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The female phenomenon of "50 Shades of Grey"

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A New York Times bestseller has become a phenomenon among American women. FOX 25's Sara Underwood decided to interview fans, a psychotherapist, and even her own husband, in hopes of finding out what is so special about "50 Shades of Grey."

Women are obsessed with the erotic novel. Their obsessions focus mainly on the main character, Christian Grey, who seems to know everything his girlfriend wants, in and out of bed.

Sara's research took her to a book club formed by four sisters. They say women they'd never expect to read it have admitted they are glued to the novel.

"People you'd never expect," says Amy Chase, "Like the P.T.O. president telling me she's reading it...like really?"

The trilogy by E.L. James has been dubbed "mommy porn" by some, but for others, it has been liberating. Billionaire hunk Christian Grey's kinky adventures with his young girlfriend, Anastasia Steele, have opened up a number of topics many women previously considered taboo.

Despite its rising popularity, a handful of libraries have banned the novel due to its erotic nature. That hasn't prevented women from grabbing the book off of store shelves and beginning book clubs simply to discuss sex and how to better couples' lives in bed.

Dr. Karen Ruskin is a psychotherapist who says women are attracted to the main character's confidence and creativity in the bedroom.

"What the men aren't getting is that you got to do more than just… are you in the mood? Or just like roll over and touch her," says Dr. Ruskin.

Dr. Ruskin also shared some thoughts that men should take away from Christian Grey's actions.

 "Women want to be taken, she says, "They want to be wanted. Women are exhausted from communicating about what they want all day long to their man and want their man just to know what they want."

With all of the research Sara did, the book became a topic of conversation in her home as well.

Sara discussed the book with husband Michael Felger, best known for the Felger and Mazz show on 98.5 the Sports Hub.

Felger admits he's never read the book, but he feels the book makes women more amorous.

"In my experience, it unlocks the woman a little bit for whatever reason ... I don't know, I haven't read a word. I don't know anything about it except that it makes the woman more amorous," Felger explains to his wife.

Clearly the book is not for everyone. Some say it is poorly written, inappropriate, and even totally offensive. Others say it has made women more open with one another, and has lit dull marriages on fire again.

The book will also be turned into a movie. Members of Sara's book club say they are excited to see who is chosen to play Christian Grey, but they hope to finish the series by the time it comes out.

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