May 23rd, 2012

Fifty Shades of Spoofs

When I worked at B. Dalton Bookseller (hail, thou glorious fallen monument to literacy!), one of the first things I learned about was the Anonymous books. Partly that was because Fiction (excluding mysteries, Westerns, romance, sci fi and fantasy, which had their own individual sections) was organized by author's surname, and Anonymous is way up at the head of the alphabet. And partly it was because the management assumed most new hires would be unfamiliar with this fictional subgenre: Victorian(ish) erotica.

After a while, I learned to spot Anonymous buyers when they walked into the store. They were always older men. Some of them were Anonymous regulars, and some were just regulars who only occasionally browsed the Anonymouses. Many of them were older men who strode into the store with their wives at their sides; as the husbands made a beeline for the Fiction wall, the wives continued with determination down the main aisle to the Romance section.

Good times.

Given my Anonymous experience, I've been interested in all the kerfuffle about Fifty Shades of Grey. (Mostly, I've been wondering if it relies as heavily on spanking as most Anonymous books seem to.) The big sales numbers. The moonlighting author. The spoofs. Especially the spoofs!

So for all you Anonymous fans out there, here's a spoof featuring teen queen Selena Gomez--far from Waverly Place, still pretty darn PG, and just completely hilarious. ("What was that contraption? He was introducing me to a whole new world... and I was ready." "Helloo?? You need caulk, or sealant?")

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