The 50 Shades book signing. And boa carnage.

Ashley: I know we’ve been talking a lot about 50 Shades of Grey lately. But based on the 1,000+ women (and two brave men) that came out for the book signing in New Haven last night, it is currently the ultimate girly obsession, and seems to be all anyone is talking about. Imagine a room full of women, all swooning over the same fictional character, feeling sexually liberated. Insanity! (Of the best kind! I had a great time!) And the boa carnage? It’s what the floor looked like after 1,000 black boas attacked. (BTW, boas are not that fun to wear.)

E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven

Sara: They really aren’t. The feathers poked and spent more time gripping to my clothes then they did the boa itself! The signing was insane to say the least. I still can’t get over the amount of women that were there! I have to be honest it was a little much for me…but overall a good time! I have a new love of not only Christian but of E L James as well! She was absolutely adorable!

E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven © E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven ©

Here are some of the (paraphrased) sound bites from the night. (Oh, and a woman won this handcuff necklace from Eve’s Addiction and now I think I need one.)

E L James, tearing up over the huge crowd: This turnout is pretty fucking phenomenal.

*R.J. Julia Booksellers owner Roxanne: This is women’s lib 2.0. The O is for orgasm.

Roxanne: You’ve created a guy that asks what you want during sex. Is this a fairy tale?
E L James: No, it’s a fantasy.
Roxanne: Do you know a man like Christian?
E L James: I wish.
Audience member: I want that guy!
Roxanne: Get in line.

*E L James, on her research for the book: My husband still rolls his eyes at me, saying oh god, what do we have to do now? But he’s been very cooperative.

Roxanne: How many babies do you think you’re responsible for? How do we just get men to realize that they’re in our power?

E L James, on virgins: I find virgins much more interesting. Ana is a physical virgin. Christian, an emotional virgin.

*Audience member: Can you package the Christmas trilogy with a set of silver balls?

E L James: It’s an escape from life. A great holiday. It’s a love story. Women love to read love stories. But, it’s a love story with a kink.

Audience members: The books have been called a gateway drug. They leave you with one hell of a hangover.

E L James, on Twilight similarities: I made Ana clumsy in the beginning. Until she has sex and stops being clumsy. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Same as Twilight. Or Jane Eyre. These themes run throughout some classic love stories.

E L James, on sexual issues: I like to write about things I don’t understand. Sex issues? I don’t really have any. People who have a problem with the books, that’s their issue, not mine.

E L James, on the emails in the book: I’m a terrible flirt. That’s how I write my emails.

*E L James when Roxanne said that the number one question women have is how to achieve an orgasm: Maybe I’m just very lucky.

*Fave quotes!

E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven © E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven © E L James 50 Shades Book singing New Haven ©

8 responses to The 50 Shades book signing. And boa carnage.

  • fiftyshadesobsessed

    posted on 5.3.12 at 11:55 am


    Hi – I am totally obsessed with EVERYTHING FIFTY SHADES!! I was in Miami at her 1st stop and got my books signed – she was amazing. I flew all the way from Barbados to meet her!! I wish I could be at all of her events.
    I have been following her tour thus far and I love your post.
    Laters Baby!!

    • Ashley

      posted on 5.3.12 at 12:04 pm


      Thank you! We had so much fun. We LOVE the books, totally obsessed. Obviously! And E L James is so fab. I love her even more!

  • Christine

    posted on 5.3.12 at 12:26 pm


    LOVE this post! And thank's for mentioning jewelry! Along with the necklace, we also have handcuff bracelets and earrings 😉 We had SO much fun last night!!!!

    • Ashley

      posted on 5.3.12 at 12:45 pm


      Love the handcuff jewelry! All of it!!

  • Melissa

    posted on 5.3.12 at 12:48 pm


    Just stopped over after seeing your post on the Fifty facebook page. You gals have a fun blog! Happy to follow you here and on Pinterest. :) Thanks for posting about your night with E.L.! Wish I could see her in Philly tonight!!

    • girlyobsessions

      posted on 5.3.12 at 12:53 pm


      Thanks for the kind words about the blog Melissa!

  • Aneta

    posted on 5.3.12 at 7:00 pm


    I wish I could be at that event, It looks like it was lots od fun for you two girls :)

  • thestripedelephant

    posted on 5.3.12 at 10:10 pm


    I really think I need to start reading these books! My 2 co-workers are absolutely raving about them.

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