'Fifty Shades' Book Trilogy Hits 10 Million in Sales

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From The HollyWood Reporter

Publisher Vintage says "astonishing" sales account for as much as 25 percent of adult fiction sales.

Vintage Books, an imprint of publisher Knopf Doubleday, said Tuesday that the erotic trilogyFifty Shades has hit 10 million in sales, just six weeks after arriving in stores.

Knopf has had to go back to press for 60 printings to meet demand. Meanwhile, Universal and Focus Features won a multimillion-dollar bidding war for movie rights.

Amazon announced this month that Fifty Shades of Grey, the first book in the trilogy by E.L. James, had supplanted The Hunger Games as its best-selling book of 2012. The three books in the series also top The New York TimesUSA Today andPublisher’s Weekly best-seller lists. 

 “This is an astonishing number,” said Anthony Chirico, president of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. “The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured 25 percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks. As we head into the heart of the summer reading season, sales are likely to continue exceeding even our most optimistic forecasts.”
 The novels tell the story of Anastasia, a college student (and virgin) who gets involved in a romantic relationship with the slightly older billionaire Christian Grey that involves S&M and bondage.
James originally wrote the novels as Twilight fan fiction that she posted on the web, before reworking stories with original characters. A small Australian publishing house issued ebook editions, which generated healthy but not unusually large sales.
 Vintage Books acquired English-language publication and audio rights to the Fifty Shades trilogy in February. The Vintage eBook editions were published in March, the Vintage trade paperback edition of Fifty Shades of Grey was published April 3, and the Vintage trade paperback editions of Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed were published April 17. In the weeks following the Vintage publications, rights to the novels have been sold in 37 countries.
 The New York Times set off an explosion of interest when it dubbed the series "mommy porn" and cited its popularity among trend-setting new mothers in the city.
 An intense bidding war for the movie rights ensued. Universal and Focus Features reportedly paid $5 million for the rights, despite demands for script and casting approval from James.

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Comment by erin vega on May 23, 2012 at 8:45pm

Wow to cool. Now I am wondering if I should read it LOL

Comment by BB Cullen on May 23, 2012 at 10:35pm
@ erin vega you have to read it!! It is Awesome!! You wont be able to put it down!!
Comment by Robertfanxxxx on May 24, 2012 at 12:55am
I am fading the trilogy and I can't put it down!! Rob to play grey!! I wish Robsten a long, healthy and happy
Iive and successful career. I will love you Robsten forever and always!! Xxxxxxxxx
Comment by kady_cullen on May 24, 2012 at 1:22am
wow! a twilight fanfiction beats the hunger games. this is when you realize that the power of twilight is just so breathtaking.
Comment by Eclipse on May 24, 2012 at 6:29am

I can't believe I was reading this as the "Master of the Universe" version on Icy's blog about 2 years ago...it is incredible how far she has come since then.  Good on her! I feel like a proud mother! LOL...

Comment by BB Cullen on May 24, 2012 at 10:53pm
@Eclipse I totally Agree!!
Comment by Mysteria1132 on June 4, 2012 at 8:35am

This is a fantastic Trilogy book.  Fifty Shades of Grey & Darker should be a certificate 18, it's soo steamy about bondage etc.... Not for the young teenager.  These books i cannot put down they are soooooo good.  Fantastic books, i don't regret buying them at all.  I'm now on the 3rd and last book called Fifty Shades Freed Mia Christian's sister her character reminds me of Alice from Twilight She's so bubbly and full of energy and enthusiasm.  Christian i haven't a clue who should play him, maybe Ryan Goslin? i don't know and Ana i just haven't a clue. 

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