By now you’ve heard about 50 Shades of Grey, the steamy, smutty Bondage-Domination-Sadism-Masochism (BDSM) book that the NY Times described as “Mommy porn,” that flew off Watchung Booksellers’ shelves.
But here’s what you may not know: The book started out as a Twilight fan-fiction. Yes, Mr. Grey is actually a bad-ass version of Edward Cullen. Ana is Bella with an erotic update. And the original title of this fine piece of literature was Master of the Universe.
Master of the Universe came out chapter by chapter a few years ago on fanfiction.net. (Poof! Now it’s gone). Author E.L. James changed the title and the character names when she released her cheap (I am referring to the price) e-book trilogy on Amazon. James was surely thinking, Bye, bye bangin’ Edward and please don’t sue me Stephenie Meyer. Next, a small British publishing house released 50 Shades of Grey paperbacks which are out of stock almost everywhere. And soon, Knopf (a high-brow house–cough, cough) will release 750,000 hard copies.
I got the scoop from a trusted source who read Masters online. She’s a mother of two who likes to garden. Oh, she also happens to be an Episcopal priest. “The book is very explicit in describing sex,” she said. “I don’t personally practice BDSM–I mean, I don’t have an extra room to set it up.”
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