Are People More Excited for Michelle Obama’s Book Than Sex? (Yes, Yes They Are)

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An uproar has erupted in the literary world as Michelle Obama’s Becoming is poised to knock a veritable juggernaut of fine literature out of its spot as Amazon’s longest-running No. 1 best-selling book.

Nah, I’m fucking with you—it was just Fifty Shades of Grey, a sweaty fan fiction account of a wispy white women and the man who stalks and harasses her and tries to make it look like a BDSM kink, whose equally white and sweaty movie adaptation engendered what you cannot tell me isn’t one of the worst Weeknd songs ever made.

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According to CNN, Becoming has enjoyed a two-month streak at the top of Amazon’s list. The book has gone through multiple reprints and has likely sold into the multiple millions, if its first-week sales even remotely continued at the same pace.

What I’m saying is, people seem to enjoy both inspo porn and… bad softcore porn. The goddamn American dream, folks.

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The continued success of Obama’s book doesn’t come as a surprise, though. The memoir has been doing crazy numbers since before its release, topping both Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s best-seller lists on preorders alone. She’s also been chilling on the New York Times best-seller list for a smooth eight weeks, CNN notes.

You earned it, Michelle!

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Natalie Degraffinried

Natalie Degraffinried is a staff editor for Kotaku.