While browsing through the most recent New York Times bestseller's list, I noticed that sitting in number 5 was the infamous 50 Shades of Grey, and that -gasp- it's been on the list for a total of 46 weeks. Look down a few titles and you'll notice both its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, in the number 8 and 9 position. Darker has been on the list for 46 weeks as well, an impressive feat considering it was written after the first book, and Freed had 44 weeks on the chart.
Clearly all three books came into popularity at nearly the same time, which is most likely do to the considerable word of mouth and media attention it got once the world knew it was there. What is it however, that makes the books so very popular? "Everyone and their mother are reading it" is a term I've heard many times referring to the books, and it's actually true. So why?