Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

Book - 2012
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Young, arrogant tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Da Capo, 2012
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
Description: 217 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780306821998
Branch Call Number: Merk


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Aug 02, 2018

Dear Jane: there's a reason why this is called a parody; thus why the characters are so immensely stupid. I'm with Keogh; this was light-hearted lampoonery that touched on pop-culture references from the '80s to the '10s. My own take was that if a good comedy script is supposed to contain 3 jokes per page, then this book delivered. Also, if the original book was that terrible, it would be much better to read this and only this. I gut-laughed all the way through whilst being grateful for having been spared the original.
AND the author's pseudonym was Fanny (English for vagina) Merkin (the little and big screen productions' name for a fake pubic hair wig). I'm embarrassed to admit I did not catch on to that until 3/4s of the way through.

FindingJane Dec 19, 2014

Meet Anna Steal, who meets the fantastically rich Earl Grey by somersaulting on to a desk. He’s swoon worthy and fond of role-playing that involves elf ears. She’s naïve and inexperienced about everything from elevators to self-masturbation. This book is deeply stupid, mainly in that quite a few of its characters seem to be a few I.Q. points short of full adulthood. Given that two characters total their vehicles and someone is so clumsy that she literally crashes into a door, you wonder how any of them managed to survive puberty.

This parody is as obvious as they come, lampooning in broad strokes everything from “Twilight” to the obscene wealth of the one per cent. The book isn’t necessarily laugh-out-loud funny except in spurts but it effectively skewers its source materials. However, it’s picked a rather easy target since a lot of people already see a great deal that’s wrong with the original trilogy of “Fifty Shades of Grey” as well as the material that inspired it. So perhaps it can’t be given too much credit. If you wish a mild chuckle or a snigger or two about this recent phenomenon, by all means give this book a try.

Aug 19, 2014

This was a quick easy read, and it was funny in parts. If you have read any of the books that are parody in this book you will get a smile and a chuckle out of this.

jesslc143 Feb 05, 2014

Reading this was very much like watching one of the Scary Movies, Vampires Suck or The Starving Games.
If you haven't read Fifty Shades of Grey, you may not get some of the references. It also references Twilight.

Oct 11, 2013

Funny and dreadful. You'd have to read the original to really get it, though.

bandblair Jun 29, 2013

Funny enough. Easy short read. Makes fun of Twilight series as well.

Dec 08, 2012

I started laughing early on reading this book, and kept right on throughout. The author Andrew Shaffer, aka Fanny Merkin, thoroughly parodies the horrible writing style of E.L. James and her barely disguised Twilight fanfic 50 Shades trilogy, bringing together two shallow, incredibly stupid people. The billionaire Earl Grey and the college student Anna Steal start out on a twisted relationship of depravity and lunacy, both of them growing more clueless by the page. The writing is deliberately bad (whereas James' writing wasn't meant to be, but turned out that way), completely throwing facts and continuity out the window for laughs, and in that, it succeeds wildly. Twilight and 50 Shades are deserving targets, but Shaffer/Merkin also goes after Tom Cruise, Titanic, and much, much more. I have rolled my eyes frequently at any mention of 50 Shades; I have heard enough about the horrendous writing of the author to not even bother wasting my time reading it. There is plenty of good erotica out there by competent writers, so why bother with her? That said, however, 50 Shades certainly brings out the best in parody writing. This book had me laughing a lot.

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