Erotica Top Selling Genre at Copperfield's

Fifty Shades of Gray top selling title at Petaluma bookstore, followed by The Hunger Games.


What were Petalumans reading this year?

If sales at Copperfield’s are any indication, local readers went nuts for erotica, at least the type supplied by Fifty Shades of Gray, and the post-apocalyptic The Hunger Games, with the titles placing first and second respectively in the bookseller’s list of top selling books.

The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey are vastly different books but they deal with the need to restore one’s power in whatever way seems to work, sometimes without regard to the moral implications,” said Copperfield’s Book Buyer, Sheryl Cotleur.   

The Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy tells the story of a young woman and her older lover, and accounted for nearly half of all sales from the Top 10 list. The Hunger Games tells the story of 16-year-old Katniss who must compete in gladiator-like Olympics that are also a reality show.

Other books on the Top 10 list include State of Wonder, a novel by Ann Patchett and The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht, both made the list in positions 6 and 10 respectively. Also making the list and representing the only nonfiction was Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.

Glee star Chris Colfer captured the number 8 spot with his children’s book The Land of Stories, primarily amassing sales in one day during his appearance in Copperfield’s Petaluma store this summer.

That was followed by Bossypants, a memoir from funny lady Tina Fey.

Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts and make a recommendation to other readers.

Alyssa December 21, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Jane Austen and the Archangel, a beautiful, subtly erotic romance, is now available at Copperfield's Petaluma and on Amazon (print and Kindle), Barnes and Noble Nook and audio. http://tinyurl.com/7ezc5mg
Goofpod December 21, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Another sad reflection on our society. What a legacy we leave our children. And, to profit from it! Shame.
Cerberus December 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Sad reflection? Really? What's sadder? To take a normal, physical behavior and emotion and to shutter it away in a dark basement, or to talk about it, discuss it, understand it and embrace it? We've seen what happens when we take sex and bury it down deep- it becomes something done in the dark recesses of the church, by old men who have no normal, natural outlet. Perhaps, if our society didn't demonize it, but rather accepted it for what it is, normal, in all it's (legal) variations (hetero, homo, fantasy, role-play, etc.), many of the illegal acts of the last few years would never have come to pass, as there would be legal outlets for sexual urges. Besides, at worst, 50 Shades and similar novels are fantasy fodder, and certainly adults who purchase them are able to decide for themselves, rather than have some old fuddy-duddy interject his/her 17th century puritanical mores on the rest of us. If you don't like it, don't buy it, but please don't foist your values on those of us unafraid to read and explore the rest of the world.
Darris December 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Fifty Shades . . . What's sad is that this series is so popular and so poorly written! I've only read a few pages but that was quite enough for me to make a decision not to invest my time. I realize that I'm in the minority with this viewpoint. I think it's fabulous that someone can plunk out these books and make a living . . . so who am I to judge . . .


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