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We know the author gets a lot of the same questions from the media and FSoG fans, so we thought we’d make her first interview of 2013 a fun one!
ELementary, my dear Ms. James ;)
Looks like one fan favorite was in his ELement ;)
Feel free to play along in the comments and tell us your answers to the questions.
We enjoyed this and hope to play again sometime. What “Would you rather…” questions would you like us to pose to her? We’ll include our faves in the next round!
Ms. James’s eager participation is another greyt reason to vote for her in the Shorty Awards in the Author category. Vote here.
This is the 5th year for the awards, which honor “the best in social media; recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web.”
As most of you know, the author truly appreciates her fans and is very approachable, especially through her presence on Twitter.
To nominate E L James in the Author category, go here. You can help get the word out there by tweeting your nomination. Thanks!
The ceremony to present the awards will be held on April 8, 2013 at the TimesCenter in New York City. To find out details about how you can attend in person or to watch live online, visit the official Shorty Awards website here.
Time to start dropping hints to your significant other! The hardcovers will be available just in time for Valentine’s Day ;)
From USA Today:
On Jan. 29, Doubleday will release 200,000 copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed in hardback for $26.95 each. There also will be a shrink-wrapped set of the three books for $80.85.
Why the new format? “As interest in the Fifty Shades trilogy has grown, readers have been asking for hardcover editions of the books,” says James’ publisher Anne Messitte in an e-mail. “These new hardcovers include unique production elements, making them the ultimate collector’s editions for readers of the trilogy.”
We think the jacket covers are beautiful and love the special bonus features:
As all good fans know, there’s just something exciting about being able to add to your collection!
The hardcovers are now available for preorder on Amazon. Go here.
If this journey has taught us anything, it’s that the media loves to put a spin on things. They know that the FSoG fandom is hungry for information and what it takes to push our buttons.
We’re as excited as you are to hear about Team Fifty’s progress, so when online articles started to surface about interviews with Kelly Marcell, the screenwriter for the project, we eagerly clicked away and started reading. However, after reading, we went with our gut and decided this was another case of the media putting a spin on her words and waited before posting anything here. We’re glad we did.
Kelly Marcel took to Twitter to denounce using the word “raunchy” when talking about the FSoG script as well the NC-17 rating. (To read more about MPAA movie ratings, go here.)
To be absolutely clear I NEVER said what the film would be rated. Only the ratings board can decide what the rating will be.
Earlier this month, Fifty Shades of Grey was named most popular fiction book of the year at the Specsavers National Book Awards in London (read more here). The win put the book on the shortlist for best overall book of the year, which was then put to a public vote (read more here).
Well, the voice of loyal FSoG fans has been heard loud and clear. Fifty Shades of Grey is your winner!
Written, of course, by E L James, the author had this to say about the win. “Thank you so much for this wonderful award. I am truly honoured. I have to thank the readers and the retailers for making Fifty Shades of Grey the success it has become. It’s really quite overwhelming.”
The founder of the UK based Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins, said, “These awards were a celebration of the books that people took to their hearts and in some cases made the headlines in 2012. Anyone given book tokens for Christmas only needs to look at the shortlist for inspiration as to what to spend them on.”
To read the complete article regarding the announcement and view the list of categories/winners nominated for the award, go here.
We want to thank everyone who took the time to vote, too. ‘The Year of Fifty’ continues :) Congrats, E!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “No one had more of an impact on publishing in 2012 than E.L. James.” The FSoG fandom couldn’t agree more!
The books’ success got publishers to take fan fiction and the threat of self-publishing seriously. (Grey began as a Twilight-inspired online story before snagging a seven-figure advance from Vintage.)
“I didn’t go through an agent and wait six weeks while they decided,” says the married mother of two teenage sons of her nontraditional path. The great thing about being an author, confesses James — even a best-selling one — is that “I can still get on the [subway] without being recognized.”
Those of us who have been a part of the fanfiction world for a long time know that E L James has now become the Oprah of fanfic. (Ironically enough, there are four different covers for the ‘Rule Breakers’ issue, and Oprah is featured on one of them.)
The door was only open a crack for fellow fanfic writers before Fifty Shades came along and flung it wide open. We’re thrilled to see other authors/stories getting mainstream recognition, such as Sylvain Reynard (Gabriel’s Inferno/Gabriel’s Rapture), J M Darhower (Sempre), Debra Anastasia (Poughkeepsie), Alice Clayton (Wallbanger), and Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard).
Hollywood is clearly taking notice too, having recently secured the rights to Sempre. With the support of a built-in fan base behind them and a growing number of new fans, we won’t be surprised if more fanfic authors find themselves landing a major publishing deal and/or getting an ”I nearly fell off my chair” email that Hollywood has come calling.
To read the complete THR article, click here.
One more time… Congrats, E!
USA TODAY‘s decision is based in part on the fact that “…an unknown Brit proved that Americans can be passionate, feverish, even obsessive readers,” and that the Fifty Shades Trilogy has sold 35 million copies this year in the USA alone.
With corresponding movies in the works, there’s no sign of things slowing down any time soon, either. Yet despite the whirlwind that has become ‘The Year of Fifty,’ the author is finding time to rework her first novel, which she tells USA Today may end up being two novels when all is said and done.
Q: Have you set a publication date for your new novel?
A: No pub date.
Q: Another trilogy?
A: I think it will be two books.
To read the online article, click here. To read the rest of the Q&A, which includes hot topics such as casting Fifty Shades of Grey and a fourth Fifty Shades book told from Christian’s POV, click here.
We will never get tired of saying this… Congrats again, E!
Barnes & Noble announced their Top 100 Bestsellers of 2012 list, and our favorite books by E L James claimed 4 out of the Top 5 spots! They’re also on sale if you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift and/or your copies are getting worn out ;)
The Big Issue asked the Fifty Shades of Grey author what she would say to her 16-year-old self if she could go back in time and revealed some of her answers online today.
Topics discussed include dating, teen angst, the price of success, her sons, love, laughter, and the joy of motherhood.
If I went back and told my teenage self what was in store for her she’d be completely freaked out. She’s been writing stories since primary school, so if I told her she would actually get published, she’d be very proud. But if I gave her a hint of the scale of the success she’d be giddy and scared. And to be honest, that’s how I feel now.
I’d tell my 16-year-old self – value your privacy. Going through the process since Fifty Shades began to take off, I’ve realised I don’t want celebrity. I’m not interested in doing lots of interviews, going on TV – any of that. People make assumptions about you based on nothing. It’s frightening. I want to be able to go on the Tube and listen to my iPod and no one knows who I am. I’ve had a very successful career in TV, which I really enjoyed, so to have all this suddenly happen to me in my middle age has been a huge bonus, but I almost feel it’s happening to somebody else. Meanwhile, I come home at night and do the laundry and chat to my children and that’s the real part of my life. All the other stuff is kind of unreal.
If I’d known how successful the books would be, I might go back and tell myself – don’t talk to anyone in the media about them. Ever. I try very hard when dealing with the media to just be myself. But I’ve become a lot more guarded lately because so many things get taken out of context. People are obsessed with my sex life, which is completely bizarre – it’s a work of fiction.
I believe my readers are mostly interested in the love story. That’s the overwhelming response. The press seem to navel-gaze about the sex but what the readers want is the love story. Women love to read a passionate love story and that’s fundamentally what it is. I’ve had loads of letters from male readers too – one great one from a guy who’s 71, and he said, ‘Thank you so much for reminding me what it’s like to fall in love’. That is so sweet.
To read the entire article, click here.