Saturday, June 23, 2018

It's also 'Fifty Shades' of green

THE WEEK THAT WAS

WINNER: Tampa Bay tourism

CityPASS will offers visitors (and locals) discounts to five area attractions, including Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium.

LOSER: Target

Fourth-quarter profits dropped 46 percent because of the data breach and big discounts offered to lure them back in.

The Fifty Shades of Grey erotica series by E L James, at left, has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, its American publisher, Vintage Books, said last week, a milestone for a trilogy that began as fan fiction and emerged as one of the biggest-selling series in publishing history. Other series with more than 100 million copies sold include the Harry Potter and Twilight series and the Nancy Drew books. Vintage Books acquired the series in March 2012 and published all three books within weeks. The trilogy has also spent 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Booksellers say that they have noticed little attention paid to other books in the erotica genre, suggesting that readers of the Fifty Shades series have returned to their usual reading habits. A film adaptation of Fifty Shades, starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, is expected to be released in February 2015.

– New York Times

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