E.L. James’ new book in her insanely well-known Fifty Shades of Grey franchise is officially out. While the book, titled Grey, is the fourth installment in the hit series, it centers on the same story as the first novel, only this time from Christian Grey’s perspective.
Grey revolves around Christian’s initial meeting with Anastasia Steele and the events that followed. Although the book doesn’t cover new ground, James revealed that the reason she wrote it was because of the many requests she received from fans. According to the New York Post, James received an enormous amount of emails and social media posts from fans asking her to tell the story from Christian’s perspective.
Since the new book is told from a male perspective in contrast to the female perspective the first book was based on, one interesting aspect is just how Christian viewed his encounters with Anastasia. Although one might think his story would be filled with the usual male thoughts of sports, women, and food, most of Christian’s perspective is filled with thoughts on fashion and, of course, Anastasia.
Apart from seeing the events unfold from an entirely new perspective, the new book also offers more insight into a few other characters, including Elena. Elena was Christian’s first dominant partner who taught him everything.
“‘I remember my first time with Elena, how embarrassing it was, but what a Heaven-sent relief,’ Christian reminded himself in the book when he first slept with Anastasia. ‘If I do nothing else, I will teach her not to be shy of her body.'”
While the book may not feature any major twists and surprises, there was one thing that surprised James when she penned this one.
“Christian’s relationship with his brother, Elliott, which was a lot closer than I had imagined,” the author noted when asked about what was the most surprising thing about her new book.
Meanwhile, James’ franchise is gearing up for a second and third movie adaptation for the books Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Following the success of the first movie and the release of her newest novel, many are beginning to wonder if Grey will also be made into a movie.
If her newest book is adapted to the big screen, the next big question is whether or not Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reprise their roles for an adaptation of the new book. Although their contracts cover the next two movies in the franchise, anything beyond that is still up for negotiation, the Daily Mail reports.
Fifty Shades Darker is set for a February 2017 release, with Freed to come out February 2018.
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