Very few stories have been parodied quite to the extent of Fifty Shades of Grey, with this page alone listing 98 different published takeoffs available for purchase, but they don’t get much funnier than the Twitter page 50 Nerds of Grey.
Most men will fail to see why Fifty Shades of Grey was so popular, it’s so easy to find far more explicit material pretty much anywhere on the internet, but for some reason this relatively timid tome was a massive hit amongst female readers. For those that have been completely disconnected from society since 2010, the Fifty Shades franchise consists of four novels, the first being adapted into a feature film starring Dakota Johnson in 2015, a sequel released earlier in the month and at least another in the pipeline.
The series revolves around tortured billionaire Christian Grey’s fetish for S&M and his submissive lover, Anastasia Steele. Fifty Shades saw author EL James sore to the top of Forbes’ list of highest earning authors in August 2013 with a whopping $95 million including $5 million for the film rights. The books, however, were panned by critics, the first being constantly ridiculed, opening the floodgates for the likes of 50 Nerds of Grey.
A lot of us have an affinity with geekiness and 50 Nerds of Grey panders to that, combining the BDSM tension of the original series and a smattering of Harry Potter and mathematics references in the form of a tweet. Although the Twitter account features a headshot of British actor Richard Ayode in the role of Maurice Moss in the UK sitcom The IT Crowd, 50 Nerds of Grey is written by an anonymous Brit from Milton Keynes and is considered the mother of all Fifty Shades parodies.
Take a look at some of the other highlights from 50 Nerds of Grey: