"Like a gun buy-back program."
That's how Fernanda Diaz at OR Books describes their publicity stunt for the book "Fifty Shades of Louisa May."
Under the title of Bonnets for Bondage, the first 50 people to send them their copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" will receive a copy of their parody, a lusty tale about the "unbridled passion-that-might-have-been of one of the world’s most popular authors."
When asked to differentiate between the two works, OR Books publisher John Oakes responded via email, saying "in one the tools for self-pleasure are hand-operated; in the other, they are battery-powered. In one, the narrator has the vocabulary and syntax of something greater than a philodendron. In the other, the writing is Limbaugh-level."
As to why he is making the offer?
"I think it’s civilized to pick up trash off the streets."
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Fifty Shades of Pleasure
"Fifty Shades of Pleasure: A Bedside Companion" by Marina Bennett. A guide to "Sex Secrets that Hurt So Good," unauthorized by E. L. James or Random House. (Skyhorse Publishing)
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey
"Fifty Shames of Earl Grey," a parody by Fanny Merkin (aka me). I put together this slideshow, so I'm listing this first. It originally started as "Fifty-one Shades," a serialized parody that I self-published on my blog, <a href="http://www.evilreads.com" target="_hplink">www.evilreads.com</a>, back in February. There's teabagging on the cover...what more do you need to know? <a href="http://www.50shames.com" target="_hplink">The "Fifty Shames of Earl Grey" ebook and paperback are available now.</a> (Da Capo Press)
Fifty Shades of Victorian Desire
"Fifty Shades of Victorian Desire," an anthology of public domain erotic works. Originally published in 1996 in the UK as "Victorian Secrets: An Anthology of Victorian Erotica." (Michael O' Mara Books)
12 Shades of Surrender
"12 Shades of Surrender," a selection of 12 previously released erotic novellas from Harlequin and Mills & Boon UK, republished with new covers and branding for the post-"Fifty Shades of Grey" market. A paperback anthology will be released in September. (Harlequin/Mills & Boon) (Note: I'm sleeping with one of the authors in this collection, but you'll have to follow me on Twitter to find out which one!)
Fifty Shades of Louisa May
"Fifty Shades of Louisa May" by L. M. Anonymous. The erotic diaries of "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott. (Originally self-published, re-released by OR Books)
A Million Shades of Green
"A Million Shades of Green: The Real Story Behind Fifty Shades of Grey" by Sean Black. A short history of "Fifty Shades of Grey," pulled from existing interviews and content. (Self-published.)
A Coupla Shades of Taupe
"A Coupla Shades of Taupe," a parody by Court Burback. "Pagan Taupe is the wealthiest man in all of Arkansas. He’s got everything. The only thing that’s missing is a whiny young codependent named Alexandra Aluminum." (Diversion Books)
A Guy's Secret Guide to Fifty Shades of Grey
"A Guy's Secret Guide to Fifty Shades of Grey" by Tom M. Paolangeli. The advice for guys is spot-on, actually: "Trust me - you do not want to read the book. It was written by a woman, for women. Most guys will find it dull, stupid, tiresome and waaaay too long. The ratio of tedious inner female monologue to sex scenes is about fifty shades of boring to one." (Self-published.)
Fifty Shades of Blue
"Fifty Shades of Blue," a collection of poems by Banana the Poet. Can you judge a book by the cover? (Self-published)
Fifty Shades Nastier
"Fifty Shades Nastier" by Burt Maverick. Completely unrelated to "Fifty Shades of Grey," this was removed once by Amazon until the writer added a subtitle ("The Erotic Writer"). It's since been removed again, either by Amazon or by the author. (Self-published.)
Fifty Shades of Grey and Zombies
"Fifty Shades of Grey and Zombies," a parody by Grey West. "When young zombie-hunter Christian Steel goes to interview the powerful and enigmatic CEO Mr. Grey West, he encounters a man who has just as many secrets as he does silver ties." (The American Fossil Company)
Fifty Shades of Black & Blue
"Fifty Shades of Black & Blue," a parody by E. L. Jones. This was the first parody to appear on Amazon in April. The lookalike wasn't clearly labelled as a parody, and the author name ("E L Jones") was apparently too misleading for Amazon--who removed the Kindle book. The author re-uploaded it under a new author name, "I B Naughtie," with the words, "A Parody," on the cover. (EnteleConsult)
Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy
"Fifty Shades of Mr. Darcy," a parody by William Codpiece Thwackery. "Lizzy Steele had been brought up to be a proper lady - with perfect manners, skilled in conversation and well respected in the community. But when Mr Elliot Bingley comes to court Lizzy's sister, she is given the opportunity to learn a somewhat different skill set upon her introduction to his friend, a Mr Christian Darcy." (Michael O' Mara Publications)
Fifty Shades of Gay
"Fifty Shades of Gay" by Lola Swain is one of ten ebooks sharing the same name, although this was the first one to pop up on Amazon. Despite the distinctive coloring and typeface, this book actually has nothing to do with "Fifty Shades of Grey." (Self-published.)
Fifty Shades of Red Riding Hood
"Fifty Shades of Red Riding Hood," a 19-page short story by R. R. Hood. In the words of the author, "It was a romance that the world would never understand. He was a big bad wolf; she was just a young woman with no self-respect. Repetitive, badly written and poorly edited, ‘Fifty Shades of Red Riding Hood’ has all the ingredients necessary to become a runaway success." (Self-published.)
Why You Love Fifty Shades of Gray
"Why You Love Fifty Shades of Gray: And What to Do About It," by Jackie Snow. Okay, you're not even trying now, are you? First, the book is "Fifty Shades of GREY," and second...there is no second. #fail (Self-published)
Fifty-one Shades of Blonde
"Fifty-one Shades of Blonde" by Jessica Knoll was originally published in Cosmo magazine as Cosmo's "own version" of "Fifty Shades of Grey," but will soon be released as an ebook with new chapters. Stop me if you've heard this one: "Christopher Reiss is the handsome and extremely intimidating CEO of a major financial firm..." (Cosmopolitan)