When I heard about this book 50 Shades of Grey (trilogy), it was from fans who love Twilight and Twilight fan fiction. For those of you who don’t know what fan fiction is, “ It is a broadly-defined term for fan labor regarding stories about characters or settings written by fans of the original work, rather than by the original creator.” 50 Shades of Grey, written by E. L. James, is actually a fan fiction using Twilight characters Edward and Bella. The fan fic was called Master of the Universe. Chances are you will not find this fic on the web because it was “P2P” (pulled to publish) March 2011. Hence we have the 50 Shades trilogy.
From what I have heard from those who have read both versions of her story, they are incredibly similar with all characters resembling Stephenie Meyer’s creations. It seems 50 Shades has not been revamped at all from it’s original story, hence there are many writers who are very upset that James is making profit off of characters who are not hers, but that’s another story for a different day.
Apparently Universal/Focus Features has purchased the rights for a movie deal, paying James an estimated $5M. Part of her negotiations is to have approval of script and casting. So what is MoTU/50 Shades about?
- “When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.”
- “Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.“
What this summary does not tell you is that almost every chapter is filled with very explicit sex in BDSM fashion where Grey is the dominant and Steele is the submissive. To have a film made would require a NC-17rating at the very least. Frank Santo from New York Daily News called it “pornography, plain and simple”.
At the viral rate the ebook (popular way for people to not know you are reading porn) was passed by word of mouth, you can bet every reader will be very angry if they don’t get to see their beloved Edward/Christian and Bella/Anastasia get their kinky funk on.
The book has been compared to the film “9 ½ weeks” starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. For most Twilight fans and readers of James’s books, Robert Pattinson is the Edward/Christian they have pelvic thrusting in their imaginations. Perhaps they will want him to star in the film. (Please don’t Rob. Just…No.)
It will be interesting to see how soon the film actually gets a script, cast, and into preproduction. The only book series I can compare this new book phenomena are not even in the same hemisphere so let’s just look at how soon the movie rights were made after the books were published.
Harry Potter: published in 1997, released in the US in 1998/ filming began in 2000 and was out the summer of 2001. It took a total of 4 years, 5 films and grossed $7,706,147,978 worldwide.
Twilight: Published in 2005/ released 2008. Three years total with one film remaining to be released. Total world wide gross as of now is $2,049,943,821.
Considering the ebook version of 50 Shades was released in June 2011, the competition between studios to get the movie rights shows that HW doesn’t really care what gets made as long as it makes a profit. If this world has any humanity left, this film will not ever be made; at least for the big screen. There is a reason why “Man” created pay-per-view.
Please join us for a discussion Tuesday 4/3/2012@7pmE/12UTC