Fifty-Gray-posterFifty Shades of Grey, an erotic, bondage and sex fuelled novel by British author E. L. James has made women around the world bite their lips and whipped them into a frenzy.

However, reviews and opinions have been split down the middle, making this the latest marmite of the book world. Do women feel empowered or just plain bored? Here are the stats to see why people Love it or Hate it.

In 2015 Fifty Shades of Grey (film) was released, an erotic romantic drama directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel.

What do Critics Say About The Film?

Think World of Interiors meets The Little Book of Bondage, and you may get the picture, which starts out hilarious, becomes ludicrous and finally dubious.

Kate Muir – The Times
Read more: Fifty Shades of Grey movie – first review: ‘hilarious, ludicrous and dubious’

“Maybe the smoulderingly sado-obsessed hero does not have a penis. It could account for his tastes. And his decor.”

Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian
Read more: Fifty Shades of Grey review – making a bad fist of it

“It’s a terrible movie – but it might nonetheless be a movie that feels good to see, whether you squirm or giggle or roll your eyes or just sit still and take your punishment.”

A.O. Scott – The New York Times
Read more: Review: In ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie, Sex Is a Knotty Business

50 Shades of Grey

General Statistics

Total reviews on Amazon UK:
– 5 or 4 stars: 21,333
– 3 stars: 3,659
– 1 or 2 stars: 12,812

Speedy Sales

50 Shades of Grey sold 1 million physical copies in 11 weeks.
Previous record: Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code in 36 weeks.

Fifty Shades of Grey has become the first ebook to sell 1 million copies for the Kindle.

Love is in The Air

Romance fiction holds the largest market share compared to books of other genres.

Romance Market Share Compared to Other Genres:

  • Romance: 40.47%
  • Religious/Inspirational: 20.47%
  • Crime/Mystery: 20.24%
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy: 16.58%
  • Horror: 2.24%

Business is Booming

50 Shades of Grey has had a big effect on the adult market, with sales of BDSM related products all increasing.

  • Trojan Vibrator sales were up 14% in the first quarter of 2012 (When 50 Shades of Grey took off) compared to the same quarter last year.
  • Adult toy store Babeland reported a 40% increase in overall business.
  • “Visits to the bondage section of our website have increased by 24 per cent in the last two months” –
  • Soft bondage rope sales are up 8% on last month. –

Cassandra Parkin (2012-07-03). Lighter Shades of Grey: A (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Kindle Locations 2509-2512). DirecteBooks Limited. Kindle Edition.