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Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  66 reviews

Can't get enough of Fifty Shades of Grey?

Fifty Shades of Grey has gone from underground e-book sensation to runaway mainstream bestseller—it's the book everyone is talking about.

Now, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey extends the conversation women (and men!) are having across the country. The perfect panel of insiders—from the editor who first "discovered" Fifty Shades
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Smart Pop (first published November 1st 2012)
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Jan 04, 2013 marked it as not-even-if-you-paid-me
Can't get enough of Fifty Shades of Grey?

No actually I've had way way more than enough! We reached enough when one day every single news and radio program I listened to was talking about it. We reached enough when I saw that there was fan fiction of 50 shades being published...basically a fan fiction of a fan fiction. We reached enough with a cut rate, pathetically positive, author ass kissing biography about the stupid author. We reached enough when I saw someone wearing a tshirt about how thei
Juli Rahel
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I decided to request this book from Netgalley because I felt I owed it to all the people who loved 'Fifty Shades of Grey' to inform myself about it more before ripping it to shreds. After letting some time pass, I find I am quite ambivalent about it. On the one hand, I quite liked it in the way you like anything that has something of the forbidden or taboo about it. On the other hand, it was a terrible let down in that it wasn't very well-written and, to be honest, wasn't as forbidden or taboo a ...more
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Dec) I am not sure how to shelve this. I'm not sure what I expected this book to be - was it going to be 50 salacious stories in the BDSM/erotic genre? Was it going to be 50 reviews either praising or slamming 50 Shades? I didn't know, but I was curious. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed reading most of the thoughts shared in this book. It is split into 7 sections - about erotic fiction, romance, sex, bdsm, writing, fan fiction, and pop culture, as well as two mini stories - one disturb ...more
Kathie (katmom)
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and SmartPop for giving me the opportunity to read FIFTY WRITERS ON FIFTY SHADES OF GREY.

Since these are short articles on the FSoG phenomenon, it's hard to pinpoint what to say about the book.

Those authors that kept on topic were interesting. But many of the contributors used this book as a soapbox to spout things that really didn't have anything to do with FSoG. They went off on tangents that had me wondering just what the heck they were writing about. It was an interesting
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: hot-and-bothered
50 essays is about 20 too many, but I liked reading some intelligent analysis by people who had actually read 50 Shades. I was interested in the concept of Christian Grey as the successor to Mr. Darcy, Heathcliff, Rhett Butler, etc. as the Byronic hero. Also, I really had no idea about the world of erotic publishing, which apparently had fallen on hard times until FSOG came along to rescue it. Who knew that there was a difference between erotica and erotic romance? (FSOG is the latter.)More than ...more
Duchess Nicole
Copy provided by Smart Pop via Net Galley for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

I think at this point we're all pretty much sick of the subject of Fifty Shades. For me, it's the negativity surrounding the trilogy and the gall of people to behave like children when it comes to this subject. I was so very tired of politely ignoring all of the people out there who used Fifty as their first foray into erotica/BDSM/or even romance and proceeded to belittle and shame anyone remotely connected to it. So when I
Paula  Phillips
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book, I knew right then and there that it was one that I wanted to read . A book that would have me engrossed from the very first page and I was absolutely correct, though some essays were a tad disturbing and some a bit too educational for my liking , the majority of the essays were OUTSTANDING And AMAZING. If you love psychology and delving in the unknowns of a book , analysing the book in it's pages. Then SmartPop Books who are producing Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades , i ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting collection of differing views about the “Fifty Shades” series from the ideas about erotica in fictional literature to the romance of erotica, from psychological aspect of BDSM and more.
It’s one of those books where I found myself
agreeing and wowed from differing views.
I liked the concept and how well this was put together. This is a book for both women (and men), for those who
hated or loved the series.
Donna Brown
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have no desire to read Fifty Shades of Grey but it’s in the media and social media so much at the moment that you can’t escape it. I am really interested to see what people think of Fifty Shades of Grey and that’s the reason I decided to read this book. Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey does exactly what it says on the tin. Fifty authors share their thoughts about the book. Some love it, some hate it, some are indifferent, but many people acknowledge that it’s done a lot to bring sex into ...more
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Smart Pop Books through NetGalley

Divided into six sections, this book analyses the Fifty Shades of Grey books and phenomena from every conceivable angle. The literary merits and quality of the writing are discussed; the book is compared to and given its place in a long history of romantic and erotic literature; publishers comment on the randomness of the success this book achieved. Lawyers evaluate the content and the value of the contract Christian Grey wants Ana to si
Trader (RedHotBlueReads)
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey

In Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, 50 writers—from romance and erotica authors, to real-world BDSM practitioners, to adult entertainment industry professionals—continue the conversation regarding the impact of the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey series from E.L. James.

I have not read the Fifty Shades of Grey, and I doubt I will. I have been listening to the conversations regarding “mommy porn” and “pull to publish.” When I looked at the
Matt Williams
May 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Read enough of this book to confirm what I originally thought. . .lame, shite and annoying. A book about a woman falling in love with a twisted creep (because he's business man in a suit that makes it alright then? Patrick Bateman. . . ) Full of meant to shock sex scenes, which are just lame btw. And full of bondage, sadomasochism, and general strange and weird shit. Sounds like it wouldn't be too bad, right? Yeah, well. . .it is. Now . . .I don't see anything wrong with people engaging in whate ...more
Betty Karl
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the 50 Shades trilogy
Disclaimer: This was the first book I won from Goodreads. Also, I had already read 50 Shades trilogy months ago - and I liked it.

This book is a collection of essays by writers, most of whom are in the erotica writing/publishing community, analyzing the 50 Shades trilogy. I found most of the essays interesting, some went off on different directions and discussed BDSM more than the they did the story of Ana and Christian. One essay was a spoof of the trilogy, which I really thought was clever. One
Stacey Conrad
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed this writers take on the Fifty Shades phenomena. No matter what your take on the "original" book is, this commentary was quite interesting. The opinions found in here are as varied as the ones on the net and other public venues. Some are are derogatory, and others sing high praises, others still, engage in true literary criticism. I'd not thought of Mr. Grey as a Byronic hero--but that idea certainly has merit.

I was not able to finish the complete Fifty series, my incrediblity factor f
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book. I enjoyed read what everyones take was. Very interesting and informative.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across a mention of this book in something else I was reading and decided to try it. I did try reading Fifty Shades of Grey when it was first becoming popular and didn't find it held my attention but I've wondered since whether I gave it a real chance. So I decided to read this book to see if I could understand why the book and in fact the trilogy has capture the public imagination in across the world.

This collection of fifty people writing about why they think the Fifty Shades phenomenon
Oct 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
Just received this in the mail today after winning it in the Goodreads contest-
Haven't read very much of it yet.
One of the first things I did was check out the Table of Contents. At the end is has "Appendix: At Least Fifty Books You Should Read". I immediately went to that section to see what was recommended and if I had already read some of them. Imagine my surprise when there were NO books listed.
I sure hope they get that fixed before the final version goes on sale.
Off to go read some more.
Linda L
Nov 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Sick of hearing about a badly written book that has no 'flow' and is boring to the max? Me too! Even reading at least one book every two days when I tried to keep up with the different genres while working as a Librarian (30 years), I have never been so bored with a novel. Let's hope that the hype is over!
Kern Hough

Ok I may be only one of a few men to read this book.
I enjoyed the book but felt the actual writing could have been better.
The ending left me feeling the author was leaving it open to do another book
Or continue the story. Then again I've always been a sucker for a happy ending
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
*ARC received from Netgalley on October 7th 2012*
Margaret Mccormick
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness! grey is demonic.
Ynaz Dot
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Meehn. Ur one of kinda huh.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This really is a must-read for the intellectually curious (yes, I just linked intellectual with Fifty Shades of Grey) who have read, and loved, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. When I first read Fifty Shades of Grey, it was the second book I had read in several, several years. Historically, I've been a read-for-eductional-purposes reader, or the very rare everyone-is-reading-it-so-I'm-now-curious-too book occasion. I had joined Audible to get an audio book for a vacation (I'm a big fan of liste ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
from the library
every time I get this, I read a few more chapters/essays and I like it even better.

Introduction: Fifty ways to look at fifty shades / by Lori Perkins -- Between the covers / by M.J. Rose -- This is the story / by Tiffany Reisz -- The game changer / by M. Christian -- Fifty shades of change / by Louise Fury -- The brown paper bag / by Sylvia Day -- Labels, schmabels, Ill take the publicity! / by Lucy Felthouse -- Porn writer on the PTA / by Rachel Kenley -- Is Fifty sha
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
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This book is a collection of thoughts from fifty erotica writers, and their take on E.L. James’ Fifty Shades trilogy.

Though the way they told their stories were different from each other, all fifty erotic romance writers share the same trail of thoughts: E.L. James’ hugely popular Fifty Shades trilogy widened the avenue for erotic romance novels to seek out audiences.

This book is informative and insightful. It narrated the story of fifty erotica write
Nancy Goldberg Wilks
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received an Advance Review Copy of Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey, edited by Lori Perkins. I found a fair number of errors remaining in the book - a distracting stumbling block for an OCD comma (and other grammar) perfectionist like me.

Although the Table of Contents suggested thought out, orderly presentation of the materials, for the most part, there did not appear to be much organization or flow in the presentation of the different essays.

In addition, a number of the included entries
N.B. In this case, the "someone else's porn" shelf refers to the text around which the anthology revolves.

One otherwise ordinary day at the library, I approached this book as Pandora did that mysterious box all those millennia ago. Imagining but not truly knowing what lay inside, I plucked this book from its shelf, took it home...and opened the pages.

Unlike Pandora, I didn't unleash a plague of evils upon the world. (At least, I don't think I did.) I did, however, come face-to-face with some ter
E. L. James created a firestorm with her online story “Master of the Universe”, a fanfic she freely admitted was based on the popular “Twilight” couple, Bella and Edward. When she decided to package it for sale as “Fifty Shades of Grey”, the amount of attention garnered was no less staggering.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” was instantly appealing. Now the trilogy is no longer merely books. It is a cultural and social phenomenon that has united people across the globe in furious discussion, debate, onli
Thanks to the publisher and goodreads for a free copy!

So, let's get this out of the way first: I think 50 Shades of Grey has exactly zero redeeming qualities.

But there are also a lot of issues surrounding 50 Shades that are so important to talk about (such as abusive relationship dynamics) or fascinating (like the legal implications of publishing fanfic).

And I bring this up because much as I'd like to be totally neutral and write my review of 50 Writers... in a bubble, that's not going to happe
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Fifty writers and fifty clearly different viewpoints! A series of essays about 50SoG with contributors varying from authors to editors, from sex therapists to lawyers, from literary agents to Fanfic contributors/leaders. The whole gamut of a rainbow of opinion - and I loved it!!

Yes, there were one or two slightly boring essays, but this was only in comparison with the others in the book; but the majority were interesting without being repetitive, and whether loving or hating 50SoG, the informati
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Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books and founder of L. Perkins Agency. Author of the #MeToo anthology, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey as well as Hungry for Your Love, and 30 other erotic romance anthologies.

Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. We publish e-books, print, and audio books under 12
“Is there a secret? Yes. Anaïs Nin and Pauline Réage and Anne Rampling and Erica Jong all knew it. E. L. James knows it.
It is the secret behind all of our writing. And our reading. Arousal starts in the mind. And grows in the mind. The brain is the most erogenous zone in a woman’s body. That is our secret. And it is what we share.”
“owning your sexuality is a big part of equality.” 6 likes
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