On parody novels

By Taylor Coil

Maybe I’ve been a little naive, but I had no idea parody novels were so popular.

Don’t ask me how, but I found 13 different parodies of Fifty Shades of Grey on Amazon in approximately 5 minutes. Okay, you can ask me how. I just typed in ‘fifty shades’ into the search bar.

Mmmm, sexy bacon.

Mmmm, sexy bacon.

But seriously. Who knew there were that many parodies? And some of these are popular: this one has 63 reviews.

There’s also Fifty Shades of GravyFifty Shades of PinkFifty Shades of Red Riding Hood, and Filthy Shames of Lame, to name a few.

I feel like my eyes have been opened to a new part of the literary world. I’ve never read a parody novel. I guess I knew they existed, but I didn’t know they were popular.

Of course, Fifty Shades of Grey started as Twilight fan fiction. It’s interesting to think about — characters are created by Stephenie Meyer, EL James takes them and puts them in her erotic novels, and now spoofs are cropping up all over the place that are further based off these two people. Edward is now a helicopter-flying gazillionare named Christian, who then becomes bad-boy Mr. Pink in one of the parodies. A lot of book group discussion questions are popping up in my head just thinking about it.

Fans, have you ever read a spoof novel? Did you read it because you liked the original book and wanted to explore the characters more, or because you didn’t like the original and wanted to make fun of it? Did it enhance your experience of the book or take away from it?

Tell us in the comments!

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tdc social media picture 100x100Taylor is our Marketing Manager. She loves reading dystopians, depressing books, and any tome remotely related to food. You probably can’t beat her in Harry Potter trivia, but you can try if you enjoy failure.



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The West Wing – Free on Amazon Instant Video for Prime Members

By Taylor Coil

Hi, all, Taylor here, Freebooksy employee and self-proclaimed Sorkin fangirl.

This is how I feel right now:

In case you’re wondering, that is a look of shock and awe. But GOOD shock, like the kind of shock you get when you find $50 in your wallet that you didn’t know you had.

The reason for my shocked stare:The West Wing is now available to stream for FREE (for Amazon Prime members).

I happen to be an Amazon Prime member. I’m betting a bunch of you are, too. And I bet some of you love The West Wing almost as much as I do.

So, I thought it would be prudent to let you know that this AWESOME show is available to watch for free. Click the link below to get to the page. Sorry if I ruined your productivity for the rest of the day.


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Taylor is our Marketing Manager. She loves reading SciFi, mysteries & thrillers and anything by Sophie Kinsella. You probably can’t beat her in Harry Potter trivia, but you can try if you enjoy failure.


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