Rants and raves on ''Fifty Shades of Grey,'' lusty literature, and more

By EW Staff
Updated April 13, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Risqué Business

When I saw your Fifty Shades of Grey cover, I was grinning like an idiot! I love that E L James strives to retain her anonymity in a time of shameless fame-seekers. It’s refreshing to see that some people still wish to keep the attention focused solely on their hard work!
Yolanda Campbell
Las Vegas

As the mother of an 8-year-old girl, I have a bone to pick with you about this week’s issue. You’ve got a nearly nude woman on the cover hyping Fifty Shades of Grey. How am I supposed to add EW to my magazine holder and avoid awkward questions from my daughter? Thank goodness ”The Beek Is Back”! I’ll fold the magazine to that article about James Van Der Beek and look forward to sharing with her the awesomeness that was Dawson’s Creek!
Brenda Scott
Topsfield, Mass.

I’ve been trying to get a novel with original content published for nearly three years. Clearly I’m going about it all wrong. Therefore I’m going to take Gone With the Wind, change some of the names, add some mad sex scenes, and call it Fifty Maids in Grey. Please alert the publishing industry and Hollywood.
Tara Dublin
Portland, Ore.

The Ship Sails On
I was glad to find an article about the rerelease of Titanic in 3-D and James Cameron’s opinions on it (News and Notes). It’s one of my top five favorite films, but I was only 5 years old when it came out. So of course I’m excited to have the opportunity to see it in theaters. I think too many people are focusing on the fact that it’s a 3-D rerelease and not enough on the fact that some generations, like mine, simply get to see it on the big screen.
Talia Nemeth
Saskatoon, Canada

Massaging the Truth
So Lifetime thinks The Client List is unique and shows ”all aspects of being a woman” (Hollywood Insider)? Looks to me like it’s the same old woman as sex object/woman who has no identity apart from her man premise that’s been done to death. You want something unique? How about a show about a woman who doesn’t have to have sex for ratings and isn’t focused on a man for her happiness?
Jeni Heneghan
Jacksonville, Fla.

In Praise of Prose
Thank you for highlighting the excellent books department in the Editor’s Note. I read EW cover to cover every week, but I always head straight to The Bullseye and then turn to the book reviews. Your department has become my No. 1 trusted source for finding good reads, be they books I’ve heard of but haven’t yet picked up or little-known gems that have been lost in the Internet age’s crush of information. Keep up the good work.
Tyler Connoley
Silver City, N.M.

Libby Gelman-Waxner’s hilarious dissection of The Hunger Games made me spew my coffee. Her wit is as sharp as one of Katniss’ arrows.
Melody Ortiz
Cornelius, Ore.

More Lusty Literature
Fifty Shades of Grey is all the rage now, but readers recall the days before they could bury their racy novel of choice in the confines of a Kindle. Below, some infamous books that got them hot and bothered.

Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
Once banned by countries like France and New Zealand for being obscene, this tragic story of a man and his preteen object of obsession became a best-seller and an unlikely American classic.

Terry Southern & Mason Hoffenberg (1958)
Everybody wants Candy, and the naive all-American girl is more than willing to oblige. Playboy called the near-pornographic parody of Voltaire’s Candide one of the 25 sexiest novels ever written.

The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
Anne Rice, as A.N. Roquelaure (1983, 1984, 1985)
Who needs vampires when you’ve got a grown-up Sleeping Beauty? In this trio of tales, Beauty embarks on sadomasochistic escapades after being awakened by a prince’s kiss.

Nicholson Baker (1993)
Baker’s foxy novel, penned as a phone conversation between two people who meet on a pay-per-minute sex line, skips the pleasantries of plot development and instead gets right down to the dirty details.


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