E. L. James
Few could have dared predict that the biggest publishing phenomenon of recent times would be an erotic sequence of novels with their roots in fan fiction. In 2009, inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels, E.L. James’s initial flurries into fan fiction grew into the beginnings of the Fifty Shades series, fantasy BDSM erotica surrounding the worldly businessman Christian Grey and the far more innocent college graduate Anastasia Steele. Gaining a rapid online following, by 2011 Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookshop shelves and within a year, James was widely-regarded as one of publishing’s most powerful new figures.
Four more books followed – two concluding the Fifty Shades trilogy, and two reframing the events of the story from Christian Grey’s perspective. In parallel with a wildly successful film trilogy, the Fifty Shades franchise became an unmissable feature of the books landscape, transcending criticism and controversy and opening up positive debate around sexuality in fiction. In 2019, E.L. James for the first time stepped beyond her tales of Christian Grey for the novel The Mister.
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