50 Fast Facts About Fifty Shades of Grey

It’s an international best-seller, a raunchy musical, and a major R-rated motion picture. It is the fastest-selling paperback book of all time (that is now part of a trilogy), and it is a franchise worth millions.

Fifty Shades of Grey has taken the world by storm over the last several years, and with the film coming out in a few weeks, everyone is talking about the books all over again.

Here’s my rundown of 50 fast facts you should know about Fifty Shades of Grey.

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#1: “Civilization ends: E.L. James named Publishers Weekly’s ‘Person of the Year,’” New York Daily News

#9: “What does Tess of the D’Urbervilles Have in Common with Fifty Shades? Abuse,” Jane Eyre’s Legacy

#12: “Fifty Shades of Success: Behind the (Sex) Scenes With E.L. James,” Huffington Post

#15: “The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey,” AdWeek.com

#18: “‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ author: ‘Midlife crisis’ led to steamy novel,” Today.com; “E.L. James on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: ‘It’s all about fantasies,'” Metro.us

#20: “50 Shades makes EL James world’s highest-earning author,” The Guardian

#21: “Fifty Shades of Grey Release Date Pushed Back to February 13, 2015—Just in Time for Valentine’s Day!” EOnline

#22: “The World’s 100 Most Influential People: 2012,” Time.com

#23: “The World’s Top-Earning Authors: With ‘50 Shades,’ E.L. James Debuts At No. 1,” Forbes

#24: “‘Mummy porn’ Fifty Shades Of Grey outstrips Harry Potter to become fastest selling paperback of all time,” Daily Mail

#25: “EL James’ ‘50 Shades Of Grey’ Breaks Kindle Records With 1m Sales,” Entertainment Wise

#26: “EL James comes out on top at National Book awards,” The Guardian

#27: “Hotel replaces Bible with ‘50 Shades of Grey,'” Fox News

#29: “Sir Salman Rushdie: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey makes Twilight look like War and Peace,'” The Telegraph

#30: “‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’: Is The Hottest-Selling Book In America Really Just ‘S&M For Dummies?’” Huffington Post

#31: “The ‘mommy porn’ seducing women,” The New Zealand Herald

#32: “To the women of America: 4 reasons to hate 50 Shades of Grey,” The Matt Walsh Blog

#33: “Florida County Library Lifts Ban on ‘50 Shades of Grey,’” ABC News

#34: “Women who read Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely to have abusive partners and eating disorders, study finds,” The Independent

#35: “Universal Acquires Movie Rights to Trilogy of Erotic Novels,” Media Decoder

#37: “Fifty Shades of Grey Has Officially Been Rated!” ComingSoon.net

#39: “Sam Taylor-Johnson,” IMDB.com

#41: “‘Off the Cuff’ Podcast: Tippi Hedren Battles Drug Dealers On Way to D.C.” Hollywood Reporter

#42: “Did Don Johnson Slam ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey?’ Dakota Johnson’s Dad Calls Anastasia Steele Role A ‘Blip’” International Business Times

#43: “Jamie Dornan visited a sex dungeon to prepare for ‘Fifty Shades,’” Entertainment Weekly

#44: “Jamie Dornan Defends the Romantic Aspect of ‘50 Shades of Grey,'” ABC News

#45: “Fifty Shades of Grey producer reveals they will make TWO versions: One restrained and one more gritty for fans who ‘want it dirty,'” Daily Mail

#46: “If a Book Annoys You, Ridicule It in Song,” New York Times; “L.A. Theater Review: ‘50 Shades! The Musical,'” Variety

#48: “‘Fifty Shades’ author delights fans at Comic-Con,” Yahoo News

#49: “Interview: Betty Dodson,” SimplySxy.com; “Now ‘50 Shades of Grey’ is Tickling the Mental Clitorises of Women Across the Nation,” DodsonAndRoss.com

#50: “The Space in Between,” New Yorker