We’ve been discussing the Fifty Shades phenomenon for some time now, and the Fifty frenzy reached critical mass this week with pop therapist Dr. Drew weighing in on what he thought of the first book in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades of Grey.
The critical mass has reached its logical outcome, with a major American publisher purchasing the rights to the book. The New York Times reports,
This week, Vintage Books, part of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, known for its highbrow literary credentials, won a bidding war for the rights to all three books, paying a seven-figure sum.
[T]he publisher will release new e-book editions of the trilogy. Weeks later will come a 750,000-copy print run of redesigned paperback editions.
Do you think this is a good thing for romance novels in general, and sexier ones in specific? How do you think your non-romance reading relative or neighbor will react after devouring Fifty Shades of Grey?