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E.L. James’ Husband To Publish YA Novel

Could the next bestselling author be the husband of E.L. James, who wrote the international bestselling series Fifty Shades of Grey? Possibly.

According to Entertainment Weekly, James’ husband Niall Leonard is writing a “gritty” young adult fiction novel for Random House Children’s Publishing. The novel, called Crusher, is about a teenager accused of murdering his stepfather, something that Leonard says he’s been wanting to publish for quite some time.

[…] it finally all came together last November when my wife encouraged me to take part in the Nanowrimo novel-writing event.

The novel will be released by Doubleday in September.

I’ve got to wonder how easily Leonard will be able to ride the coattails of his wife’s success. Fifty Shades of Grey is popular because it took an underground, not-so-popular type of fiction and made it more accessible. A fantasy thriller for teens is something we’ve seen before. Also, since Leonard and his wife do not share the same last name, people generally won’t put two and two together; I don’t think her success will necessarily rub off on him. What do you guys think?

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‘Fifty Shades’ Now Has Its Own Fan Fiction

E.L. James started writing international bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey as Twilight fan fiction, substituting Edward and Bella for Christian and Anastasia and getting rid of the vampires. But now in a truly meta turn, Fifty Shades of Grey has its own fan fiction.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Fanfiction.net — where James originally started writing her Twilight fan fiction — is hosting a number of Fifty Shades fan fiction stories, which only date back to this March. Is it all becoming too much? Hillary Busis explains.

The concept of fan fiction itself, of course, is hardly new: “There was fan fiction before you called it fan fiction, and before there was copyright it was called writing,” University of Utah professor Anne Jamison told the AP when asked about this new trend. But would-be novelists who are writing fan fiction based on someone else’s fan fiction? That’s some seriously kooky hall of mirrors stuff.

What happens if one of these stories eventually morphs into another “original” novel? Will all fiction one day be traceable back to Twilight?

To be honest, I think the concept of fan fiction is a little odd, but that’s just me. This whole Fifty Shades fan fiction thing is as meta as meta gets, and it definitely drives me a little nuts. Love the books, but do we really need fan fiction about them? What do you think?

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New Books From ‘Fifty Shades’ Author E.L. James

After taking the country and general female population by storm, Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James told USA Today recently that she’s got two other novels stashed away. One is erotic, the other young adult paranormal. Not much more is known about the books other than E.L. James’ thoughts that they won’t be able to live up to the hype of Fifty Shades, as Carol Memmett explains.

“I’ve got several more good ideas but how do you follow this?” she says referring to Fifty Shades. “I’ve set the bar quite high in terms of storytelling.”

Will you read her other books? Even a young adult paranormal one?

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Review: Fifty Shades Darker

****Spoilers are included in this post, with the assumption that you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and probably already have a good idea about what happens in the second book. Consider yourself warned.

Recap: The second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series, Fifty Shades Darker delivers just that — a certain darkness not seen in the first book. Darker picks up right where the first book ends. The differences have become too great for Ana Steele and Christian Grey. But their break doesn’t last long, and once again, we’re caught up in the whirlwind romance — and mindblowing sex — that is their relationship. But Darker introduces new characters.

There’s Ana’s boss, Jack, yet another man who clearly has a thing for Ana. He gets creepier and creepier as the book goes on, proving that maybe Christian Grey has a point with his absurd overprotection. There’s also Elena — or as Ana refers to her, Mrs. Robinson. Elena is the woman who corrupted Grey when he was just a teenager, the woman who Christian refuses to acknowledge molested him. She also predictably becomes Ana’s mortal enemy and a persistent force to be reckoned with. There’s also Leila, a woman from Christian’s past who has some serious psychological issues.

And though these challenges make the progression of Ana and Christian’s relationship difficult, the two overcome many of their issues as best as they can, and look toward a permanent future together.

Analysis: Finally some depth! Fifty Shades of Grey gets the readers engrossed with oodles of sex. Darker doesn’t disappoint either, but the new characters add a new layer coldness and some action to an otherwise romantic novel. Jack makes inappropriate advances on Ana! Leila breaks into Ana’s apartment! Mrs. Robinson still wants Christian! Though the Leila storyline is particularly outlandish, it makes the story and the relationship between the two protagonists more serious.

As the book goes on, we also learn more about Christian’s childhood and why he is the way he is. Again, we’re getting deeper and darker, which both answers a lot of questions for readers and leaves us wondering more. In Darker, author E.L. James pulls us into the story with more than just sex.

That’s not to say there aren’t some truly ridiculous sequences of events — like the predictable and eye-roll-worthy marriage proposal or that Ana now wants to be treated more harshly during sex. The writing also continues to be poor. But again, if you’re looking to read a book for its literary wonder, this is the wrong book. If you like dirty, scandalous, and romantic, this is the book for you.

MVP: Elena. She’s one of the novel’s biggest villains, but she’s an interesting character and certainly keeps the reader guessing. With Ana so adamantly against her, and Christian so convinced that there are no lingering romantic feelings between the two, it’s hard to pick sides. And Elena’s insistence on becoming friends with Ana is equally as confusing to the reader as it is to Ana. There’s no greater moment of satisfaction than a particular party scene between Ana and Elena toward the end.

Get Fifty Shades Darker for just $9.57 in paperback.

Or on your Kindle for $9.99.

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Fifty Shades of Grey and Between Shades of Gray: Not the Same Thing

Fifty Shades of Grey  is not the only “grey” in town. But avid readers think it is and are consistently confusing it with the other one: Between Shades of Gray.

According to Entertainment Weekly, people are stopping in bookstore,s where there are readings for Between Shades of Gray confusing it for the sexy Grey. But what they’re learning is that they’re liking this other story — this completely unsexy story, as Stephen Lee explains.

Many of the E L James fans who wander into her readings — most of them men, she notes — stick around and end up learning something.

Between Shades of Gray is a young adult novel that tells the story of a girl struggling through the Baltic genocide. (See? CLEARLY not sexy.) However, the book is getting great praise on its own accord. And while the author, Ruta Sepetys, could find the confusion between the two hits frustrating, she appreciates it. After all, it’s bringing new readers to her book.

“The subject has come up at every high school and every bookstore I’ve been to,” Sepetys says with a laugh. However, she counts the title confusion as a positive.

Between Shades of Gray is resonating with people in a much different way than Fifty Shades, and despite its unsexiness, it definitely sounds as though it’s worth a read. Find out more about the novel from EW’s interview with Sepetys.

Or pick up a copy of Between Shades of Gray for $8.99 on your Kindle or in paperback.

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The Next Big Trilogy Is Getting Everyone Hot and Bothered

It’s the book that has women across the country hot and bothered: Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s the new adult fiction hit that’s selling so fast, publishers recently reached a deal to release more copies. And like Eat, Pray, Love and The Kite Runner, it’s also having a broad impact on women.

Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic novel — one that tells the story of a successful business man and his heated relationship with an innocent — or not-so-innocent — college student. Oh yes. I know you’re thinking dirty thoughts already.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, erotic novels are exactly the type that women will purchase on their e-readers. After all, no one can see what they’re buying and judge them for it. But Fifty Shades, which is the first in a trilogy of the same name, appeals to more than just the romance novel aficionados, and that’s why it’s #1 on The New York Times e-book fiction bestseller list and #3 on Amazon’s bestseller list, according to this article by The New York Times.

It’s selling out everywhere; not to mention, not too many copies were published because it was written by a British author, E L James. But alas, Vintage Books this week paid a 7-figure sum, winning a bidding war for the rights to all three books. New e-book versions of the trilogy will be released next week, followed by 750,000 print copies.

And as Julie Bosman explains, the book is doing more than just selling; it’s affecting women’s sex lives.

Except this book has been credited with something else: introducing women who usually read run-of-the-mill literary or commercial fiction to graphic, heavy-breathing erotica. And in the cities and suburbs of New York, Denver and Minneapolis, the women who have devoured the books say they are feeling the happy effects at home.

“It’s relighting a fire under a lot of marriages,” said Lyss Stern, the founder of DivaMoms.com and one of the early fans of the series. “I think it makes you feel sexy again, reading the books.”

So, will you be picking up a copy? I know I will!

The first book is available for pre-order on Amazon now for $10.85.

It’s also available on your Kindle for $9.99.

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