Laters, Baby: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sells 100M Copies Worldwide

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Fifty Shades of Grey

It’s the book everyone was talking about in 2011: Fifty Shades of Grey. Written by British novelist E.L. James, the trilogy has monopolized many a conversation since its release two years ago, and now Christian Grey is celebrating a huge milestone – the sale of more than 100 million copies worldwide. The LA Times reported the impressive benchmark on Wednesday, and said that forty-five million of those books were bought by readers in the U.S.

Translated into 51 languages, Fifty Shades of Grey spurred a wide range of reactions upon its first release. The erotic fiction made some cringe, made some uncomfortable, made others excited, but regardless of what its critics charged, their attention resulted in the trilogy’s wide-spread fanfare, and James is now laughing her way to the bank. Although the author initially self-published Fifty Shades of Grey, the Times reports that Vintage, an imprint of Random House, picked it up in 2012. Vintage says that during the book’s peak sales period, two copies of the trilogy sold every second. It remains Random House’s fastest selling book series.

Now, thanks to its 100 million milestone, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy is on par with Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, and James has caught up to the popular books that were released more than 50 years ago that eventually saw screen time. Fifty Shades of Grey is making its mark many years later, and it too will be adapted for the big screen.

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