What I Learned from The (Book) Group

  • Cecilia Konchar Farr
Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)


While we’re on the topic of how seeing books as feminine can undermine our evaluations of their significance, I’d like to turn, for a moment, to Fifty Shades of Grey. There it was again in the New York Times Book Review (September 21, 2014), as it has been for years now: Fifty Shades of Grey, along with Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, on the trade paperback fiction list. To the trade—that’s the fancy list, the Simone de Beauvoir list from chapter 1. For a while these three were numbers 1, 2, and 3; now they’re down to 5, 14, and 15.1 Before they crept over to this list, they first dominated the combined print and e-book bestseller list. And again I wondered, as I have for years, as many of you probably wonder as well: WHY?


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