The publisher of the best-selling “Fifty Shades of Grey” series has announced plans to release a new book titled “Fifty Shades of Sasha Grey.” The move comes as an attempt to better target the male demographic, a spokesperson from Vintage Books confirmed, for the 2011 novel made quite a splash as it hit the market.
The announcement has been met with its fair share of skepticism. “Everybody knows that “Fifty Shades of Grey” was only a success because women don’t have the computer skills needed to access online porn and effectively clear all evidence from their browser history,” explained Women and Gender Studies Professor Leanne Helms. “But men, on the other hand, lack the basic intelligence required to read. So I don’t see how this book can do well.”
Despite such criticism, initial focus groups suggest that the new book may indeed prove to be a success. 9 out 10 men surveyed said that they understood and enjoyed the book, although some admitted that a few pages into the steamy novel “Things started to get hard.” Additionally, the only man who didn’t enjoy the book admitted that he was too busy masturbating to the cover photo to ever actually open it. In fact, the only major complaints were related to plot structure, with one survey participant commenting that “the climax came too soon.”
Much of the book’s success will ultimately depend on whether enough men will be willing to read erotic fiction. “To help ease men into the concept, we’ve included lots of pictures,” explained Vintage Books spokes-man John Brown. “In fact, it’s mostly pictures with a couple of captions here and there.” The books will also be packaged with two small helpful pamphlets, “Reading with One Hand” and “Paper-cuts: How and Where to Avoid Them”