Fifty Shades of Grey is one of three novels written by English writer E.L. James. Fifty Shades Darker is the second installment while Fifty Shades Freed is the third. The first of the three books came out in 2011 with the last two following suit a year later.
Tagged as a novel under the erotic romance category, 50 Shades of Grey PDF tells the story of Anastasia Steele, a senior college student and Christian Grey, a young and rich businessman and their intense relationship. Despite the graphic nature of the material, the novel has been read in 52 different languages and has been cited as among the greatest-selling books in the history of paperback. To date, more than a hundred million Fifty Shades copies have been sold, with the novel topping the best-seller list in many different countries. These include the USA and the UK.
The immense popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey has gotten many book critics surprised especially since most of the reviews made concluded that literarily speaking, the quality of this particular E.L. James work is inferior. Still, the novel appears to have stirred a subject that many people are still awkward with – what goes on in the bedroom, and not just plain encounters, but hard, intense and passionate, one that borders on deviation.
In the US, experts believe that Fifty Shades has revealed that side of Americans that they still have difficulties dealing with. Despite the image of being liberalists, many people, notably Americans, still find this topic and everything related to it as taboo and should only be discussed privately between the two parties involved.
The author, Erika Lenard Mitchell who used EL James as her pen name, expressed shock upon hearing of the huge success that her 2011 masterpiece has created. She admitted, though, that the book was the totality of all her fantasies, serving as the perfect outlet during her midlife crisis.
Not too many people are perhaps aware of this, but Fifty Shades of Grey was initially successful when it originally came out in e-book format. EL James worked on the e-book herself, largely through self-publication, with the material eventually gaining the needed popularity.