One woman credited "50 Shades of Grey" with her third pregnancy. A husband high-fived author E.L. James after she signed his wife's e-reader, saying, "My love life is awesome. Thank you!"
James is a former British television producer whose erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey" has become the hottest book to read since "Twilight." Wait, make that hotter. It and its two sequels -- "50 Shades Darker" and "50 Shades Freed" -- have sold more than 20 million copies.
Although James is no superhero, more than 200 devoted fans lined up for her book-signing at Comic-Con last week. Nicole Sperling, who was there, reports that James is still processing the books' explosive popularity. James told her, "My only ambition was to see the book in a bookshop. That was it."
James continued, "This is hugely surreal, and I've had no time to digest it.... The first book came out on the first of April [in the U.S.]. The next two came out two weeks later. The U.K. followed the week after that. That was April. This is July. We've done a film deal. Gone into 42 languages. So yeah, no, I haven't had time to process this."