The trilogy involving “Fifty Shades of Grey” is set to surpass 20 million sales, if it hasn’t done so already. This is an astonishing feat for a series that debuted in May 2011. Working the numbers, that’s something like 1.4 million books sold per month.
What’s even more incredible is the fact that the book was published as an e-book and basically reached its status by word of mouth largely thanks to suburban housewives looking for their fix of soft-core porn.
The premise revolves around the sexploits of a 21-year-old English-Lit student. There’s really nothing new to this idea (and not having read the books myself), so I can only imagine that they are extremely well written.
While women devour themselves in this series, penned by author E.L. James, men find themselves scratching their heads in regard to novels that are primarily for men (yes, men do read).
Here are five novels NOT like “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Or in other words, for men:
“Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk:
Fans of this author know that Palahniuk is no stranger to writing about topics that men seem to talk about on a daily basis amongst themselves. Take this novel for example. A group of men begin an underground fight club in order to release themselves from the nasty world of consumerism and materialism.
“Choke” by Chuck Palahniuk:
Really, any novel by Palahniuk can be lumped in this list but I’ve highlighted these two in particular because, frankly, they are his best books. “Choke” revolves around a sex addict who scams people by fake choking to help his sick mother.
“The Serial Killer’s Club” by Jeff Povey:
This is a fresh take on an old idea – serial killing. When the main character escapes from a serial killer, a series of events forces him to join a serial killing club to one by one by one take down each member.
“The Contortionist’s Handbook” by Craig Clevenger:
Clevenger’s tale of a prolific forger whose documents are dead on branches out to a psychological story of different identities when the main protagonist wakes up in a hospital from a near death painkiller overdose. What officials don’t realize is the patient is actually the forger whose identities shift to evade police and incarceration. Clevenger does a great job keeping each identity in line, making this one of the greatest debut novels in publishing history.
“Less Than Zero” by Bret Easton Ellis:
Many people believe that Ellis’ ego got the best of him, which ultimately prevented him from becoming the next great author of this generation. What you can’t deny though is how great “Less Than Zero” really is. The story involves Clay’s Christmas break and his return to his hometown where he reconnects with his past friendships only to find that his best friend has turned to a life of hustling and heroin. Clay’s holiday vacation thus becomes a never ending party.
There are of course many other novels, anything by Hunter S. Thompson for example, that play opposite of what “Fifty Shades” brings.
Another great novel is “Anonymous” (yes, I’m pimping my own work here), a story about a group of prisoners that bale the water from their toilets to create a communication system for stories of sex, crime and disregard for anyone but themselves.