'Fifty Shades' breaks 20mil US sales mark
Print and ebook sales of the Fifty Shades trilogy in the US have broken the 20mil mark as Hollywood's take on the erotic tale inches closer.
That makes Americans by far the biggest enthusiasts of British author EL James' steamy bestsellers about a 21-year-old English literature student and her sadistic billionaire lover.
"As of Monday, we have sold more than 20 million copies in all formats in the United States since its publication four months ago," said Russell Perreault, director of publicity at Vintage Books.
Worldwide, the Fifty Shades books—starting with Fifty Shades Of Grey—have sold a total of 31mil copies in all English-language markets, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Universal Pictures and Focus Features, who snapped up the movie rights for US$5mil (RM15mil), said Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti—collaborators on The Social Network—will produce the movie adaptation.
"At its core, Fifty Shades Of Grey is a complex love story, requiring a delicate and sophisticated hand to bring it to the big screen," said Universal's co-chair Donna Langley. "Mike and Dana's credits more than exemplify what we need in creative partners, and we're glad to have them as part of our team."
Recently, a man in the UK squirted brown sauce on his girlfriend for reading the saucy novel. He found the book to be pornographic.
Published: 23rd July 2012