Shop It Out: Fifty Shades of Grey
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely either read or considered reading Fifty Shades of Grey. An erotic novel that began, believe it or not, as a piece of Twilight-inspired fan fiction, the book's been at the very top of the New York Times Best Seller list for two months straight—along with its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
When news broke that the movie rights for Fifty Shades had been sold to Universal Pictures for a whopping $3 million, there was no more denying it: this steamy trilogy is officially a full-blown phenomenon. In between making office-wide bets as to who might play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey on the big screen, we rounded up some items inspired by the story—along with choice snippets from the text itself. Enjoy.
"His grin widens, and leaning down, he undoes the tie. The woven pattern has made an indentation around my wrists. It's...sexy."
"'You completely beguile me, Ana. You weave some powerful magic.' He releases my wrists, and I run my fingers through his hair, coming down from my high."
"They are exquisitely designed fancy European lingerie. Wow. I am in awe and slightly daunted by this underwear."
"'I am going to tie you to that bed, Anastasia. But I'm going to blindfold you first and,' he reveals his iPod in his hand, 'you will not be able to hear me. All you will hear is the music I am going to play for you.'"
"'It's for you. Happy graduation,' he murmurs, pulling me into his arms and kissing my hair. He's bought be a damned car, brand-new by the looks of it. Jeez..."
"Very slowly, he pulls down my sweatpants. Oh, how demeaning is this? Demeaning and scary and hot."
"I shall go meet his parents sans culottes. Anastasia Steele! my subconscious chides me, but I don't want to listen to her—I almost hug myself with glee because I know this will drive him crazy."
"'Well, this has full wireless N, and I've set it up with your Me account details. This baby is all ready to go, practically anywhere on the planet.' He looks longingly at it. 'Me account?' 'Your new e-mail address.' I have an e-mail address?"
"'You like strapping me into things,' I observe dryly.
'Miss Steele, you have no idea.'"
"In the infinity mirrors of the elevator, I check out my plum dress—well, Kate's plum dress. The last time I wore this, he wanted to peel it off me. My body clenches at the thought."
"Rule 15.11 The Dominant may restrain, handcuff, or bind the Submissive at any time during the Allitted Times or any agreed additional times for any reason and for extended periods of time."
"He stands back and gazes at me. I'm in the pale blue lacy perfect-fit bra. Thank heavens. 'Oh, Ana,' he breathes. 'You have the most beautiful skin, pale and flawless. I want to kiss every single inch of it.'"
"Could I be more excited? I can see his feet. He's changed his jeans. These are older, ripped, soft and over-washed. Holy cow. These jeans are hot."