Book club says 'Fifty Shades of Grey' changed their lives
One of the people profiled in Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People" has made quite the impact in the D.C. area.
Walters profiled British author E.L. James, who penned the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy.
In Montgomery County, a book club says the book has changed their lives - at least their love lives.
Feasting on bondage-themed appetizers, like "breadcuffs" and "licorice whips" the, the women dish on their favorite guilty pleasure.
All of the women are married, and some of them say the erotic best-seller has actually spiced up their own lives.
Angela Blum said, "It helped my marriage, because it gave me a little bit more confidence to play around."
But not everyone loved the story of young, naive college student Anastasia Steele seduced by the dashing entrepreneur Christian Grey.
"The way that he treated her; every time she'd end up crying in her room upset about something. Why would you go back to a guy who is treating you that way? Why would you let him do those kinds of things to you?," asked Susan Hmel.
Book club member Angela Sharma countered, "I mean, I could identify with Anastasia, because I know when I was younger I was a door mat...it's taken me 20 years to be like, 'No, wait a minute. That's not okay.'"
The women say that in the 10 years they've been meeting for their monthly book club, there has never been a discussion as lively as the one on "50", as they call it.