Fifty Shades of Bewilderment

They’re locked away in their bedrooms. They have tucked it inside a decorative book cover. It’s hidden from prying eyes on a Kindle and Nook. Everyone is reading “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Everyone except me, perhaps.

Lately, the first question I get, (from those who know I’m a writer or someone who just found out) is, am I reading, “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Nope. Sorry. But more power to you. Read on.

There are so many pros and cons about this book (which is great for the author) and the attempt to analyze its success and influence would be mind-boggling on so many levels. So I’m not going to try.

I won’t even comment on the article that spoke to calm the publishing industry’s uncertain future. I’ll let you read it. (That’s another topic entirely.)

Don’t get me wrong. The author found a niche, and she’s working it. Wouldn’t you? I have no problem with that. Not at all.

What I want to know is where the heck have the women who are latching onto the “Fifty Shades” like a life raft on the sinking Titanic, been? Women are going nuts over bondage and S&M. You’d think that “mommy porn” “women’s porn” or Erotica for that matter, was just invented.


At one point I thought it might be a generational thing. My coworker pointed out that there were young women satisfying their curiosities about S&M and bondage, or those wanting more experience so that they can spice up their sex lives. Point taken. But then I see older women gravitating toward it like a youth serum, and I start to wonder all over again.

Where have these women been? Or am I so unfazed or used to erotic books that “Fifty Shades” is like a preschooler’s first Dr. Seuss book? Perhaps. 🙂

There have been authors, good authors, who have been producing erotica, S&M, and bondage for years. Lora Leigh, who I consider one of the best erotic romance writers, can make whips and chains downright sexy.

Erotica and Erotic romance publishers (e-publishers at that), Allora’s Cave, Samhain and Loose Id have been producing these types of books for quite some time, with the help of some very talented authors. Maya Banks, (she can write about a threesome that will knock your socks off), Delilah Devlin, and Silvia Day aren’t just writing erotic romance—their books have a plot, which makes the sensuality climb the charts. Even the author Zane, who is known for her highly erotic tales, has been around long enough to give folks a refresher course in everything!

So what’s with all the hoopla? I don’t know. I haven’t voiced my opinion about “Fifty Shades …” before this. But walking into Target, yesterday, and seeing the books lined up on the shelf with the sign “New” flashed across the rack, did something to me.

So, I bought Nicholas Sparks’, “The Best of Me.” When I want well-written “mommy porn” (I hate that tag, by the way), I’ll seek my usual sources.


4 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Bewilderment

  1. Hi Nett. I also walked by Target and noticed all 3 books on the top shelf of the “New Release” section. What bothers me is that it’s being marketed along with books like The Hunger Games, which my daughter is totally into. I read the 50 Shades books mostly out of curiosity about what all the fuss was about. I did enjoy them, but am amazed when family members who don’t read Erotic fiction start talking to me about it. And a bit worried that the notoriety of these books will further perpetuate the misconstrued belief that all romance is like this. Oh, and when reading The Best of Me, keep a box of tissues nearby. You’re going to need it!

    • nettrobbens says:

      Thanks for commenting Maria! I totally agree with you on all points! I saw the same set up in Target, and could only shake my head. Unreal. I’m just beginning The Best of Me, and I’m loving it already!


  2. jgavinallan says:

    50 shades of lucky.
    This is a perfect example of the WRITE piece at the WRITE time.
    Saturday’s meeting went over the brainy idea of the non-committal cover…so early readers would not be ashamed of showing it on the train or bus…or waiting to pick up their child at pre-school

    • nettrobbens says:

      You said it Jaye! I’m so sorry I missed Saturday’s meeting with a real erotic romance pioneer. A non-committal cover? That’s funny. Buy it, but don’t get caught reading it. Right? I’m shaking my head on that one too!


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