“Fifty Shames of Earl Grey” by Fanny Merkin (a.k.a. Andrew Shaffer)

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.

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14 thoughts on ““Fifty Shames of Earl Grey” by Fanny Merkin (a.k.a. Andrew Shaffer)

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  2. Have you seen these “recraps” of the Fifty Shades books?
    It’s amazing that so many who are doing parodies can write so much better than E.L. James. That gives me hope. But then again, none of them are making the cash that she (he?) is probably raking in right now. That takes hope away from me. I guess I’m breaking even on the faith in humanity issue 😉

  3. I feel very sad that your review does not include Twilight references, since Fifty Shades was written as fanfiction for that and Fifty Shames does do that background knowledge justice. Or maybe I’m just sad because Ana brushing her hair looking at K Stewart highly amused me. It’s such a shame this was written pre K Stewart and Rob P break up, I can only imagine the references then.

    I can’t wait to get to finish this book (and, erm, first own or come into real contact with a copy. Pretty sure the bookstore is done with me standing in the middle of their display reading their books…)

    • The Twilight references were quite awesome, and there are even more of them as the book progresses. I didn’t write more in my review because I’m always afraid with books that are humorous that if I give away too many of the jokes I’ll end up spoiling it for people who haven’t read it yet.

  4. It definitely sounds entertaining, although I don’t know if I could force myself to go through the original book just to read the parody.

  5. This sounds like a lot of fun, even if one hasn’t read Fifty Shades!

    • It’s a good parody. I forced myself to suffer through Fifty Shades before I read this one, and I think if you’re even vaguely familiar with the story it’ll make sense.

  6. Richard

    “LARPing in the bedroom”

    The hell?

  7. Fifty Shames by Fanny Merkin – I would have showered my laptop with coffee – but fortunately I had the good sense to put it down before taking a look.
    Lynn 😀

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