Hottest Book In The World Is Erotic 'Mommy Porn' Novel That Started As Twilight Fan-Fic

Fifty Shades of Grey

via Huffington Post Books

Over the weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey hit the top-selling spots on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and became a New York Times bestseller. That's a lot of traction for a book released by a tiny indie publisher in Australia. 

It's so hot that Random House has bought the book, and it's two sequels, in a seven-figure deal.

So what do we know about Fifty Shades of Grey? It's a romance novel, but it's not a standard bodice-ripper. It's BDSM erotica, which isn't bad--except some people are calling it "mommy porn." I have no idea what that means, and I was going to do some research to figure it out, but then I decided I was better off not knowing. 

That's not the best part, though. Fifty Shades of Grey, currently the hottest-selling book in the world, started as Twilight fan fiction.

I'll give you a second to let that sink in. 

On the off chance you're not familiar with fan-fic, it's when you take other people's characters and write new stories about them. Author E.L. James, a television executive from London, was apparently so inspired by Twilight that she re-appropriated the characters of Edward and Bella for a new story called Master of the Universe

Then she changed the characters' names and released it as Fifty Shades of Grey

Here's the plot summary: 

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

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Bradley Sands's picture
Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs March 12, 2012 - 3:59pm

I am baffled.

Victory Grey's picture
Victory Grey from Southern California is reading Cloud Atlas/The Road/Haunted March 12, 2012 - 4:17pm

I guess now I can count today as officially ruined.

Dwayne's picture
Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 12, 2012 - 4:28pm

I'm oddly reassured. If this has a market, someone some place wants to read my stuff.

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Sheldon Nylander from Venice is reading A Game of Thrones, History of God, The Wind's Twelve Quarters March 12, 2012 - 4:58pm

It doesn't surprise me. I heard a while ago that some of the biggest ebook sales come from romance and erotica because it's easier to hide what you're reading, and can even read it in public without drawing attention. Unless it's a book on tape...on an industrial level stereo...

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 12, 2012 - 7:07pm

Funny because one of the hottest things to hit the adult film industry was their parodies of popular sitcoms and films. Why wouldn't this make a good idea? Too many people don't want to learn about new characters. They want the characters they know and love to be in different situations. Gregory Maguire anyone?

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SGJ from Midland, Texas (but in Boulder, Colorado, now) is reading weird fiction and horror fiction and science fiction and literary fiction and innovative fiction, or maybe a romance or a western or a magazine on bowhunting or show trucks or anthropology March 12, 2012 - 8:08pm

hunh, neat. maychance I'll buy it, see what the fuss is about.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs March 12, 2012 - 11:25pm

But it doesn't use the Twilight characters although it started that way.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts March 13, 2012 - 12:55pm

I actually kinda like that premise.