Here’s a little background check before indulging yourself in the world of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steel. With “Fifty Shades of Grey” release coming very soon, we have compiled five facts about the best-selling book you probably did not know.
- It started as a “Twilight” fan fiction.
Using “Snowqueen’s Icedragon” as her nom de plume, “Fifty Shades” author E. L. James developed a story called “Master of the Universe” inspired by the book “Twilight.” She even named her lead characters Edward and Bella. James was forced to take the story from “Twilight” fan-sites due to its explicit and sexual content reported by the site users. James then rewrote the story and developed it into a trilogy.
- The famous “Fifty Shades” effect
It’s not just the book sales. The Independent reported that sex toy retailers are expecting a sales boost following the theater release of the movie this Valentines’ Day. Furthermore, Cosmopolitan noted that E. L. James’ trilogy has increased whopping 400 percent in sex toys sales.
With the hype about BDSM and eroticism, the book was also blamed for the increase of sexually transmitted diseases among over 50s couples. MailOnline reported that according to British Medical Association’s GP Committee chairwoman Dr. Charlotte Jones, more cases of STDs like syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia were seen by doctors. Older couples swept by the “Fifty Shades effect” become more confident, but sometimes forgetting about safe sex.
Following the book’s success, author E. L. James also launched the “Fifty Shades Grey” wine (White Silk & Red Satin), which readers can enjoy while reading the trilogy.
- It has been criticized for its lack of literary quality and bland prose.
Despite its success, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has its spot in the hall of shame. Writer Stephen King was not impressed with the way the book was written and other notable writers like Salman Rushdie have spoken up about their thoughts.
“I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made Twilight look like War And Peace,” said Rushdie in an article published in The Telegraph.
- The movie has the most-watched trailer of 2014.
The issue with its casting, “Fifty Shades of Grey” came up on top of the list with the most online views of 2014 (more than 36.4 million since its debut), beating major films like “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
- Fastest selling paperback of all time
E. L. James beat J. K. Rowling in terms of paperback sales. According to Mail Online, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has beaten J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series and Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” in the UK record alone. The first installment of the trilogy has sold 100 million copies. The book has also been translated to more than 50 different languages.
There you have it for five facts about “Fifty Shades of Grey” you probably didn’t know. Are you going to miss the fun or watch the movie this Valentine’s weekend? For updates on new movie releases and celebrity news, follow Movie News Guide (MNG).
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