“Fifty Shades” Erotica Gets Movie Interest

“Fifty Shades of Grey,” the surprise erotic literary hit that began as a posting on a fan-fiction website, is sparking major interest from Hollywood as movie studios clamor for film rights. I understand that women are turned on by the book. But from the hype-y coverage, especially the page one story in the New York Times that fanned the flames for the phenomenon, you’d think that erotica that appeals to middle-class and professional women was something new. Women have been lapping up this stuff for decades, in the soft-core romantic-novel variety but also in work that is labeled erotica. As for “Fifty Shades,” I read a few pages and it’s dreadful: ripe for winning one of those worst-sex-writing awards. To each her own, however.

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