E.l James - 50 Shades of Grey Success Pays Off For Random House Employees, 5000 Times
For those discerning readers who ask for something both moral and educational from their novels, the question about what good 50 Shades of Grey could ever do the world has been answered.
Due to it's enormous and unexpected success, employees in the USA branch of Random House are set to receive a fantastic Christmas present in the form of a $5000 bonus. Every single one of them (if they've been working there for 12 months or more), reports the New York Times, who quipped it "Call it 5,000 shades of green," witty.
The CEO of the company, Markus Dohle announced it to a crowd of employees who applauded the news for minutes on end. He said that it was due to a fantastically profitable year, which has been put down to the release of E.L. James' record breaking trilogy 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades Darker, and 50 Shades Free. Not only have the books been best sellers, but also through eBooks and the signing of a contract for it to be adapted into a film. In total it sold over 35 million copies in the USA alone.
Although the big 5k is only for those members of staff that have been working there for a year or more, other members of staff will also be gifted with a monetary addition to their standard paycheck, dependent on how long they've worked with the company. Despite the book causing us to groan in despair at the apparent erosion of literary integrity, we're more than pleased with the result of its success, in this heart warmning generosity from a great company.