Christian pretends to be Tom Sawyer. Ana is a picket fence. Needing a break from all the kinky sex, Christian pays a couple of bums to whitewash her and takes in a Cardinals game instead.
Somewhere in England there is a person alone in a hotel room, feeling a boredom so pervasive that it becomes untenable. They reach into the drawer of the bedside table for something, anything to read. And there it is, its cover by now made so familiar that the volume looks at home where ever it lays. They take out E.L. James's 50 Shades of Grey, and the boredom abates.
Who’s ready for a little Sunday afternoon delight?
I’ve set the bar quite high in terms of storytelling
In case you missed it, SNL goes to town on 50 Shades of Grey's popularity among American mothers.
"The book is notable, too, because to some degree, it’s forced erotica into the mainstream conversation. Much of the coverage of Fifty Shades of Grey has focused on sex: women are passing around the novels at spin classes and telling the Times how nice it is to be able to read porn and talk about it with friends. (‘It’s relighting a fire under a lot of marriages,’ one woman said.) But then there are the books’ origins: the trilogy started on FanFiction.net, as a story entitled ‘Master of the Universe,’ in which James’ main characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, were called Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. It was Twilight AU, or Alternate Universe fan fiction, wherein Stephenie Meyer’s innocent girl and vampire were re-imagined as innocent girl and manipulative billionaire.”
- Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction by Elizabeth Minkel