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5 reasons 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is everywhere

In the book world, it’s safe to say this will be the year of grey, and this week, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' turned 20 million shades of green, according to the Wall Street Journal (more on that in a minute). The fictional erotic trilogy is fast becoming a surprise pop culture phenomenon that’s breaking records around the world – and at 30,000 feet in the air. Here’s five reasons “Fifty Shades” is everywhere right now.

By Husna Haq

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1. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' turns 20 million shades of green

As the Journal reports, the racy trilogy is expected to hit the 20 million sales mark in the US this week, making it “one of the fastest-selling book series in recent memory.” As of July 2, the trilogy sold 19.4 million copies in both print and e-book form since its publication in March. It’s expected to hit 20 million this month; by comparison, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” took more than three years to hit 20 million in sales in the US.

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