It’s not so much that I mind one of my all time favourite books gone to erotica, it’s something that’s often done in porn with quite amusing re-namings (Buffy the Vampire Layer, Men in Black Women, The Thighlander, etc). It’s that I object to the cheap knock off status of the books coming under what seems to be becoming the quasi-franchise that is 50 Shades of Grey. Perchance Lewis Carroll is rolling in his grave. So sad. So so sad. (*insert violin music here*)
Amazon has described it as “The First Book in the 50 Shades of Alice Trilogy”, and pseudonymed Melinda DuChamp will most likely be inspired to keep writing, as the sales of 50 Shades of Alice in Wonderland are on the up. Melinda DuChamp recently decanted her sales data in an interview on Joe Konrath’s blog:
Alice has sold 3560 copies in the UK, and 2540 in the US (plus 1275 loans in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library) priced at $2.99. Assuming the loans are $2 each, Alice has made close to $15,000 in the last 20 days. That’s more than many of my advances … Alice peaked at #194 in the US, and #56 in the UK. It is currently #643 and #208. At its peak, it was earning over $1,000 a day. Things have slowed down, but it is still outselling all of my other novels on Amazon.
Perhaps I’m overreacting a little, it’s all in the name of good fun after all. And the cover is highly entertaining, and beautifully done. Having now read the mock reviews on Amazon, I’m a little placated. Some examples as below:
“Sexy as hell. This is really going to turn you on.” – A turned-on woman who asked not to be named
“My wife really benefited from me reading this.” – A friend of the author
“Melinda DuChamp is my favorite author, because she came over and painted my house. Also, her book is pretty good.” – The author’s cousin
So, perhaps I will forgive Melinda DuChamp, and perhaps envy her just a little for thinking of it first. I do still hold fast on my stance that its 50-shades franchise status was a bit of a cheap marketing ploy, but then again, a self-published author needs to use every trick available.
So, Melinda DuChamp, I give you some grudging respect. You never know, I may even read it to see what all the fuss is about.