Fun Reads For Father’s Day: ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

Fifty Shades of Grey, a current bestseller that’s lightly rewritten Twilight fanfiction the erotic tale of chance meeting gone terribly, terribly right, might make an appropriate gift for some people. A friend who shares your love of popular fiction. Your favorite librarian. Your grandmother. We’re pretty sure it wouldn’t make an appropriate Father’s Day gift, though, no matter what this Target display says.


To be fair, no one said who would find the read fun.

Thanks to Suzanne for sending in the photo.


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  1. Vox Republica says:

    Another example of the magic Target Shrink Ray: two weeks ago, it was 62.5 Shades of Grey for the same price.

  2. FreshPorcupineSalad says:

    Maybe reading it helps you become a father?

  3. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    It’s got a tie on the cover. Dads LOVE ties!

    • DragonThermo says:

      And the book will give Dad an alternate use for his old ties! Heck, Mom is already reading the book, if she hasn’t already.

  4. Blueskylaw says:

    Maybe if they put a pink cover on it, more men would buy it.

  5. Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

    I would buy it if it had some hore-ladies on the cover.

  6. seth_lerman says:

    The wife reading it was a terrific fathers day gift…

  7. Malik says:

    Its fun when your wife reads it and gets hot.

  8. Clyde Barrow says:

    Fifty Shades of Grey is for the simple-minded that have no lives.

    • AstroPig7 says:

      Ooo! Now let’s mock your favourite light reading and guilty pleasures in a belittling manner.

      • Jules Noctambule says:

        Light reading really doesn’t require a terrible book.

        • AstroPig7 says:

          No, but some people enjoy poorly written books as guilty pleasures or mindless escapism. Insulting the material is one thing; insulting the reader is another.

          • Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:

            Agreed, although I haven’t picked up this book yet. I have a good selection of my own fantasy books, but sometimes I pick up a really simple, guilty pleasure, amateur-ly written book. I have to be the judge though when I start reading this one (too engrossed in the middle of the GoT book series). I did enjoy the Twilight books (before the movie ruined it).

            If you want good erotica read AN Roquelaure’s Beauty series (aka. Anne Rice). That’s well-written, raw, and quite insane.

    • KieranM says:

      This book is some creepy dreck, for sure.
      Even creepier: I heard an elementary school principal recommend it (giggling coyly) at the close of a meeting in which she had addressed 1st-year teachers like wayward schoolchildren. To close the meeting on a friendly note,I guess, she urged the teachers to have a relaxing summer. Another principal at the meeting suggested, “Read!” and this lady smirked and said, “Read 50 Shades of Grey”! ……………….. Ick.

      • Reno Raines says:

        So you get creeped out by one adult recommending a book to a group of adults? You sound like a prude who gets upset with any discussion about sex or sexuality.

        • KieranM says:

          Nope, it was the context that creeped me out. 1. Since I think the book is astoundingly poorly written, it seemed wrong to me for an educator to be recommending it as summer reading to a roomful of educators directly responsible for kids’ literacy. 2. Since said principal had spent half an hour making it clear she considered 1st-year teachers to be overemotional, irresponsible birdbrains, there was something especially insulting that she would go out of her way to recommend this particular book to a group she obviously looked down on. (Quite unjustifiably, I might add; she did not seem especially intelligent, though very full of herself.) 3. Sex had nothing to do with it. Had she recommended a book by Henry Miller or Philip Roth I’d have been impressed by her courage and her literary taste. But to me, this was as if she’d recommended a smarmier version of a Harlequin romance.

    • Coffee says:

      So? Some of the people I know watch shitty…shitty, shitty, shitty anime. They’re not morons; they just happen to like shitty anime. I’m not a fan, but that fact doesn’t automatically make them boorish and pathetic.

      • RvLeshrac says:

        The worst commercially-produced anime to have ever existed *HAS* to still be better quality than the slightly-edited Twilight fanfic that is Fifty Shades.

        • VintageLydia says:

          You are apparently not very well acquainted with anime. A lot of what’s in the mainstream and easily accessible is mediocre to fantastic. But dig a bit deeper and you come up with some real dreck…

    • PunditGuy says:

      “Who” have no lives. “Who” is for people. “That” is for objects.

  9. Jules Noctambule says:

    ‘lightly rewritten Twilight fanfiction’

    You are wonderful, and you know it.

  10. pgr says:

    A female friend gave me her copy to read. We both laughed our heads off over how poorly written and just plain boring it was! I never could get to the end it was so bad, let alone read the last two books.

    It’s written for horny 12 year old girls by someone who has no idea how to write a good story.

    BTW, the subject matter is immaterial, it’s the same ol’, same ol’ over and over again:) Save your time & money with this piece of rubbish

    • Zowzers says:

      It was written as Twilight fan fic. I kid you not, fan fic got legitimized some how….

      So, for giggles, replace the male protagonists name with the lead from Twilight, it will probably make more sense.

      • AstroPig7 says:

        You can get more laughs by replacing wand with wang in any Harry Potter book.

      • VintageLydia says:

        I’ve read some pretty amazing fanfic. It’s how most modern authors get their start. 50 Shades just gives a bad name to all the awesome fanfic and role-play transcripts out there.

  11. dush says:

    It doesn’t say your dad should read it, just that it’s fun to read on father’s day.

  12. shthar says:

    Looks like target knows my dad better than YOU do.

    I still won’t shop there tho.

  13. smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

    I really don’t understand why Consumerist is making such a big deal out of this. Both Women and Men read these kind of books, albeit the male population does not talk about it nearly as much. This book is currently popular so of course they’re going to market it to as many people as possible.

    • Lexasaurus says:

      Yes, men might enjoy reading it, but would it be appropriate as a gift to your *father*? Do you really want to have a discussion with him about how he liked a book about kinky sex, spanking, and sexually dominant men?

      “Lolita” is considered by many to be a great novel. It’s far more respected than Fifty Shades of Grey. But it would still be creepy and weird as a gift to your daughter.

  14. D007H says:

    So I hear that a porno parody is in the works for Fifty Shades of Grey, Would it be presumptuous to assume that the porno will be better than the book? At least it’ll be funner than reading on Father’s Day.

  15. David in Brasil says:

    Somehow “Daddy Porn” doesn’t have the same cachet…