After my last blog on reports that the "50-shades" novels by E.L. James were purportedly responsible for marked increases inFront Cover of First Fifty Shades of Grey Book sales of rope at hardware stores all around New York City, I have learned an interesting little tidbit: There are no descriptions of rope being used in the books. None. A fan of the novels who has read each and every word of the trilogy tells me that the only mention of rope in the books is when the male protagonist of the books, Mr. Grey himself, walks into a hardware store where the female protagonist works, and asks for "natural filiament rope."  That is it.

Other than the inuendo of that single mention of rope near the beginning of the series, there are no steamy descriptions of rope bondage scenes in any of the three Shades-of-Grey books.  According to my friend, the few bondage scenes actually described in the books feature handcuffs or cable ties.

I think this speaks to just how captivating the concept of rope restraint truly is to people. The idea of experiencing rope bondage is apparently so appealing to the people that are drawn to these best-selling kink-themed books that hardware stores are being inundated by customers coming in and repeating the line from the book asking specifically for "natural filament rope."  Most of the new customers are reportedly snatching up cotton clothesline or nylon rope. I welcome them to the community of people who find rope restraint so enticing for so many varied reasons. I just wish they could get their hands on some natural cotton or linen ropes that are really suited for bondage. Then they'd see just how much more exciting and satisfying it is to actually do rope bondage than read about oblique references to it.