Fifty Shades of Grey... Oops!

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Months and months ago, when the world started buzzing about 50 Shades of Grey, Sassymonkey said to me, "I sure hope some mom doesn't get confused and buy Fifty Shades of Grey for her kid, thinking it's Between Shades of Gray." I laughed and said I was sure that would never happen.

A few months later, we were at a little newsstand in Union Station and we saw a pile of Fifty Shades of Grey sitting on a table with a pile of Between Shades of Gray. Oops!

fifty shades of grey between shades of grey

More time passed and our then 16 year old daughter came home from a trip to Europe with her very own copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. This was appalling to our then 13 year old. So appalling that she stole it and hid it in a cabinet in our laundry room so her sister would not read that filth. Oops!

A wee bit more time passed and our landlord came over to try and fix our washing machine. As he sat on the floor, taking it apart, he asked if I had any old rags he could use to mop up the water he was sure was going to leak out of the machine. I said, "Sure! Right in that cabinet where you're sitting." and I kept on working.

Around the same time, TW and I just happened to be listening to Between Shades of Gray on audio -- in the car. We generally turned it off when the kids got in, or shortly after they got in, so that we could chat with them. Turns out, the 13 year old was sure we were listening to Fifty Shades of Grey -- and she was totally grossed out thinking she was getting into the car just as we finished listening to that filth. Oops!

We had to explain to her that Between Shades of Gray is not the same thing as Fifty Shades of Grey. I also told her that I thought it was a great idea to listen to Fifty Shades of Grey on audio and would definitely be reserving that at the library since I couldn't seem to find her sister's copy... At which point, TW told me that it was still in the rag cabinet in the laundry room ... the same cabinet that I'd told our landlord to dig around in to find old rags. Oops!

I cannot imagine what he must have thought when he opened up that cabinet and found Fifty Shades of Grey "hiding" in there. "Crazy lesbians hide mainstream erotica but their lesbian erotica is prominently displayed on bookshelves throughout the house."

Turns out we're not the only ones who have had some "Oops" moments with Fifty Shades of Grey.

Katie at Marriage Confessions shared a story about her sister choosing 50 Shades of Grey for her Sunday School book club. Totally funny but omg OOPS!

“I thought it would be good for us to stay up with the current “Must Read” lists,” Ginny later explained. “I really thought it was a relationship book!”

So, a week goes by and Ginny still hasn’t picked up the book and she still doesn’t know what all the hype is about. Finally, she checked her book club’s Facebook page and saw all of her SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS posting and asking Ginny what the heck she had given them to read! She realized that maybe she should start reading to see what all the fuss was about.

The best Fifty Shades of Grey "Oops" moment, in my opinion, has to be E.L. James' embarrassment when she realized men were reading her book. Oops? Really? Did she really think only women would read it?

Have you had an "Oops" moment, with Fifty Shades?

~Denise
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