It’s a little distressing to discover that the phenomenal success of the erotica series Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James will have a lasting (if unexpected) impact on the culture. From EW’s “Shelf Life”:
Call it the Fifty Shades bump — literally. BabyCenter has released their yearly list of most popular baby names and — shocker! — the Class of 2030 will be seeing a lot more Anastasias and Greys. Wait, Greys? Yes, readers. When bestowing a Fifty Shades-inspired moniker on their child, parents chose not Christian, but Grey. The name saw a 20 percent jump from last year. On the girls’ side of things, Anastasia rose ten percent, while Ana climbed 35 spots. I suppose we should just be thankful these parents are still together. Make love, not war, right?There’s more to this amusing piece, and it’s here.