Fifty Shades of Grey in The Times

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Glass Slipper as a Fetish

Sex is a hard sell.

It’s a great commodity, except that the market is glutted. In an age when almost all forms of erotica and pornography are available at any time, anywhere, on cable television, on the Internet and even on a smartphone, it’s almost impossible to find a fresh way to be risqué.

Sex has to be transgressive to cause a stir, and nowadays the best step forward is to take a step back.

That at least is the lesson of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, which after a dizzying e-rise that led to the top ofThe New York Times’s best-seller list, is being reissued on Tuesday as Vintage paperbacks. Universal Pictures and its art-house film division, Focus Features, have already bought the movie rights.

This S-and-M story about a virginal college student and the handsome young billionaire who binds her sounds racier than it is. Mostly it’s an updated throwback to scandalous novels of the past, including “Jane Eyre” and the 1920s desert rape fantasy “The Sheik.” The main difference is that “Fifty Shades of Grey” and its two sequels, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” are set in modern-day Seattle and mix sexting with spanking.

Michael Lionstar

The author E L James.

Heidi Green

Fans of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy at a Manhattan party hosted by DivaMoms.com to celebrate “Fifty Shades Freed,” the third installment……………READ MORE IN THE TIMES

 

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Published: April 2, 2012