“I see in publisher’s catalogs tons of paranormal romance, explicit romance—this caught on because it was better, more well-described.”Not all readers have felt this way; in fact, much of the initial backlash against As other critics have pointed out, the narrative structure of the trilogy is actually not that new: It embraces many of the tropes of the extremely popular romance novels sold by the publishing company Harlequin in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
“ has the formula,” said Maryanne Fisher, a sex researcher at Saint Mary’s University in Canada.
In 2011, an Australian publisher called The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House began producing the stories as novels, both as e-books and hard copies printed by request.
In the nearly three years since Random House started publishing the books, they’ve sold well over 100 million copies worldwide and 45 million in the U.
S.; a majority of those sold in America were e-books, according to data from Nielsen. Readers also span the ideological spectrum: According to 2013 data from an online survey of 1,075 adults by the Barna Group, a faith-focused polling firm, 9 percent of practicing Christian women in America have read at least the first book, which is roughly the same as the percentage of all women who have read is targeted at a very mainstream set of women.
And that means the fantasy is about to become all the more influential.
Yes, the story will likely reach an even larger audience, but more importantly, it will be told in a new, visual form.
It’s also solidly middle- to upper-class: Christian owns an Audi R8 Spyder and wears Ray-Bans; Ana gets a Mac laptop and wears Louboutins.