 50Shades.com.
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P.S. See if you can figure out why I end each posts with "Laters baby"