This is the sexy (and sometimes very kinky) fantasy set in Seattle that started out as Twilight fan fiction before morphing into a self-published ebook, and now Vintage (with whom the author inked a seven-figure deal) has published the paperbacks, which are currently topping the NYT‘s bestsellers list EL James’s erotic novels are earning comments by readers who consider the books everything from execrable to engrossing. Yep, the movie rights have already been sold for a cool $5 million with speculation on who will play the lead characters (I confess, I CANNOT envision Robert Pattinson in this role. Grey is described as beautiful and sex on legs . . .)
I have lots of thoughts swirling in my head. If Christian Grey was any more complicated a character, I think my poor head would explode. Take about mercurial! And sometimes, downright scary.
I have to think about Grey and the complex dynamics of his relationship with Anastasia Steele. About domination and submission and control issues in relationships and how childhood abuse/depravation can damage a person. And other stuff, such as–is this well-written writing? Or does all the “kinky f***ery” as Ana dubs it get in the way? Since I do write erotic romance, I consider it possible for sexy and well-written to peacefully co-exist
Plus there is the whole issue of what this means in terms of fan fiction, its increasingly higher profile and the mainstream (which I touched upon with my F3 post, Fanstravaganza3 Fanfiction: Goin’ Mainstream).
So– there will be another blogpost to come on this trilogy. I will be interested to hear from any of you who have read the Fifty Shades concerning your own impressions of the books.
- Fifty Shades of Grey: Who Should Play Christian Grey? (people.com)
- Popular romance trilogy gets US publisher (seattletimes.nwsource.com)