In honor of last week’s announcement that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson have been cast as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele respectively, I give you what is arguably the most successful book trailer ever to hit Youtube: Gilbert Gottfried reading from E. L. James’ bondage romance/Twilight fanfiction, 50 Shades of Grey.
For those readers who were unaware that this was a thing, yes, people do in fact make trailers about books in order to promote them and increase publicity for the book prior to them hitting the shelves, just like studios do with movies. While more often than not these trailers get lost in the abyss that is Youtube, some of these trailers are very well done and go viral, like the one for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which I personally think is better than the movie trailer for the adaptation). And even though this Jest Comedy short isn’t technically a book trailer, it is doing the same thing as these trailers—getting the word out that this book exists, and giving readers a sample of some of its “prose” (as those close to me already know, I am not what you would call a fan of this series)—and therefore I consider it acceptable to categorize it as a book trailer.
Without further ado, here is Gilbert Gottfried reading from 50 Shades of Grey. Dear readers, be warned: this is real text (I’ve unfortunately read the book so I can attest to this) from a book of “mommy porn,” so it does get graphic. If that isn’t your cup of tea, do not press Play. Otherwise, enjoy!