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Fifty Shades Tops Amazon’s Bestselling Book of 2012 List

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The main reason I’m writing this post today is so I can mention the Fifty Shades Trilogy before 2012 ends. I know this is an outrageous statement–and I don’t want my blog followers to dislike me–but I think 50 Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are silly.

But, hey, I read them all. I’ll admit that the sex scenes turned me on. My husband liked them. And most of my friends dug the E. L. James novels, and everyone I know was talking about them last summer.

Recently, Amazon announced its top-selling books of the year, and there were fifty shades of no surprises. The trilogy earned half a billion dollars in gross sales in 2012. In June, Fifty Shades of Grey was the fastest-selling paperback of all time beating out the Harry Potter series.

I could buy a lot of Hershey’s Kisses and Apple products with cash like that. You know, for my kids.

Sigh. Let’s all lament for a moment on how we could’ve been and should’ve been E. L. James. Have a book inside of you? I do. Let’s write it. There’s always 2013.

Here are the rest of Amazon’s Top Selling Books of 2012. Parents of young kids have slightly different taste than the general public, but there’s some overlap, of course, because Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7 just plain rocks.

1. through 3. Fifty Shades of the Sillies
4. The Hunger Games (Book 1)
5. StrengthsFinder 2.0 (*I haven’t heard of this one either)
6. Fifty Shades Trilogy
7. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2)
8. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Book 3)
9. The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7)
10. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden
11. The Hunger Games Trilogy
12. Gone Girl
13. The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus Book 3)
14. The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd Edition
15. A Song of Ice and Fire (Books 1 through 4 of Game of Thrones) 

For some really good books, check out the Parents’ staff picks post from yesterday.

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Four Hunger Game Movies? Yes! And Johanna Gets Chosen

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I heard it first on this morning’s Today Show. And gossip king Perez Hilton reports the same breaking news. While The Hunger Games books are a trilogy, the story will be transformed into four movies. The last book, Mockingjay, will be broken into parts one and two. Smart move to stretch out this killer series as long as possible. We get more Katniss, Peeta, Gale and Finnick! (If they’re alive, that is. I don’t want to spoil anything.) Really, can anyone ever have enough Katniss Everdeen?

As you know, Twilight filmmakers did the same with the twin movies Breaking Dawn and Breaking Dawn Part 2. (Bella vamps up on November 16.) I’m sure it’s a money-grubbing issue, but I don’t mind. I get really into these angsty teen flicks, and I’m thrilled to drag my long-suffering husband to yet another one.

In other Hunger Game news, the character of Johanna Mason, the axe-wielding tribute from District 7, has been cast for the second movie Catching Fire. The girl who tells Katniss, “Go ahead. Try it. I don’t care if you are knocked up I’ll rip your throat out!” will be played by Jena Malone. (Sorry, Kristen Bell.) Sulky, scary Malone, best known as Gretchen from Donnie Darko, is actually kind of perfect for the part. But I’ve read a lot of blogs on the topic, and not everyone agrees.

It will be awhile before we see Malone and Jennifer Lawrence (aka Katniss) scheming in the next installment. Word is, they’ll start filming Catching Fire soon. But Finnick still hasn’t been cast! Who’s your pick for the hunky tribute? I’d kill to see Hunter Parrish go into the ring.

Photo/Official Hunger Games website by Lionsgate

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