Raise your hand if you’ve read the erotic best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The trilogy of erotic novels is at the top of the New York Times Best Seller list, and the first book has just been named the fastest selling paperback of all time in the UK.
Well, good for author E.L. James and publisher Random House!
I read the first book. It’s horrible. Sure, there’s a lot of sex … and other stuff. But who knew a book with so much steaminess could be so boring? Take away the phrases “Oh my”, “Holy cr*p” and “Jeez”, and the book would only be 20 pages long.
Still, the antics between the trilogy’s two main characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey have been good for business at certain retail outlets. This story from the NBC station in Philadelphia profiles an entrepreneurial hardware store manager dealing with a spike in rope sales. “Probably get the softer stuff,” suggests the appropriately named Bob Wipplinger.
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