If we’re honest, it was only a matter of time until we read Fifty Shades of Grey for the podcast. How could we not though? It was (is?) a cultural sensation, which feels like such an oddity for books these days, especially an erotic romance novel.
We both read the first Twilight novel in college, and so were curious to see how Fifty Shades’ origin as a Twilight fan fiction influenced the experience of reading it. We also go into the different influences that made it break through to the mainstream.
In the end though, we wouldn’t recommend giving it a read. People like what they like, but alas, this just wasn’t our cup of tea. We sure had fun discussing it together, though!
- What do we think of the current run of Disney remakes?
- Which one of us actually got to the end of the book? Is this a trick question?
- Which excerpts do we read aloud?
Here are a few links to some of the things we mentioned in the post and a kink-related resource we are fans of. Give ’em a look!
- Kink education comics on Oh, Joy Sex Toy by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan. Very NSFW, but our favorite sex education site. We’re linking to the kink posts, but OJST is so much more. From toy reviews to sex ed, it’s a great resource and so inclusive of folks along all parts of the sexuality and gender spectrums.
- Erika Moen’s Review of Fifty Shades of Grey on Oh Joy Sex Toy. Seriously, she’s the best. Read all her comics.
- Fifty Shades of Grey, the viral myth, and the truth about how things get popular: An excerpt from Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction
- What does Tess of the D’Urbervilles Have in Common with Fifty Shades? Abuse.