We all know by now that 50 Shades of Grey is based on a Twilight fanfic so there really was no hope that it might actually be good.
For some reason though, I do hope that the 50 Shades of Grey parody, “Fifty Shames of Earl Grey” by Fanny Merkin, will be better. I haven’t read the book (yet) and am basing my judgement on this description:
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, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?
Merkin’s version of BDSM sounds like a nerdy night of Dungeons and Dragons, so obviously Earl Grey is pretty much winning at everything. Also, who doesn’t love wandering the vast expanses of Walmart on a Saturday? You can find the oddest things at Walmart for cheap, like My Little Pony tank tops and loofahs that change colour in warm water. As a result, I obviously have high hopes for this book.
Who am kidding? Of course it will be better. The 8-year-old I babysit can write a better story than 50 Shades of Grey.
I also think this warrants starting a book club and reading it together. I’ll just start printing out flyers for the 50 Shades of Grey husband support groups.