September 14, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey sold out
SHELDON WILLIAMS, STAFF REPORTER
Store owners reorder books as readers empty shelves
School may have resumed last week but the most sought-after book in stores was not a prescribed text. It was Fifty Shades of Grey, a novel about a billionaire who falls for a normal girl that has got store owners constantly reordering copies to meet demand.
The novel has had store owners scampering to reorder copies to restock shelves with demand seeming to outweighing the supply. Women continue to be the main purchasers of the novel which is the first in a three-part series.
THE weekend STAR sought insight into the popularity of the fiction which has female readers hooked on the book.
A representative from Sangster's Book Stores on King Street admitted to THE weekend STAR that she has not read the book as yet but confirmed that as the books arrive, they are sold almost instantaneously.
The woman who spoke on terms of anonymity, citing Christianity as her reason to remain unnamed, explained to THE weekend STAR that the shelves seemed bare without the novel.
"They sold out and people keep coming back for them," the representative remarked.
She also added that when the book was in stock, at least 10 copies were sold daily.
Interestingly, she added that, "Just looking at it, it's a black book. You wouldn't believe why it is so hot."
Moreover, a representative from the Book and Stationary Place told a similar story.
"As soon as we put them on the shelf,they're gone.We haven't had any in stock for a while," she outlined.
Interestingly, our news team was told that one was still on the shelf but soon after checks were made and we were told, "it sold inno."
Kingston Bookshop revealed that "over a six-month period, 240 copies were sold for book one".
Donna, who admitted to have read the book, had nothing short of praises for the written work.
When asked what was her motivation for reading, she responded, "The fantasy most women dream about."
She continued, "A male friend bought me the first one and I was hooked, so I purchased the other two."
She was quick to add, "the husband benefited 'cause after reading, he definitely got some," she chuckled.
Kelly told THE weekend STAR: "it's like a Cinderalla story but the only difference is that it is like porn."
A book review on streetarticles.com illustrates that the book has found huge success among women worldwide.
According to the review, "this book is authored by a British author E. L. James, and set largely in Seattle, it is the first book out of the series which recounts the deepening relationship between a college graduate and a young businessman Christian Grey."
In the book, Anastasia Steele is required to sign a contract that allows Grey to have complete control of her life which included fulfilling any desire Grey had in the bedroom. Grey was in to BDSM, bondage and sadism and for Steele, who was still a virgin all this seemed very overwhelming at first.
The website continued, "The Telegraph wrote that the sexual politics in the Fifty Shades of Grey will be discussed among the female readers for years to come, it really is a must-read novel for what it's worth and it is not just a flash in the pan. The book really is that captivating and amazing to read."
The other titles in the series are Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.