Fifty Shades of Grey has been the biggest story in the literary world for months. It all started when E.L. James writing was writing Twilight fan fiction to cope with the sexual frustration that can come with a mid-life crisis. Because of its erotic nature, Fifty Shades got spread around and popular, particularly with women over thirty. E.L. James basically is the only person to succeed in making “Mommy Porn”. That’s porn made for moms, not porn featuring moms.
The series, which includes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, has sold thirty-one million copies worldwide. It even broke Harry Potter’s record for fastest selling paperback. Not bad for a story that started as fan fiction and features BDSM. Those are traditionally thought of as niche markets. A movie and a porn-parody are not far off.
Its success has publishers trying to capitalize by putting out an almost carbon copy of the series. Penguin Publishing’s imprint Berkley Books has picked up series Gabriel’s Inferno. The rumor is that Berkley paid author Sylvain Reynard somewhere in the seven figures for the rights.
So what’s this all about? Here’s what the book’s website has to say about it: