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.)

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50 Shades of…addicted.

I debated blogging about the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy (by E L James) because I don’t want to be judged. I consider myself fairly well read and these books aren’t exactly classic literature. But whatever. This blog is called GirlyObsessions, and that’s exactly what these books are: an addicting erotic fantasy and a total guilty pleasure. I’m beyond obsessed.

50 Shades of Grey Book Cover EL James 50 Shades Darker Book Cover EL James 50 Shades Freed Book Cover EL James

After hearing all the hype, and desperate for a good read, I had to check them out for myself. All I knew was that they were a “racy” love story. I guess that’s one way of putting it. I couldn’t put them down (hello, addicted) and I read all three in three days. Don’t judge, I’m not the only one. The books, which were finally released in e-book format in March, catapulted to #1 on The New York Times bestseller list (for Combined Print & E-Book Fiction). My Kindle has never seen so much action.

The New York Times dubs this book as “mommy porn and Twilight for grown-ups.” Being a total Twihard, it’s an interesting comparison. I guess they are both a love story about two people who don’t think they deserve each other, centering around a controlling, protective, unattainable man who will never exist in real life, and is perfect-in-every-way-except-one-minor-flaw (vampire and mommy issues that lead to BDSM). The 50 Shades books actually started as a Twilight fan fiction and were described by the author as a “reimagined Bella and Edward love affair set in contemporary Seattle.” So, there you go.

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