During the very end of my last day at BEA (after a very nice publisher handed me a glass of champagne, which wasn’t quite enough to distract me from how much my feet hurt), I noticed a long line winding from one of the booths.
“What’s this line for?” I asked someone.
“Fifty Shames of Earl Grey.”
So, rather than leaving, I decided to wait in that line, because I thought that the book had the potential for hilarity. I was not disappointed.
Those of you who have read “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James may have noticed that the writing isn’t the best in the world, or that Ana acts like a petulant spoiled child who has spent her entire life under a rock. Shaffer pokes fun at Mr. Grey and Ana Steel as he tells the story of Mr. Earl Grey and his Fifty Shames, which include shopping at Wal-Mart and actually liking the Star Wars prequels. When Earl Grey begins to fall in love with Anna Steal, he worries that she will be scared off because of his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick). Anna is a bit unsure about LARPing in the bedroom, but her Inner Guidette is there to provide encouragement. Oh, and did I mention that Anna’s best friend Jin happens to be a Brony? Shaffer’s parody highlights everything that is wrong with Fifty Shades of Grey, bringing a humorous twist to the worst novel that I’ve ever read.
This book is so much better than the real Fifty Shades. I’d recommend it as a recovery tool to anyone who has suffered through the first one. It’s filled with pop-culture references and is guaranteed to make you laugh.