11:30 am, January 9th | by Laura Donovan
“We are 100% going there.”
4:30 pm, December 20th | by Colette McIntyre
Say what you will about British writer E.L. James and her Twilight fanfic-turned-novel Fifty Shades of Grey , but girl is living large. (Seriously, she’s making bank. At this point I imagine that her paychecks come in the form of a comically oversized canvas sack with a dollar sign printed on the side, just brimming with money.) To top off her year of domination, James was recently named USA Today‘s “Author of the Year,” a status symbol probably as coveted in literary circles as second-grader Julia Norris’ selection for her monthly book report or the advertising panel next to David Baldacci’s on the Q train.
11:30 am, November 12th | by Laura Donovan
First it saved marriages, then it sparked pregnancies, and now it’s ending relationships. E.L. James’s explosively popular “Fifty Shades” series has just influenced the demise of one marriage, as a 41-year-old wealthy banker is divorcing her husband for refusing to take a Christian Grey approach to their sex life.
9:30 am, September 13th | by Laura Donovan
Magazines have been trouble for a while, so it’s difficult to try to understand why anyone in their right mind would create a Fifty Shades mag and sell it for $6.99. If we’ve learned anything from E.L. James’s explosive series though, it’s that women cannot help themselves when it comes to troubled wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey, and if they’re willing to buy “Fifty Shades” themed bed sheets, they’re probably just as happy to purchase a glossy publication in its honor.
3:30 pm, September 10th | by Laura Donovan
When I attended the Union Square “Fifty Shades of Grey” signing earlier this year, I met a woman who said she missed the novel’s hearthrob, Christian Grey, a wealthy entrepreneur with a love for BDSM. She had just finished the books and felt a sense of emptiness without the character in her life. I couldn’t understand why anyone would long for a controlling man who buys the publishing house for which his meek girlfriend works just to have power over her, and author E.L. James’s husband seems to share my opinion to some degree. Niall Leonard, “Mr. Fifty Shades,” is relieved not to be the gorgeous, wildly desired and loved Grey.
2:00 pm, August 27th | by Laura Donovan
Of one thing I’m certain: the world does not need one more “Fifty Shades” reader, so it’s quite a relief that first lady Michelle Obama hasn’t been leafing through the pages of E.L. James’s wildly popular erotica.
2:45 pm, August 22nd | by Laura Donovan
Just when I think all of the “Fifty Shades” merchandise couldn’t get more ridiculous, I’m proven wrong by person who made a onesie in honor of the erotica.
1:45 pm, August 6th | by Laura Donovan
The “Fifty Shades” series isn’t my thing, but I’m relieved it speaks to lots of women. “Sex and the City” actress Kim Cattrall says about as much of the trilogy, which she believes is good for her fellow ladies.
9:45 am, August 6th | by Laura Donovan
Some have claimed E.L. James’s “Fifty Shades” series saved their marriages and reignited their sex lives, but the reality is that most people aren’t nearly as frisky as the characters in the highly-praised erotica. That’s what makes “Fifty Shades of Reality” such an amazing parody, as it’s a believable portrait of marriage.
3:15 pm, August 3rd | by Amy Tennery
I know, we’ve already seen the Gilbert Godfried’s Fifty Shades Of Grey parody. And we’ve witnessed adorkable Zooey Deshchanel’s twist on the “mommy porn” classic.
But unlike the “S#*! ______ Says” videos, the 50 Shades riffs just don’t get old. Especially when they involve Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.