What to Read and Watch While On Hold for Fifty Shades of Grey

All right.  You’ve done it.  You’ve placed a hold on Fifty Shades of Grey: the ebook (You don’t want everyone in Starbucks to know you’re reading ‘that stuff.’)  Now you’re somewhere in the list of 1200 people who are waiting province-wide to read the biggest book since The Da Vinci Code. But what can you read (or watch) while you’re waiting?  These picks can help you set the mood:

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Exit to Eden by Anne Rice (writing as Anne Rampling)

Why read it?  It’s erotic.  A thrill-seeking photojournalist visits an exclusive island resort dedicated to taking its visitors to the limits of surrender and submission.


Kushiel’s Dart  by Jacqueline Carey

Why read it?  It’s steamy.  Phedre is beautiful, but has a red mote in one eye: Kushiel’s dart. This mark distinguishes her as woman who enjoys all forms of sexual stimulation including pain.  She is sold into slavery and bought by a nobleman who trains her in sexual skills and espionage.

Last Tango in Paris

Why watch it?  It’s voyeuristic.  Marlon Brando plays an older man who engages in a sexual relationship with a younger woman in this sensual film.


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Why read it?  It’s romantic. Sayuri is raised in the oft-hidden world of geishas, where a young woman’s virginity is sold to the highest bidder.  She falls in love with a wealthy businessman and hopes for a happy ending to her Cinderella story.

100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed by Melissa P.

Why read it? It’s naughty.  A fictionalized memoir of adolescent awakening in which Melissa P. engages in a wide-range of sexual encounters.



Why watch it?  It’s kinky.  Maggie Gyllenhaal is magical as the secretary to James Spader’s demanding lawyer (her boss).  Their relationship turns sadomasochistic in this romantic comedy.


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Why read (or watch) it?  It’s compulsive.  And, after all, Fifty Shades of Grey did start out as Twilight fan fic.



— Patricia


  1. I love “Secretary”, not because it’s “kinky”, but because of the phenomenal chemistry between Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader; plus their brilliant performances as these two damaged souls finding love, and through it accepting themselves for who they are.

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