“Fifty Shades” Breaks French Records
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James is now the fastest selling book in the history of France, selling 150,000 copies in two days.
Titled “Cinquante nuances de Grey,” the novel has been panned by critics, but that has had no effect on sales.
“It is amazingly popular. We have never stocked a book that has sold so fast,” a spokesman for FNAC – a French bookstore that sells 1/5 of the books in the country – says.
“We sold 15,000 copies on the day it was released. In some shops there were just none left.”
On the other side of the fence, the daily newspaper Le Figaro wrote, “It has no intellectual construction. It is Fifty Shades of Boredom.”
That has not stopped French publisher JC Lattes from ordering a print run of 500,000 copies – the largest run in French history.