This is not because I am embarrassed at reading erotica (I'm sorry but George R.R. Martin took it there. I thought I was just getting a fantasy book... anyway, nothing moves you after him and Jackie Collins) and it's not because I think I'm too good for the books... it just doesn't interest me. Take away the erotica and all that's left is a romance. I'm not interested in romances unless there's something else to the plot, something substantial, hence why I don't mind supernatural romances. Even Twilight - yes, it was written badly, but the vampires gave it an edge so different to normal romances, and look where that ended up. Hey hey hey.
But when you're me, a young writer living in West London who used to write fanfiction and struggles with putting science fiction or fantasy books together, and then you find out that E.L. James has a bestselling trilogy with the film rights already snapped up and SHE also used to write fanfiction, and SHE lives in West London and she based her book off of TWILIGHT (?! Unbelievable shit!) Well. It was time to have a sit down and find out what the hell was going on.
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Did a teenager write this??? April 15, 2012
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Bestseller? Really??? March 25, 2012
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Oh My! What a pile of discarded panties 24 Jun 2012
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The Fifty Shades trilogy was developed from a Twilight fan fiction originally titled Master of the Universe and published episodically on fan-fiction websites under the pen name "Snowqueens Icedragon". The piece featured characters named after Stephenie Meyer's characters in Twilight, Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. After comments concerning the sexual nature of the material, James removed the story from the fan-fiction websites and published it on her own website, FiftyShades.com. Later she rewrote Master of the Universeas an original piece, with the principal characters renamed Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele and removed it from her website prior to publication. Meyer commented on the series, saying "that's really not my genre, not my thing ... Good on her – she's doing well. That's great!"
This reworked and extended version of Master of the Universe was split into three parts. The first, titled Fifty Shades of Grey, was released as an e-book and a print-on-demand paperback in May 2011 by The Writers' Coffee Shop, a virtual publisher based in Australia. The second volume, Fifty Shades Darker, was released in September 2011; and, the third, Fifty Shades Freed, followed in January 2012. The Writers' Coffee Shop had a restricted marketing budget and relied largely on book blogs for early publicity, but sales of the novel were boosted by word-of-mouth recommendation.
It was reported that Mark Wahlberg's production company was in the middle of buying the film rights to the trilogy until several studios, including Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, and Universal Pictures entered bids for the film rights, with reports stating that James was requesting to retain some control during the movie's creative process. On March 26, 2012 it was announced the rights had been secured by Universal Pictures and Focus Features.  Actors Ian Somerhalder and Ashley Benson have expressed interest in acting in the film. In June 2012, it was reported that Angelina Jolie was interested in directing the film and was currently in talks to direct the adaptation. American Psycho writer Bret Easton Ellis publicly expressed his desire to write the screenplay for the film stating, "I'm putting myself out there to write the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey..."______________________________________________________________
Did I mention? I didn't give up my day job.
Good thing too. I'm putting this whole writing thing on the shelf.
Once, I thought it was worth the stress, but... that was before I
started cutting myself. I say that now, but I will probably write
something tomorrow.) Anyway, ce n'est grave pas. I'm tired now.
All this thinking makes my head hurt.