Can you forgive 50 Shades of Grey for making us 50 times Kinkier?
50 Shades of Grey for making us 50 times Kinkier
Sales of 50 Shades of Grey have recently "spanked" those of Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code to become the fastest-selling paperback ever.
However it is not just E. L. James and her publishers "rubbing" themselves with glee as the book has led to a boom in the sales of BDSM sex toys and other erotic literature.
Ann Summers is just one of the stores reporting a huge "surge" in the sales of blindfolds, whips and handcuffs, reflecting the strong sadism and masochism theme running through the book.
Punters, including many more women, are lining up to buy the more exotic sexual aids that feature in the love lives of the protagonists. Sales of jiggle balls, for example, have risen by 200%.
Fiona Davis, a director of Ann Summers, said the consumer effect of the book was similar to that of Sex and the City, which popularised designer shoes and vibrators.
"Fifty Shades of Grey has introduced erotic literature to millions of people who may have never considered exploring this genre," said Davis.
"Word of mouth and the digital age has ensured this trilogy has become a phenomenon. As soon as it hit the shelves as a paperback, its reputation preceded it, making it an all the more tangible and irresistible purchase for women across the world."
So what do you think of all this sexual liberation and kink unleashed by E. L. James?
Vote Saint if you can't get enough of 50 Shades of Grey. The book has opened my eyes to a whole new world of kink and I am all the happier because of it.
Vote Sinner if you think 50 Shades of Grey is badly written "Mommy Porn" that has made the world at least 50 times smuttier.