Fifty Shades More: What to Read after the ‘Fifty Shades’ Trilogy
In the coming weeks, the tens of millions of women swept up in the literary phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ will have finished the trilogy. Those same tens of millions of women will probably go back to the start and reread them, and perhaps once again, but what happens when it’s time to move on to other printed pursuits of passion?
To avoid widespread panic among the women of the world looking for their next fit of erotic lit – when you’ve exhausted our own supply of short erotic fiction – we canvassed the offices here at LELO to come up with suggestions of the books you can pick up after you’ve put down ‘Fifty Shades’.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover
by D.H. Lawrence
D.H. Lawrence’s widely-acclaimed (and for years after its release, widely-banned) 1923 novel contains everything we look for in a good book; a protagonist in turmoil, a grizzled antihero, class strife, and hot, steamy sex scenes.
The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
by Anne Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure)
After two critical and commercial missteps following ‘Interview with the Vampire’, Anne Rice decided to take on the pen name A.N. Roquelaure and release a sprawling 3-book erotic trilogy loosely (and sexily) based on the well-known fairytale. As overheard in the LELO offices, The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy is ”wall-to-wall HOT”.
The Story of O
by Anne Desclos (writing as Pauline Réage)
The Story of O’ is a classic in the erotic literary canon. It tells the story of O (no spoilers there), a fashion photographer in Paris who gives herself over to the man she loves via a deepening education in dominance and submission. Sound familiar? It’s a direct inspiration for the ‘Fifty Shades’ series.Another thing you should definitely be checking out when you’re not reading E.L. James would be our LELO Beads pleasure system. Much like the type depicted in scenes from the ‘Fifty Shades’ series, they can be worn for discreet sensations any time you please for secret pleasures known only to you and your partner.
And if you’re looking to have your own ‘Fifty Shades’ experience by exploring the world of light bondage, our Boa Pleasure Ties are the perfect starting point. These long silk ties designed for couples are the ideal way to experience the thrill that comes with taking control (or relinquishing it) – while their unmistakable touch of LELO distinction would ensure a seal of approval from Christian Grey himself.
Katy Thorn is a post-grad writer with a passion for writing about sex, sexuality, and all things rated R. She received her degree in Women’s Studies with a focus in Intersectionality at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). She has a cat named Yoko, drinks too much black coffee, and hates writing bios.