Mommy porn Fifty Shades trilogy, breaks weekly paperback sales record, with all three books selling more than 100,000 copies in seven days.
E L James, a London-based former TV executive, is now the first author
ever to see three of her books sell more than 100,000 printed copies in
just one week. She has also broken the weekly sales record for a
paperback novel after the first book in the trilogy sold 205,130 copies
in seven days, beating the previous record of 141,000.
she looks set to continue smashing sales records: after just two months,
paperback sales for the first novel now total 765,000, a number Dan
Brown's The Da Vinci Code, the bestselling paperback of all time, took over six months to reach.
of the Fifty Shades series have been nothing short of phenomenal and
records are tumbling," said Philip Stone, charts editor of book trade
magazine The Bookseller, predicting that the first novel would have sold
a million copies by the end of June. "Of course this is just sales of
the physical, print edition. It is no doubt breaking ebook download
records too, meaning Fifty Shades of Grey is perhaps the fastest-selling adult novel of all time," added Stone.
The story of the submissive-dominant relationship between a
literature student and a business executive, which started life as fan fiction,
the Fifty Shades trilogy has sold over 2.75m copies in the UK, on top
of sales of 15m copies sold in the US and Canada. The trilogy, the
fastest-selling books of the year in the UK, has already been reprinted
16 times in the UK and publisher Arrow has just signed off on an
additional reprint of 2.75m copies.
Reader reviews are
split between the rapturous and the dismissive: of 1,215 write-ups on
Amazon, around 600 readers gave it five stars, while 330 plumped for
just one. "We particularly enjoyed the way Christian manages most of his
sexual exploits either fully dressed (just a quick unzipping and a coy
fiddle with a 'foil packet') or with his shirt (always white linen)
still on, while Ana bit her lip, and breathed 'Oh my!' for the umpteenth
time. So, really, this is as bad as people say – but for barely more than two quid it managed to provide hours of derisive laughter," wrote one reader.
It matters not though for this book is review proof and the author must be laughing all the way to the Ann Summers store.