Fifty Shades of Grey, as Read by Ellen DeGeneres

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I work in an enormous bookstore that is nestled in the center of an upscale Los Angeles shopping center. Pretty much the only thing that anyone has asked for lately has been Fifty Shades of Grey—or some mangled variation of this title. We have sold out of this book so many times over the past few weeks that I have stopped keeping track. Men, women—even teenagers who probably have no idea what they are in for—have been asking about it. Groups of women have purchased armfuls for their book clubs, and stand in small huddles as they flip through its pages and giggle like nervous school girls.

A few of my coworkers and I have been joking about starting our own book club and reading it together—just to see what all the fuss is about, of course. It is our job to know these things after all. So at work yesterday, I picked a copy up from the shelf and flipped through a few pages. Although it’s certainly not a complicated read, I had a hard time getting through even a paragraph without setting it down or jumping ahead. Maybe I’m not as comfortable with my sexuality as the rest of these women, or maybe I’m just a little immature, but Ellen’s reaction in this video perfectly sums up my very brief experience with the runaway bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey.

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