Fifty Shades of Grey Sparks Rise in S&M, Bondage, Rope Sales

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Fifty Shades of Grey is a must-read for women everywhere. Apparently, the EL James novel is also making S&M and bondage gear a must-buy for some.

The buzzed-about book has left unassuming New York women so feverish, they’ve been snapping up the tools and toys that the hunky Christian Grey favors.

They’re even slipping into stores and asking for bondage material - the type of natural filament rope used in the trilogy - the New York Post reports.

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“Oh, we’ve been selling rope to women,” says Clifton Kahn, owner of Lexington Hardware on the Upper East Side. “I’d say tenfold more rope than usual."

"The women are definitely buying, and it’s still continuing.”

Apparently tying someone up isn't expensive. The store’s most popular item is soft-cotton “clothes line” rope, which retails at a bargain $5 for 50 feet.

Tarzian Hardware in Park Slope, Brooklyn, has also seen the trend.

“It’s usually men buying rope, but women, they’ve been coming in the last few months,” the manager told the newspaper. “I’ve actually read the book. So when the women began buying rope, it was kind of like, ‘Hmmm, that does seem unusual.’”

While New Yorkers act out their S&M fantasies, casting the movie roles of Christian and Anastasia has become an online fantasy game of sorts this spring.

Some stars, such as Ian Somerhalder, have expressed interest in the film themselves. Who can you see as the two leads? Vote in our polls below!

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I really hope the movie does a better job of portraying the lifestyle than the books did. Good rope=jute or natural like Lovers Knot Rope Company; bad rope=nylon at local hardware store.

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~chuckles~ I could play the role of Mr. Gray but I'd have to dumb down my skill set and assume a "damaged boy" mentality. I'm the real deal, lifestyle Dominant for over 25 years. BDSM is a sexuality and much like other sexualities over the years, has been repressed by societal misunderstanding. The relationship is built upon the cornerstones of transparent communication, trust and integrity. It is a loving and secure bond. Studies have proven that BDSM relationships outlast non BDSM marriages by a vast margin. There are no illusions or assumptions, all is open for discussion and compromise within a relationship. :)

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There's no man that I've seen yet who can play christian...

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ED WESTWICK as Christian GREY and noone else!!!

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I really really do not want kristen stewart or robert pattinson playing in this movie!!!! they already have the twilights which i love and i dont want to watch this movie and be picturing them in twilight it wouldnt seem real to me

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I honestly think Alex Pettyfer or Chris Hemsworth would be perfect for Christian Grey !

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Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester

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MATT BOMER

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I think Jesse Pavelka should play Christian Grey. To me he's what I pictured when reading and he has the face where you would blush at the sight of him. His strong facial features aslo make him a great DOM..

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I second Celeste on the ED WESTWICK nomination for Christian Grey ;) he would be awesome!