There was an absolutely brilliant review of Fifty Shades of Grey by Andrew O’Hagan in the last issue of the London Review of Books. My favourite line in the review is:
“It’s not that Fifty Shades of Grey and E.L. James’s other tie-me-up-tie-me-down spankbusters read as if feminism never happened: they read as if women never even got the vote.”
This book is a popular culture phenomenon having sold 33 million copies in 19 weeks. I see that it sold another 271,741 copies in the last week. So this really is a big time mainstream book. It’s amazing how things like this happen, how does one book suddenly take of in this way? Amazing how this has snowballed. Not sure that anyone has ever studied how something like that happens. This book would make a great study for understanding how cultural trends emerge.