As someone who believes the world could do with a more open-minded approach to peoples consensual sexual interests, I wanted to like Fifty Shades of Grey. But as I read the book, I found it not only sets people who live a BDSM lifestyle back decades in terms of being understood by society, but that it eroticizes dangerous practices as well, especially for those who are new to this aspect of sexuality and looking to incorporate it into their lives.
I have spent the last several hours trying to figure out the phenomenon that is E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey. The book is selling like hotcakes, based almost exclusively on word-of-mouth buzz and some Goodreads viral magic. According to Good Morning America, 50 Shades of Grey is heating up bedrooms, and it's even been called "mommy porn." Sex certainly does sell -- but it's this series' Twilight-based origins that are raising eyebrows and making people in the publishing and writing communities question when fan fiction stops being fan fiction.