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Erotic Fifty Shades a hit in Germany

2012-07-20 16:58
 
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Berlin - The first novel in the erotic trilogy series Fifty Shades  has proved a smash hit in Germany, selling half a million copies in 11 days, publishers said on Friday.

The German-language version of the steamy bestseller by British author EL James has been flying off the shelves, with 500 000 copies of Geheimes Verlangen  translated as Secret Desires  sold since it appeared on 9 July.

"The first print-run has gone. We're now printing more than a million new copies," a spokesperson for the Goldmann publishing house based in the southern city of Munich told AFP.

"This is first and foremost a love story with an erotic element, so there is a large potential readership. Women are especially partial to love stories," the spokesperson added.

The story of a 21-year-old English literature student and her sadistic billionaire lover has enjoyed huge success in the English-speaking world.

Print and e-book sales of the Fifty Shades  trilogy in the United States broke the 20 million mark earlier this month.

Worldwide, the Fifty Shades  books - starting with Fifty Shades of Grey - have sold a total of 31 million copies in all English-language markets, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.

Film version

Hollywood is preparing a film version.

However, as in other countries, the critical reaction has not been universally positive.

"The only sado-masochistic experience consists in reading these 600 badly-written and deathly boring pages," wrote weekly Die Zeit.

Cultural magazine Cicero bemoaned the "almost obscene" interest in the novel, the first of the trilogy published in Germany.

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily criticised the "subliminal advertising" for luxury cars, clothing brands or gadgets.

- AFP

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