Fifty Shades of Grey, like Twilight before it, has snared legions of teeming fangirls — all enamored of the book’s hero, the wealthy bondage aficionado Christian Grey.
And Fifty Shades of Grey, like Twilight before it, has also built up a veritable industry based on its rabid fandom — the BDSM industry itself has experienced a major influx of newbies, sex toy sales are way up and most marital aid makers have introduced a Fifty Shades of Grey themed kit to induce curious novices to purchase more bondage-related items.
But Fifty Shades of Grey has joined Twilight in achieving a level of fandom not common, particularly for schmoopy romantic fiction — now fans of the books can travel to the Pacific Northwest to stay in a hotel suite inspired by the racy and controversial novel trilogy, dragging husbands and boyfriends along to experience the full FSoG experience — BDSM supplies not included, of course.
It’s not just one area hotel capitalizing on the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, however — CNN reports a few are cashing in, such as the Hotel Max in Seattle, and that joint boasts:
“Live out your fantasies with a two-night getaway in an Artist King room on the romantic 8th floor. During your stay, enjoy chauffeured town car service, a helicopter tour of the city and a private four-hour skippered sailing excursion on Puget Sound with gourmet picnic and a bottle of Bollinger Grande Année Rosé 1999 Champagne, a favorite of Mr. Grey himself.”
The cost of two nights of Fifty Shades of Grey shenanigans? More than $1600. And at Portland’s Heathman Hotel, a setting in the book, fans can have a book-themed party, the site explains:
“In honor of Mr Grey’s chopper, The Heathman is offering a “Charlie Tango No Limits” add-on package that includes appetizers and white wine at the hotel restaurant for six people, a helicopter tour of Portland, roses for the women, dinner at the hotel and limo transfers… The price of this one is US$2,750.”
The Fifty Shades of Grey packages are new and may or may not wind up successful… but the cost of getting on FetLife and meeting your own Mr. Grey is still free.