SURVEY: “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic fiction paperback and e-book by E.l. James.  If you have read it, we invite you to take this survey and share your reactions to the book(s).


Fifty Shades of Grey
 is an erotic romance, the first volume in a trilogy. It was released simultaneously as an e-book and a print-on-demand paperback in June 2011 by The Writers’ Coffee Shop, a virtual publisher based in Australia. The second volume, Fifty Shades Darker, was released in September 2011, and the third, Fifty Shades Freed, followed in January 2012.

Set largely in Seattle, the trilogy traces the deepening relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of BDSM.

Fifty Shades of Grey reached No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List on 7 March 2012 (combined print and e-books) and by 21 March 2012 the trilogy held the top three positions.

The breakout success of Fifty Shades of Grey is expected to encourage the mainstream publication both of more female erotica, which we believe would be a very good thing.

In the meantime, if you’ve read the book(s), we want to know what you thought about them.