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Sasha Grey

'50 Shades' Is Bush League

Author's a Sex Amateur

9/1/2013 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

082913_sasha_grey_launch"50 Shades of Grey" author E.L. James is a hack with no REAL sex experience ... at least according to porn legend Sasha Grey, who tells TMZ, she's way more qualified to write erotic fiction than some horny middle-aged woman.

In case you didn't know, 25-year-old Grey -- who starred in 271 adult films before officially retiring at age 23 -- just released her own erotic novel called The Juliette Society.

We asked Grey if she thinks she's more qualified to write erotica than 50-year-old former "Twilight" fanfic writer E.L. James ... and her response, "HELL YES."

She also tossed in a subtle insult, calling "50 Shades" a "romance" novel ... not real erotica.

But does she think she'll earn $95 million this year like James did? Watch the video. Sasha's hot.

Stephenie Meyer


'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author

8/10/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Screw professional courtesy ... "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer says she won't give E.L. James any casting advice for the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie .. because she REFUSES TO READ THE BOOK!!!

Meyer was leaving Hemmingway's in Hollywood with some friends last night when she fired the shot ... and it ain't the first time she's taken aim at the S&M-heavy trilogy.

Earlier this year, Meyer told The Guardian "50 Shades" was "too smutty" for her taste -- explaining, "Erotica is not something I read. I don't even read traditional romance."

It's unclear how E.L. feels about the diss -- but we're guessing she'd probably give Stephenie a pair of those ben wa balls and tell her to go (well, you know) herself.

'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Pulls Off Ladies' Pantyhose

... Deal

8/13/2012 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Forget carrying it in your purse -- now you can keep "Fifty Shades of Grey" where it matters most ... near your special lady place ... because TMZ has learned, the people behind the book just inked a massive women's underwear deal.

A rep for CopCorp Licensing tells TMZ, three apparel companies have just locked down the FIRST EVER licensing deals with author E.L. James to distribute "Fifty Shades"-themed clothes ... from t-shirts and hoodies ... to ladies' pantyhose, underwear, and pajamas.

According to CopCorp, FREEZE Clothing will be selling the knits, tees, and hoodies. A company called HYP will be selling hosiery, garters, and tights. And something called Briefly Stated will sell daywear, loungewear, and sleepwear (including underwear).

It's big news -- considering "Fifty Shades" is one of the most valuable licenses on the planet right now ... after the series sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.

Here's hoping the new merch comes with moisture protection.

'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Linked to

Vagina Ball Explosion

5/18/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The sultry bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" is causing a boom in the sex toy market -- in fact, a company that specializes in vaginal exercise balls says it's sold a record number of hoo-ha doodads in the last month ... all thanks to the book.

A rep for the sex toy company -- called Fun Factory -- just sent a thank you letter to "Fifty Shades" publisher Vintage Books, writing, "In the last month, our Smart Balls sales have gone up 300%."

In case you haven't read the book -- the main character Christian Grey uses a pair of Kegel exercise doohickeys called Ben-Wa balls on his female sex slave (for those with the book, skip to page 362).

The rep writes, "Thanks to the book, we are getting emails and calls from around the world asking about our Smart Balls ... Yesterday, the Fun Factory office received an email from a 74-year-old woman in Dubai who read the book while vacationing in the USA."

Vagina balls ... uniting cultures.

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