Mapping America's love (or not) for Fifty Shades

Fifty Shades of Grey continues to top best-seller lists after almost three months of dominance: The trilogy sold 10 million copies in six weeks, there are long wait-lists at libraries and bookstores, and even Saturday Night Live spoofed the book's popularity in a skit! So, Goodreads took a look at the US stats behind the phenomenon. Where are the "Grey States"?

The country is pretty clearly divided. More readers in the eastern half of the US are devouring the sexual adventures of Christian and Anastasia. The states with the highest readers per capita are located primarily in the Tri-State and New England area: New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, and New York.

If you define "Grey States" by their average rating of the book, the landscape changes. The regions with readers who give Fifty Shades of Grey the highest average ratings are the Southern and Plains states—Mississippi, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

Fifty Shades of Grey has given some readers a new taste for erotica, and we've found a jump in interest in similar books on Goodreads. Just recently, Penguin's Berkley Books imprint snatched up Sylvia Day's self-published novel, Bared to You, which has generated 2,500 reviews in the past two months. Goodreads member Aestas loved it, saying "This book was absolute perfection for me!! It had me swooning, drooling, and panting over Gideon Cross and had me reading for the better part of it with the world's biggest grin on my face."

Other books potentially joining the sultry summer reading list are Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, Rock Me by Cherrie Lynn, Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts, and The Reluctant Dom by Lesli Richardson. These books are a mix of older titles and new releases, but one thing they have in common is that they are all finding new readers thanks to the Fifty Shades craze.

Looking back, one of the first big milestones for Fifty Shades of Grey was being a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards way back in November last year. It will be interesting to see if a new title like Bared to You will be a contender for this year's awards.

What about you? Are you a proud citizen of a "Grey State"? Will you be savoring any other erotica titles this summer? Is it getting hot in here or is it just these books?


Is your state on the list US ONTDers? Why do you think it's so popular where you are from?