Could Kink be next 50 Shades of Grey? Stories give insight into BDSM

Could Kink be the next 50 Shades of Grey? ‘Groundbreaking’ collection of racy short stories offers insight into the world of BDSM with ‘upsetting, confusing and exciting’ tales of ‘submission and domination’

  • Kink, a collection of racy short stories, has been hailed as ‘groundbreaking’ 
  • Anthropology was edited by lauded writers R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell
  • Stories explore bondage, power-play, and submissive-dominant relationships
  • Set in private estates, underground sex clubs, and a Victorian-era sex theatre

A ‘groundbreaking’ collection of racy short stories could be the next 50 Shades of Grey with its depiction of the world of BDSM.

Kink, which was edited by lauded American authors, R.O. Kwon who penned  ‘The Incendiaries,’ and Garth Greenwell, the writer of ‘Cleanness’, explores bondage, power-play and submissive-dominant relationships and was released yesterday. 

Cosmopolitan hailed the anthology of literary fiction as ‘featuring an all-star ensemble’ of authors, including Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay and Carmen Maria Machado.

Meanwhile the New York Times praised Greenwell’s story in the collection as ‘a sprawling, moving, upsetting, confusing, exciting tale of submission, domination and resolution.’

Kink, a ‘groundbreaking’ collection of racy short stories, could be the next 50 Shades of Grey with its depiction of the dark world of BDSM (pictured, Dakota Johnson and James Doman in Fifty Shades Darker)

Stories within the collection are set  in private estates, underground sex clubs, therapists offices, and a Victorian-era sex theatre. 

While there are whips and chains, the stories often contain  moving plots from across the sexual spectrum of interest and desires.

The collection also contains a diverse selection of writing from different races, ethnicities, gender identities and sexualities. 

Writing in The Guardian, Kwon explained she began working on the idea of an anthology in autumn 2017.  

It’s release comes after the success of EL James’ Fifty Shades trilogy, which has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 50 languages 

She said that after stumbling across a story by Garth Greenwell in the Paris Review about two men meeting for a sadomasochistic hook-up, she wrote to the author to suggest they worked together on a collection.  

Kwon explained: ‘My co-editor and I are on the side of increased openness, and when we talked about what our anthology should look like, we realized it was of high importance to us both that we refrain from defining kink. 

‘Instead, we hoped to include as large a variety of perspectives as possible, and to open, to expand, rather than to close any gates.’

She said when putting together the collection, the enthusiasm from authors was ‘as startling as it was moving’.

Kwon added: ‘As still more writers sent us work, and as the collection came together, I loved how wide-ranging the stories turned out to be, how vast the theater of human desire.’  

The editor said she hoped the book would help to ‘destigmatize kink by making it more visible’.

According to the New York Times, Kwon and Greenwell write in the introduction that the book serves to ‘recognize how the questions raised in intimate, kinky encounters — questions of power, agency, identity — can help us to interrogate and begin to rescript the larger cultural narratives that surround us.’ 

South Korean-born American author R.O. Kwon, who penned ‘The Incendiaries,’ is one of the editors for the collection 


Cosmopolitan hailed the anthology of literary fiction as ‘featuring an all-star ensemble’ of authors, including Roxane Gay (left) and Carmen Maria Machado (right) 

EL James’ Fifty Shades trilogy – Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed – were the top three best selling books of the past decade, and were all turned into films by Universal Pictures.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were cast as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, which earned $569.6 million worldwide from just a $40 million budget.

Johnson and Dornan returned for 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker and 2018’s Fifty Shades Freed, with the trilogy earning $1.323 billion at the worldwide box office.

EL James’ Fifty Shades trilogy – Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed – were the top three best selling books of the past decade, and were all turned into films by Universal Pictures

James’ Fifty Shades trilogy has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 50 languages.

The author has been married to screenwriter Niall Leonard since 1987, who wrote for a number of British TV shows like Wild at Heart, Wire in the Blood and Monarch of the Glen, before writing the adaptations of Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

James was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012, and Publishing Weekly’s Publishing Person of the Year in the same year.    

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