There WAS quality erotica before 50 Shades

Last Night's Parties and Last Night's Horrorshow

This picture gives me hope that there may be some scrupulous booksellers left in the literate world.

Fifty Shades of Grey, the much-hyped bit of erotica with a fantasy BDSM element, is a trendy read that has, according to sales, captured both the sexual attention and sexual imagination of American women. As of April 2012, sales for the book in the U.S. had reached almost 50 million copies, a feat accomplished in less than 14 months.

Contrary to reports, the story was not first published on James’ personal website 50Shades.com in December of 2010. It was originally a work of Twilight fan fiction entitled Master of the Universe – 50 Shades of Fucked Up under the James pseudonym Snowqueens Icedragon that she published on a fanfiction website, which you can read here. (Incidentally, James is the pseudonym for British television executive Erika Leonard, presumably where she gets the E.L. part…

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