December 5, 2012

Ron Charles celebrates E.L. James


Last week, Publishers Weekly named E.L. James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, PW’s publishing person of the year.

You may have your own opinion of this turn of events — the news was greeted by the New York Daily News with headline “Civilization Ends” — but renowned Washington Post fiction editor Ron Charles has the last word.

And if you haven’t read the book, you can always play the game …

According to Bookseller & Publisher, E.L. James has approved a Fifty Shades of Grey board game, made by manufacturer Imagination, which will be shipping before Christmas.

“‘All players listen to the vanilla style question before secretly voting on which of the eight pre-determined friends they believe is best matched to the question,’ said Imagination of the game. ‘When everyone’s ready the answers are revealed for all to see! Once all the “Oohs” and “Ahhs” have died down any player that picked the same friend as the reader wins an Inner Goddess token.’

Imagination said that players that ‘want to add a little extra spice to their Fifty Shades of Grey Party Game can also buy the “Red Room” Expansion Pack that promises to raise the temperature’.”

Congratulations to E.L. James and her inner goddess.




Ariel Bogle is a former publicist at Melville House.