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Fifty Shades of Grey Inspires Sex Lessons In New York...

And apparently it’s already sold out. Seriously? When will this end? Wahhhhhh! I can’t help it, I’m beyond bitter that some of the most badly written love scenes I’ve ever read has prompted this kind of ridiculous overreaction and hugely undeserved hype.

Here’s an excerpt from the Daily Mail article:

“Fifty Shades Of Grey has no doubt inspired plenty of bedroom activity but a new workshop based on the book is encouraging the act of role play in particular.

The erotic novel, written by British author EL James, is the subject of a sexual education workshop taking place tonight in Manhattan, New York.

Organised by Babeland, a sex toy boutique located in the Lower East Side, the Fifty Shades Of Hot Sex workshop will ‘discuss ways to make your fantasies into reality.’

Although the class is free to attend, spaces have already been exhausted.
The store’s website has offered a description of what people can expect from tonight’s ‘cocktail party’ workshop.

‘Fallen under the spell of Fifty Shades Of Grey?’ it reads. ‘If you’re curious about how to try out some of the scenes from the book, we’ll discuss ways to make your fantasies into reality.’

The class is obviously targeted towards females but ‘people of all genders and sexualities,’ have been invited to attend given they are above the age of 18.”

I know that I should be happy that people are reading and that they’re at least reading a romance-ish book, but dammit I’m annoyed. Especially when I read shit like this about EL James. and her apparent disdain for the community that helped propel this book to such great heights. Sigh.

I wish I could find the Wendy Williams Youtube vid, where she semi reviews the book. After reading it, she doesn’t get the hype either.

Thanks to @NarinderKaur over on Twitter for the heads-up.

Apparently, NCP readers have been having trouble receiving their book orders from the publisher.

A disgruntled reader posted the following on the loop:

Hi everyone

As you know i am a print NCP reader and i have currently got an order in for 10 books with my local seller

She tells me her order went in a month ago with no confirmation yet received

I have sent a follow up email to customer service (yeah right) for get them to follow up

Hopefully i will get some sort of reply in a 24 hour timeframe (my hopes are not high)

Anyhow i thought i would include you all in this first step of the wrestling match that is ordering from NCP and will keep you updated as to responses and outcomes

This is the above reader’s original e-mail to NCP:

Subject: Order query
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 13:10:11 +1000

Good Morning

My local bookseller here in Australia put an order in with you about a month ago for some print books

As yet no confirmation has been received

Could you confirm the timeframes for fullfilling orders placed with your organisation

Would appreciate a timely response to my query as i have been trying to contact you by phone and been told the number has been disconnected



Here’s a response from another reader:

Don’t hold your breath!!! I have tried to order ebooks from them lately and can’t even get those! I never had any problems before but now they are having customer service issues! Their website says they will answer all quests 48-72 hours, yeah right, it’s been over a week and I still haven’t gotten my refund!!!

Apparently their main e-mail isn’t working too well either:

—– Original Message —–
From: Mail Delivery System
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 1:02 PM
Subject: Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender

> This is the mail system at _____.
> I’m sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
> be delivered to one or more recipients. It’s attached below.
> For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.
> If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
> delete your own text from the attached returned message.
> The mail system
> : host[]
> said: 550 ncp@newconceptspublishing.com…Due to extended inactivity
> mail is not currently being accepted for this mailbox. (in reply to
> command)

No idea what the above means, but if they’re having e-mail problems you’d think they’d sort it out ASAP to avoid losing out on potential sales.

Anyway, this was forwarded to me last night, but I didn’t get a chance to check my e-mails until this evening, so maybe the issue has been resolved.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

Thanks to Ellen Ashe for the heads up.