A more cynical writer (or less indulgent reader) might say this marks the moment that 50 Shades of Grey — or, more accurately, making fun of Fifty Shades of Grey — jumped the shark. Selena Gomez and Nick Kroll have made a Funny or Die video in which the teen queen fantasizes about her gross house painter as a result of reading a little too much E.L. James. But I’m not going to say that, because I have laughed at EVERY SINGLE ONE of these, and I’m showing no signs of tiring of the topic. Comedians of the world, you may still keep these parodies coming, for our appetite is as insatiable as Anastasia Steele’s. What I do fear is that by the time they get around to actually making the real movie, we won’t be able to take it seriously in the least. If we ever would have, that is. (OK, if Ian Somerhalder plays Christian, I promise to take it seriously.) Here five other readings/parodies to enjoy … until the next one comes along. None of these are SFW, btw.
1. Fifty Shades of Grey, the animated trailer. If you’ve read the book, I have two words of warning for you: blue string. If you haven’t, just prepare for some CGI gross.
2. Saturday Night Live’s Amazon Mother’s Day ad. Sums up “mommy porn” quite literally, and also actually makes a very good case for the Kindle. Also, awesome Joe McHale shout-out.
3. Gilbert Gottfried reads the Fifty Shades audiobook. I know the people’s faces are supposed to be registering their shock at hearing Gottfried read those explicit passages, but let’s just say they pretty much mirrored my face when I listened to the audiobook on the subway.
4. Ellen reads the audiobook. Actually, sound effects would have made it, um, an interesting listen.
5. Fifty Shades of Earl Grey, the parody by Fanny Merkin (a.k.a. book blogger Andrew Shaffer). “Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naive coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames?” These include, shopping at Walmart and love of role-playing games (not the sexy kind). Ebook and audiobook are due out July 10, paperback on July 31.
And of course, don’t forget the cast of Snow White and the Huntsman’s gallant attempt to read the book for MTV News.
Which is your fave? Share more in the comments!