Fifty Ways to Love Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

Edited by Lori Perkins

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"Fascinating examination of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy . . . Love Fifty Shades or hate it, this engaging and eclectic read has a little bit of something for everyone."
Publishers Weekly starred review

Available November 20, 2012

E. L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has fascinated and seduced millions of readers. In bedrooms, in book clubs, and in the media, people can’t stop talking about it!

In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writers—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals—continue the conversation.

Fifty Shades as Erotic Fiction

Erotic romance writer Sylvia Day speaks to the new opportunities the Fifty Shades trilogy has opened up for writers (and readers!) of erotica

Fifty Shades as Sexual Empowerment

Romance novelist Heather Graham praises the way the books encourage women to celebrate their own sexual shades of grey

Fifty Shades as Fanfiction

Editor Tish Beaty relates the process behind turning Twilight fanfic Master of the Universe into Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades as Pop Culture

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey author Andrew Shaffer compares Fifty Shades to sister-in-literary-scandal Peyton Place


  • Matrimonial lawyer Sherri Donovan examines the legalities of Christian’s contract
  • Master R of BDSM training chateau La Domaine Esemar evaluates Christian Grey’s skill as a Dominant (and offers some professional advice)
  • And a whole lot more!

Whether you loved Fifty Shades of Grey, or just want to know why everyone else does, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey is the book for you.

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Looking for some summer reading? How about revisiting Christian Grey and Ana Steele, the characters people can’t stop talking about? Lucky for you, we’ve dropped the e-book price for Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey to just 99 cents for a very limited time.

In case you need a refresher:

In Fifty Writers, Lori Perkins has collected some of the most interesting, provocative thoughts on Fifty Shades of Grey—good and bad—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals, all weighing in on the series.

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Shopping for someone who sees the Red Room of Pain whenever Christian Grey’s name comes up? Here are some gift ideas that show you feel their pain.


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What People Are Saying

Also mixed in with the academic, intellectual, and funny essays are a few pieces that offer up the same erotic thrill that 50 Shades brings to the table . . . Oh man do I love me some pervy smartypants! And with this book you get fifty of em!


Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey is a fine literary critique of the exceedingly popular work, very much recommended reading.

Wisconsin Bookwatch

For fans of the trilogy and readers who enjoy erotica and erotic romance novels, and for those interested in pop culture.

Library Journal

I have never been to Las Vegas, and, at fifty years old, I consider this some ridiculous sort badge of honor that only I can define. Now comes the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and the idea that, especially being in the publishing in the industry, having NOT read it gives me special standing. Until this collection of essays exposed my naivete. Written by some of my heroes in the industry, including Judith Regan, MJ Rose, Heather Graham, Sylvia Day and forty-six others, it offers a way to understand its popularity and appreciate its impact.

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