December 15, 2012 by dontbringlulubook
In one of the literary world’s glamour evenings, things turned a little steamy as Fifty Shades of Grey was named Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year.
The National Book Awards held in London at the start of December saw high calibre contenders. Author E.L. James faced stiff competition, going up against such writers as Bernard Cornwell, Kate Mosse and Victoria Hislop.
Fifty Shades of Grey is not only the best selling book in the UK this year, but of all time. The first book from the trilogy has now sold over 5.3 million copies.
It’s successful release in paper format in April this year can, in part, be linked to its initial release the year previously in electronic form.
Word spread about the book, described as ‘mummy porn’, and on its paper-release saw an unexpected surge in sales.
Many literary critics have panned the book – the storyline as well as it writing style. Yet ‘people’ power has overcome the views of the ‘Establishment’.
In some astonishing figures, book one of the Fifty Shades trilogy outsold Dan Brown’s 2003 The Da Vinci Code in a matter of months. The last installment of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows, has to date sold just over 4.5 million copies in the UK (global sales would far outstrip E.L.James’ success).
There was more trumps for Fifty Shades of Grey as that book outsold all seven Harry Potter books on internet shop Amazon, taking the tile of the site’s Best Selling Author Ever back in August. Publishers Weekly have also named E.L. James their ‘publishing person of the year’ for 2012 amid controversy.
The success of these books is far from over. The Rights have been bought to publish the trilogy in several languages.
The antics of graduate Anastasia Steele and young business billionaire Christian Grey as they experience the contrast of master and servant – the submissive against the dominant – are set to be read by many more people around the world.
Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are the second and third books in the trilogy. They have already sold over 3 million copies each in the UK.