Fifty Shades of Grey – What would the response if it had been written by a young, single man?

December 16, 2012

Dead Man's HandOur guest blog post is by Luke Murphy author of Dead Man’s Hand (4.8 stars, 20 reviews).

This is the latest phenomenon. It seems that this series of novels has taken the world by storm and it’s all people can talk about.

The great thing about E.L. James’ books is that there is no set market. I’ve spoken with middle age mothers, men, and senior citizens who have all read the books and enjoyed them immensely.

I totally understand the attraction. Sex sells. People are naturally curious over this content, want to be a part of the worldwide craze and can be lured in.

Ms. James has become an overnight sensation and is an inspiration to authors all over the world. She took her books from Fan Fiction, to Print-on-Demand, to an ultimate success, selling over 30 million copies and topping the bestsellers charts—a true example of Viral Marketing. Aspiring writers can look up to her and realize that anything is possible.

People have asked me if my upcoming novel is like these books and although I have not personally read the Fifty Shades of Grey books, I have read a lot of the reviews and I have spoken to a lot of people who have.

I can honestly say, “No”, Dead Man’s Hand is nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey.

But I am curious to know: What would the response be to Fifty Shades of Grey had it been written by a young, single man?

Would it be just as accepted?

I’m just wondering. Any thoughts?

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One Response to Fifty Shades of Grey – What would the response if it had been written by a young, single man?

  1. December 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Honestly if they were anything like they are now I’d still think the world has gone stupid and that these books were a complete waste of energy used to print and read them. I guess if you’re Sussie Homemaker though and haven’t really read any good erotica it would seem “hot” and “amazing” but I have read much better than these.

    I guess this author does encourage authors as well. I now know if this author can become a published author with the material that she has produced so can I. ;)

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