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When thinking about lessons or implications for writing when looking at 50 Shades, I suggest it's important to get beyond the easy bad stuff to the harder bad stuff.
This is a fascinating discussion, but I have to admit to a little part of me that's even more curious about what was GOOD about 50 Shades. I don't see any redeeming quality to the first novel that should have made it publishable, let alone a mega-hit. But mega-hit it was. There's some kind of magic there, and I think I can't see it through the problems.

Is there something about 50 Shades that I should be studying as a positive model? I really want to understand this book's popularity, why it seems to work. I don't buy "it's hot" as the reason. Maybe I'm being stubborn, but to me that's like saying Twilight struck it big because the language was so beautiful. Just does not compute. It's something else. What?