Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Fifty Shames #1)
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Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (Fifty Shames #1)

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A shrewd, laugh–out–loud parody of E. L. James' bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey series:

Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Drago...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Da Capo Press
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Misfit
I'm guessing most folks know the basics of The Fifty Shades of Grey books, originally written as fan-fiction of the Twilight series: mousy Bella and control-freak Edward got a new setting and a hot sex life. Fifty Shades was eventually picked up by money-grubbing publishers, publishers who supposedly edited it, and history was made, although after reading it for myself, I'm reminded of The Emperor's New Clothes. Does everyone love these badly written books because the hype says they're supposed...more
Traveller
Sep 25, 2013 Traveller rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: [P] and Manny
Oh, dwarling..*


I get up and look in the mirror. My hair ...- oh, my hair! It's... really naughty hair. It insists on going in all directions while I sleep. So, I say a mantra every night: "Must flatten hair...must..."

..but it never works. I say it anyway. Who knows, one morning I might wake up with flat hair. This is a very important thing in my life. To wake up with neat, flat hair.

I know today is going to be a very important day for me. It's the day I'm going to meet him.
I just don't know it y...more
karen

i don't know if it is just because i read A Coupla Shades of Taupe: A Parody first and may have reached my supersaturation point with fifty shades of gray parodies, but this one was not as amusing to me as the other.

there is something almost too easy about it, the way it is really easy to write bad theatre d'absurd, you know. for example:

an attractive blonde behind the receptionist's desk smiles at me as i walk in. i assume she's the receptionist, because i can't think of any reason she would b...more
♡Karlyn P♡
This was a HILARIOUS parody of Fifty Shades of Grey, it nailed so much of the absurdity of that story!

In Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, Anna Steele is an airhead virgin college student who meets the bazillionaire stalker Earl Grey, and soon gets pulled into his sick and twisted world of BDSM - erotic role playing for Bards, Dragons, Sorcery and Magick.

This story pokes so much fun at all the whacked out parts of Fifty, including Ana's lip biting problem (now a nose picking problem that turns him on...more
Jill

If you haven't heard of Fifty Shades of Grey it means that you've been off-planet for the last six months or so. Never having read FSoG I had no problem whatsoever getting the jokes in this parody. I know enough about the plot and characters and its ah, 'famous' scenes from reviews and chats to get this spoof. And Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is hilarious.

From the cover depicting Earl Grey with a cup of earl grey (note the gesture of the hand holding the cup) to the author's aka Fanny Merkin (view...more
new_user
Dec 03, 2013 new_user rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: humor
I won't count the embarrassing number of times I gabbled that Fifty Shames of Earl Grey was OMGhilarious, I'll just explain why Andrew Shaffer's- sorry, Fanny Merkin's struck five stars of comedic gold with his Fifty Shades of Grey parody.

Culturally relevant, cheeky, and absurd, Shames pokes fun at romance tropes, Anna and Christian, and EL James- a treat for romance readers who haven't seen a pop publication for them since Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels. Shames's hum...more
AH
I’m still laughing… Ms. Merkin aka Andrew Shaffer has nailed it! Her parody of that other book is hilarious! Fifty Shames of Grey captures the essence of the two main characters very well. Edward Christian Earl Grey is rich, powerful, and a Dungeon Master! Yup – he’s a master of live action role playing. His type of BSDM involves bards, dragons, sorcery, and magick. Complete with the prosthetic ears!

Bella Ana Anna Steal is her usual klutzy, clueless self. She even has an Inner Guidette doing ba...more
Kruti
Jun 30, 2012 Kruti rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who’s read the Fifty Shades trilogy
Kudos to Fanny Merkin aka Andrew Shaffer! I found myself laughing on every page.

I’ll be honest I usually shy away from parodies for the simple reason that good parodies are hard to come by. But this...Fifty Shames of Earl Grey manages to address all that I found utterly ridiculous in FSoG. It even steps it up a notch and mocks Twilight and the general legality of fan fiction. There’s even mention of 16 & pregnant, Snookie from Jersey Shore and Dr Drew. I swear this book should come with a w...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
It all starts with a story of a lonely girl moving to a cold rainy town. She’s supposed to be with her dad, whom she doesn’t really like. She’s a shy girl, doesn’t have any friends or any boobs. Her new truck looks like a drunken lobster, and her school seems like a prison full of weird country kids. It all seems to lead her towards suicide until one day when she sees the most perfect being in the universe. He is the Master of the Universe. Lots of teenage angst filled pages later they kiss and...more
Sandra
The review can also be found on my blog.

This satiric, snarky, sarcastic, over the top story based on the mega-bestselling Fifty Shades of Twilight Grey nails all the key points of absurdity of the book it parodies, as well as the Twilight saga from which it came. And then some.

The cover alone is hilarious, especially the hand holding the cup with the pointer, middle and pinkie finger extended. If you don't know what that hand gesture means, please look it up under "shocker" on Urbandictionary.c...more
Cyndy Aleo
While I may request a fair amount of titles from NetGalley, there are few review copies for which I keep refreshing my email, hoping for approval. Andrew Shaffer/Fanny Merkin's Fifty Shames of Earl Grey was one of those titles. I'd read the three sample chapters Shaffer had posted earlier on his blog as "Fifty-One Shames" and I was eager to see if the wit he'd demonstrated in those early chapters could be sustained over the entirely of a book.

Ostensibly, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is a parody...more
Taryn at My Secret Romance

This review was posted to My Secret Romance.


My inner guidette is screaming on the inside that I should get on my hands and knees and kiss the ground this dreamy man walks on for this laugh out loud book! Oh, Fanny!

But then I put things into perspective and think- I don’t even know what kind of shoes he wears.

For those of you who come across this book and don't know what it is, it's a spoof of Fifty Shades of Grey and a little of Twilight. It's also A MUST READ….if you have a sense of humor!

Fift...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Have you ever seen the preview for a movie which made you so excited to see it, only to find out when you watched the actual movie that the best parts were already shown in the preview? This is how I felt about Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. The 3 chapter sneak peak was extremely funny. Unfortunately, the humor started to wane the further I read. I have no clue how this concept will work as a trilogy.

Even though I enjoyed parts of the book, it's apparent that most early readers found Shames somewha...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
Andrew Shaffer: *reads about Fifty Shades of Grey* This is popular and people are book shaming, but it can't be that bad…
Bella Ana: Oh, look something shiny! Oh, look a boy!
Edward Christian: This girl looks like my birth mom. I want to go all sadistic on her!
Andrew Shaffer: . . . what?
Edward Christian: I will stalk you to the ends of the earth.
Bella Ana: Oh my! I get off on brushing my teeth with your toothbrush. *swoon*
Andrew Shaffer: . . . no, really. Am I being punked? A monkey could fling be...more
Kelly  Maybedog
Oct 16, 2012 Kelly Maybedog rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kelly by: Lexxie
There's a sequel in the works, Fifty Shames In Space, and I'm not sure what the point would be because this book was kind of a one joke wonder.

That's not to say it wasn't funny, it was. And there were plenty of pop culture and nerdy references to keep me entertained. But there was a lot of the same thing. Which may have been the point but it did get tedious after awhile. I only finished to say I did.

I haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey nor have I been able to read more than a future chapters of T...more
Sherry
I laughed, I cried, and I peed my pants a little. I've read only the original "Twilight" book -- none of its sequels nor a word of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy -- but Andrew Shaffer's parody had me in hysterics in public places. It reads like a "Naked Gun" movie.
Michael
I’ve not read many parodies before but Andrew Shaffer is mildly amusing on twitter so I thought I’d give his book ago. Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is an obvious dig at Fifty Shades of Grey but it also has fun with the Twilight fanfic elements as well; clearly pointing out the similarities of the two books with lines like; “I’m Edward Cullen. I mean, ‘Earl Grey.’ Have a seat?” This novel reminds me of a Leslie Nielsen style parody with the farfetched and over done humour, but that’s what makes it s...more
Katie(babs)
I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. Every page made me giggle and Andrew really keeps the tone exactly like the real Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Cosmo like questionnaire that is a play on the contract between Christian and Ana will have you dying, including the first love scene.

If you're a fan of Fifty Shades or just want to laugh yourself silly, I recommend you pick this one up.
Sandy
FIFTY SHAMES OF EARL GREY –a parody by Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer)

***SPOILER ALERT--BIG TIME***

FIFTY SHAMES OF EARL GREY is a parody based on the Fifty Shades trilogy by E L James. Following a similar storyline to the original novel, we are entertained with the knowledge that when all is said and done, we can laugh at ourselves and, of course, others. Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer) writes with plenty of humor, but unless you have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy, some of the humor will be...more
Allison Dickson
I had the pleasure of receiving an Advance Reader Copy of this book in the mail yesterday, and I dove into it immediately. It didn't take long to finish, not only because it is a relatively short book, but also because it was difficult to put down.

Eccentric and mysterious billionaire Earl Grey sweeps the naively moronic Anna Steal off her feet, and the craziness of their courtship ensues. He can buy entire corporations with a casual swipe of his Blackberry, but Grey has a lot of emotional bagga...more
Chris
Who doesn't love hot Earl Grey? It makes everything else seem inferior.

Excuse me for a moment.

There, I put the kettle on. What did you think I was doing?

I truly needed a laugh, and this book (which I brought because of Misfit's review and the author's comment on a dicussion) provided it. In order to enjoy it, you don't need to have read Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey, just have a passing knowledge of both as well as the urban fantasy romantic trend that gave birth to them. The book isn't mean...more
Anushka
May 01, 2013 Anushka rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: 50 Shades and Twilight haters
One word : Hilarious

Those of you who have read 50 Fifty Shades of Grey will enjoy this thoroughly and if you haven't, good for you. Don't ever do that mistake.
But now I think finally all my sufferings that I went through have paid off, this one was an absolute gem. There was never a dull moment in this book and for a parody, it was fairly well written.

I really loved it when Twilight was also roped in while making a spoof, being an avid hater of both Stephenie Meyer and E.L. James, this boo...more
Pam Vlieg
I think everyone who reads Fifty Shades of Gray should then be required to read Fifty Shames of Early Grey. I think that those of us who wanted MORE will love the humor in this parody. If I were to begin writing in my favorite quotes all 224 pages would have to be transcribed here. There isn't a paragraph left without a punchline.
Lexie
Prelim Review: This book took me just over 2hrs to complete and had me laughing for almost the entire time. Knowledge of the source material (either Fifty Shades of Gray or Twilight--take your pick) isn't really necessary to get the humor, though some of the funnier bits are best found funny if you do know one or the other.

Shaffer (or 'Merkin') does a really good job at poking fun at everything under the sun in regards to the whole Fifty Shades travesty. Up front--I read the first book, under du...more
Amanda The Book Slayer
4.5 Stars!

Recommendation : This book is for anyone who enjoys laughing. If you have read or heard about ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ you will want to read this parody no matter if you loved or hated it.

Like Earl Grey, I must confess one of my many shames. I have had this ARC copy since June, I believe. I started reading it then and loved it. However, I think I put it down for an ARC that I had been waiting for. It wasn’t Earl’s fault, just that well… his many shames caught up with my many shames and...more
Ren
Jul 11, 2012 Ren marked it as to-read
Shelves: humor, arc-netgalley
UPDATE : The publisher just accept my request via netgalley! Oh,yeah!!

Oh, LOLOLOLOL!!!
Maybe I'll read this first, then read Fifty Shades of Grey.
Just to entertain myself #smirk
willaful
Jul 31, 2012 willaful rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who hasn't lived on a deserted island for the past year
I read the first three chapters of this parody a while back and was impressed, not only by how funny it was, but by how much a sense of the original book it conveyed. I hadn't read any of Fifty Shades of Grey at that time, but it made me feel like I had. (And indeed, when I started the actual Fifty Shades, the beginning felt so familiar, it read like a parody itself. This may be partially why I have yet to get past chapter six.)

It's hard to maintain a parody for an entire book but Shaffer had a...more
Lolly's Library
*e-ARC provided by the gracious folks over at NetGalley.com*

Disclaimer: I really shouldn't have read this book. After all, not only have I not read the original, Fifty Shades of Grey, I have no intention of ever doing so. Ever. Not even if I were paid a million dollars to do so. Not only does the blatant “I can't believe how much money I'm making off the herds of people buying my books and I barely had to put any thought into writing them!” attitude of the author disgust me, the whole phenomenon...more
MsRomanticReads

This story was brought to you by the letters F, M and the number 5 ..... 5 stars!

If this book were to be made into a movie, it would be brought to us by the makers of The Naked Gun, Hot Shots and Airplane.

Whether you've read the stories responsible for the FSoG hype, Fifty Shades of Grey Master of the Universe Twilight, this parody is hysterical in it's delivery. Bella's Ana's Lip biting and blushing had nothing on Anna's nose picking, smelly feet and untamed jungle. The steady stream of pop cu...more
Steph Su
FIFTY SHAMES OF EARL GREY was at its best when it scathingly critiqued the (many) flaws of Fifty Shades of Grey and E. L. James’ writing. Alas, FIFTY SHAMES OF EARL GREY enjoyed itself too much too often, and the liberties it took with plot, characterization, and humor ultimately weakened my overall enjoyment of the book.

FIFTY SHAMES OF EARL GREY has an arguably unlimited source of material to parody, and that’s what it does best. I giggle-snorted the most when Merkin/Shaffer laid bare the utter...more
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“My god, Anna,” he says. “I almost lost you.” He has me in his powerful grip. I’ve never felt this safe before.
“Never let go,” I say, looking into his beautiful gray eyes.
“That could be problematic,” he says. “I’ll have to let you go at some point. What if I have to pee? What if you have to pee?”
“I don’t care,” I say.
“What if I have an important business meeting and I’m holding you and we’re both covered in urine?”
I start to cry. “You’re right,” I say, turning my face away from his gaze. “Nothing lasts forever.”
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“I growl with frustration at my reflection in the mirror. My hair is fifty shades messed up. Why is it so kinky and out of control? I need to stop sleeping with it wet. As I brush my long brown hair, the girl in the mirror with the brown eyes too big for her head stares back at me. Wait... my eyes are blue! It dawns on me that I've been staring at a poster of Kristen Stewart for five minutes. My own hair is fine.” 17 likes
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