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March 6th, 2012 (09:17 pm)

TWILIGHT fanfic author turns to originals, writes BDSM novels that catch fire among Manhattan mommy set.

Michele Yogel devoured all 1,200- plus hot-andheavy pages of the “Fifty Shades” trilogy in less than two weeks.

“I couldn’t put it down,” admits Yogel, 33, who shooed away mom friends at her son’s school pickup because she didn’t want to be distracted from her reading.

“I’d be sitting on my couch at 7 a.m. with my two kids while they’re watching cartoons and drinking milk, and I’d be reading it on the Kindle app on my phone,” she says.

Which wouldn’t be a big deal —except for this Upper East Side mom was engrossed in a triple-X novel about a 27-year-old billionaire, Christian Grey, who seduces college grad Anastasia Steele and trains her to become his submissive sex slave.

“The last book I read was ‘The Help,’ ” says Yogel. “You know ... normal, mainstream stuff.”

“Fifty Shades,” an erotica trilogy dubbed“mommy porn” by some, is rapidly becoming a cult hit among Manhattan women, who are exchanging well-worn paperback copies and excited whispers about the book’s “red room of pain” (a sex playroom) while meeting at Fred’s at Barneys or parent-teacher conference nights at school.

It’s like “Twilight” for the grown-up set. Except, you know, with lots of sex instead of vampires and abstinence.

I cannot decide which of the above sentences is my favorite. (No, actually, I can. But it's not one of those sentences. It's this one, from deeper in the article: "The second and third books explore Grey and Steele’s deepening bond as they find true love outside the constraints of a BDSM contract, with a few plot points like an attempted kidnapping and lots of private-jet travel (don’t fret, the sex barely misses a beat).")

The author, E.L. James, is from the UK, works as a tv executive, and has two teen sons. The books are "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker," and "Fifty Shades Freed;" they're published as e-books and print on demand by what the article describes as "a small Australian publishing house." Has anybody optioned "The Captive Prince" yet?

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Posted by: madripoor_rose (madripoor_rose)
Posted at: March 7th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)

Should we be expecting another Oh John Ringo No style book report any time soon? heh

Posted by: Mara (marag)
Posted at: March 7th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Quaint categories

I strongly suspect these books are less scary than the ones that spawned Oh John Ringo No. Of course, I could be wrong...

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 8th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
oh john ringo no

Less scary, but also way less interesting, because basically nothing happens. I gave the first book a look. I don't know what I was expecting, but it's pretty dull.

John Ringo may have spoiled me.

Posted by: Doqz (doqz)
Posted at: March 7th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC)

It's always the frakiest fandoms too, that disgorge professionals - Harry Potter, now Twilight. I am shocked that no one from Supernatural has broken through yet.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 7th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)

I liked the first couple seasons of SPN! The fandom *scares the everloving piss out of me.*

I don't follow bandom much; has it produced many professional writers? One writer I know got an original novel out that was inspired by bandom and other characters, but I don't know if anyone else has done the whole bandom to original novels route.

Posted by: silk_noir (silk_noir)
Posted at: March 7th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Oops Girl


Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: March 7th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)

I am guessing that it is porn that is, um, so compelling that you read it even during childcare activities. Or maybe porn for Twilight moms.

Or porn that emphasizes the joy of motherhood? This is Twilight fandom! That's totally possible!

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