“Fifty Shades of Grey”: The Anticipated Film
The Fifty Shades of Grey book series by E.L. James began as fan fiction. James, a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, began writing her own version of the popular vampire series and posting it on fan fiction websites. The story had a sexual nature, and it was originally titled Masters of the Universe. Many members of the fan site began questioning whether the sexual content was appropriate for the site, which had many young members. James posted the explicit storyline in episodes under the screen name Snowqueens Icedragon.
When she originally wrote the story, James used the character names of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen. She removed the story from the fan fiction website and placed it on her own website, which she named fiftyshades.com. James then rewrote the fan fiction and gave the principal characters new names of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. She split the story into three parts and decided to self-publish them as e-books. The first book in the series, Fifty Shades of Grey, was released as an e-book and a print-on-demand paperback in May 2011. The second book, Fifty Shades Darker, was released in September 2011. The third book, Fifty Shades Freed, was released in January 2012.
The books quickly gained popularity with married women over the age of thirty, and they also indicated a rising interest in female erotica. The book series was quickly picked up for re-release by Vintage Books in April 2012. Since the re-release, the books have gone viral. Sales of the novels skyrocketed mainly due to word-of-mouth recommendations.
The book Fifty Shades of Grey is the story of the growing relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young, handsome business executive, Christian Grey. Anastasia agrees to do an interview for her roommate who is feeling sick. The interview has been scheduled for months, and her roommate knows if she does not show up, she will never get the opportunity to interview Grey again. Anastasia travels over an hour to Grey’s home. Grey has agreed to do the interview mainly because he will be giving out diplomas at the college Anastasia and her roommate attends.
When Anastasia arrives at the company, she immediately notes the manner in which individuals are treated. She also notices that the receptionist and secretaries are all blond. She begins to let her nerves get to her. When she finally is asked to go in to see Grey, she trips and falls on her face. Grey seems amused as he watches her prepare for the interview. She begins asking him questions, but he turns the questioning around and begins asking about her life. One can immediately feel the tension between the two. The storyline plays out with Anastasia eventually signing a contract to do anything Grey wishes sexually. The one problem is when Anastasia falls in love with Grey.
There is speculation from critics on how the novels gained almost instant success. Many believe it is because most women are still struggling with cultural anxieties about equality. The books suggest that being submissive with a partner is not an admission of being anti-feminist.
Several studios, including Paramount and Universal Pictures, placed bids to recreate the book into film. James has already requested to retain some of the rights to the creative direction of the film, much the same way Stephenie Meyer did with her Twilight novels. Now the talk among fans of the series regards who should play the roles of Anastasia and Christian. Universal Pictures and Focus Features eventually secured the rights to the trilogy in March 2012.
The success of the films will be dependent on the right choice of characters and how well the books are interpreted once played out. The search has begun for two individuals who suit the fictional characters in the books. Anastasia is described in the books as being vulnerable and having mahogany hair, big blue eyes and flawless skin. Christian is described as being tall, with unruly dark copper hair and intense eyes.
Many fans of the “Twilight” film series believe the actors who played those main roles, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, should play Christian and Anastasia. Women everywhere are asking each other who they want to play the roles in the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Actresses most talked about for the role of Anastasia include Lucy Hale, Selena Gomez, Emma Watson, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick. Popular suggestions for the role of Christian Grey include Ian Somerhalder, Matt Bomer, Chris Hemsworth and Alexander Skarsgård. There is currently no word on who will play the roles, but with the popularity of the series on the rise, many actors and actresses are putting in their bids to play the parts.