The Year Observed
Fifty Shades of Grey
When it comes to the world of sex, it often feels like everything old is new again, but 2013 saw its share of novelties, provocations, celebrations and oddities—the good, the bad and the bizarre.
Did you think the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena would just fade away now that Girls is back on? Sorry, no, your mother would rather read about Christian Grey and imagine herself as Anastasia Steele than think about the awkward sex you might be having with a bisexual right now. (Even though, hey, remember when Bret Easton Ellis floated Lena Dunham’s name as a possible candidate for the heroine in his adaptation of the book, which will now never see the light of day?)
Now a new theatrical parody, Doubleday’s hardcover printing of the E.L. James trilogy and casting speculation on the upcoming film, 2013 looks like it just might be another great day for vanilla BDSM sex!
Fifty Shades of Grey
Book publishing may not be in the best shape right now, but Random House employees have something to celebrate this holiday season. CEO Markus Dohle announced at last night’s company holiday that all employees will get a $5,000 bonus, the Times reports.
“Random House had its corporate Christmas party last night in New York and word is that Santa likes bondage. A lot,” the paper of record wrote. “Call it 5,000 shades of green.”
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Sometimes even journalists run out of ideas. Instead of watching the world with one eye on the beat, we make a hypothesis, find three examples of it, and call it a trend story. That’s not what this is. This is a legitimate non-trend, and let’s hope to God it stays that way.
But sometimes you stumble upon something too disturbing not to share with the rest of the world. These available pieces of Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired ephemera found on Etsy.com are a few of those things.
Fifty Shades of Grey famously began its life, before publication and millions of copies sold, as online “fan-fiction” about the book and movie series Twilight, placing its characters in new–and racy!–situations.
And it’s not alone.
And for today’s yikes news … E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey has surpassed Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code series to become the best-selling book of all time this week in Britain.
And in today’s business news, Church & Dwight, the company behind everything from Arm & Hammer to Nair to TROJAN condoms (if you buy all their products at once, you’re in for a fun night), held their Q2 Earnings conference call today. The news is optimistic, thanks to all those moms out there who are still trying to spice up their sex life with Vagina Ball Explosions (in the sex toy market): TROJAN can thank Fifty Shades of Grey for their market growth this quarter!
Fifty Shades of Grey
Could this be the thing that boosts classical music sales? EMI Classics is set to release the album Fifty Shades of Grey, fifteen tracks of classical music selected by E L James to accompany her bestselling erotic novel. Tracks are to include Pachelbel’s Canon, a Bach aria, and more, with Vintage Books describing the music as Read More
THE BODEGA INFLECTION POINT
It’s official: E.L. James’ love story for the ages, Fifty Shades of Grey, is officially going forward, with the studios involved hiring two producers for the project. While that doesn’t guarantee a movie any time soon, it’s doubtful that Hollywood is just going to sit on this project and let it die a slow death on a backlot when there’s all those box office sales and merchandizing money to be made.
The New York City corner bodegas that dot every other corner of our fair metropolis are, as it stands, de facto sex shops. There, among the groceries, one can find beer (for courage), a wide selection of three-pack condoms (for birth control and protection from sexually transmitted diseases), sexual lubricants (for sexual lubrication), all stripes of “supplements” promising to enhance one’s sexual prowess (which suspiciously have yet to be banned by Chuck Schumer), cigarettes (post-coital smoking),feral cats (to scare unwanted sleepovers away), pornographic magazines (for people who…don’t have the internet?), and water (for hydration!).
Now, in keeping with the times, they are apparently adding one more item to the cornucopia of sexually-enabling wares they already offer:
Fifty Shades of Grey.