Who’s better at erotic literature, the English or the French?
The second volume in the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy recently published in France
The debate touching the old and ongoing rivalry between the two countries is hot and heavy, and the consequence of the immense and unexpected success of the book “Fifty Shades or Grey” in France.
Sales of the tome have taken the French literary world by surprise. More than one million copies sold since the first edition of the trilogy that appeared last October and the second volume just published this month.
For a country that considers itself the cradle of erotic literature, the seduction of French readers by the English author Erika Leonard James, seems an aberration. Especially when the book has been brutally pasted by France’s elevated literary critics.
It’s not only old rivalries in play. 50 Nuances de Grey, the French title, has opened the door to other risqué or rarely discussed topics like the appeal of erotic literature to French women and, according to a recent poll by the institute Ifop, the interest and openness of the French, particularly among women, to sadomasochistic practices.
The survey, the first conducted in France on the subject of “porno des mamans” (mommy porn,) confirms “the growing attraction of French for games or erotic accessories long confined to an audience of insiders or enthusiasts of sex shops.”
One woman of every four claims to have been spanked by her partner (up from 8% in 1985). That’s just the beginning: 35% say they’ve also made love being dominated, 16% blindfolded and 15% tied or handcuffed.
If those numbers seem to indicate that most women have never tried those erotic games, many have played them in their imaginations. Nearly one of every two women confessed to fantasies of being dominated (44%) or having sex blindfolded (40%) and one in four would welcome a spanking (28%) or being tied (28%). To spice up their marriage, one in two women admitted to the temptation of making love in a public place.
What 50 Nuances seems to accomplish is to blur the differences between the sexes in terms of erotic consumption, which “until now confined pornography to men and sentimental novels and magazines to women,” notes Ifop and concludes that if the “mommy porn” is part of a broader movement of eroticism in literature, media and advertising, “this phenomenon goes hand in hand with an expansion of the sexual repertoire of the French.”
As in other countries, particularly the U.S, the success of 50 Shades has led to a boom in the selling of sex toys and other erotic objects. It’s also lit a fuse under the sales of e-books, Apparently, according to sales analysts, the book has stimulated the interest of readers for eroticism and made it more mainstream and acceptable. After all, it is among the best sellers.
Dominique Strauss Kahn, the discredited former director of the International Monetary Fund and a self-described “libertine,” had something to add to the debate. According to L”Express he criticized the French’s moral hypocrisy: So ready to condemn him, but so disposed to devour the “erotic pornographic fluff” of 50 Nuances.
At least it wasn’t written by a French author.
Finally, the moment we all have been waiting for is arrived. Erika herself tweeted a news about the film adaption of Fifty Shades Of Grey: Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay of the movie.
Here’s what they posted on the official page of the movie:
Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ #1 Bestselling book, alongside James. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.
Marcel wrote the 2011 Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel, “Mary Poppins,” and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. The film is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell with John Lee Hancock directing. Marcel served as the co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin/FOX-TV series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series’ pilot episode. She will also produce The Madonnas Of Echo Park for HBO.
“Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks,” said De Luca. “We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelley’s engagement with the characters and world E L James has created and we knew she was the right person to augment our Fifty Shades family,” added Brunetti.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” Trilogy in March of this year. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 45 languages worldwide since its release. In the U.S. alone, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 32 million copies in e-book and print making it one of the fastest selling book series ever.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (September 2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (January 2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship. For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/fiftyshadesofgreymovie.
As you probably already know, E.L. James attended a lot of events, mostly because of the launch of “Fifty Shades Of Grey” – The Classical Album. Over thirty pictures have been added to our gallery and more are to come so be sure to check them out!
Public Appearances > Events in 2012 > Sep 05: “Fifty Shades Of Grey” – The Classical Album Launch – London
Public Appearances > Events in 2012 > Sep 06: Book signing at Waterstones, London
Public Appearances > Events in 2012 > Sep 17: “Fifty Shades Of Grey” – The Classical Album Launch – NYC
Ha! I had a feeling his name was still on the table as far as being cast in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey movie’ — and now there’s proof that ‘True Blood’ star Alexander Skarsgard hasn’t ruled out playing Christian Grey.
Ok, so you shouldn’t start hyperventilating quite yet, because if the opportunity does arise for him to step into Christian’s super-expensive shoes, he does have a few conditions before he’ll agree to play the part. (Um, yeah right. Like ANY actor in Hollywood won’t be doing cartwheels and popping open a bottle of champagne when that offer rolls around.)
At a recent red carpet appearance, women were literally screaming at him and saying he HAD to play Christian. And when asked about that possibility by ET Canada, Alexander responded with, “Of course. It’s a great script.” But then it’s almost like he knew he’d sounded a bit too eager, because he backpedaled by saying there are “so many variables” when it comes to taking the role and added, “It depends on who’s directing it and who’s in it.”
Really? It depends on the director and the other actors? Well, that’s just borderline cocky, isn’t it? (Ok, you’re right. Alexander Skarsgard can be cocky if he wants to.)
He wasn’t exactly forthcoming with his answer, but at least we know he’s considering taking on the part. And since he’s also expressed interest in the role of the creepy stepdad in ‘Lolita’, we know he’s not shy about playing a sex-obsessed character.
She curses like a sailor and laughs like a lusty barmaid. She lights cigarettes off her kitchen stove, which has a broken door, which she may never get to fixing.
Who has the time?
Certainly not E.L. James, whose Seattle-based soft-porn paperback, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” was as ubiquitous as sunscreen this summer.
The book trilogy has sold 30 million copies in the U.S., been translated into 44 languages, and has spent 26 weeks at the top of The New York Times best-seller list for fiction.
“I still haven’t wrapped my head around it,” James said in a recent telephone interview from her home in West London, in advance of her Saturday appearance at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park.
Emma Watson is one of the top names being bandied about in Hollywood to portray Anastasia Steele in a big-screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, and the former Harry Potter star reveals a shocking secret about her connection to the sultry bestseller.
“I haven’t read the book — so I don’t know what I would be signing myself up for,” she admitted at the premiere of her new coming-of-age film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. “So I would have to get sent a script, I guess. But it’s always flattering that people are thinking about you for roles and you are in the mix for things, so it’s great.”
In addition to Watson, Amanda Seyfried, Emma Stone, Emmy Rossum and Lucy Hale are just a few of the names among the many actresses rumored to be in the running for the erotic tale, for which many have pegged either Ryan Gosling or Man of Steel star Henry Cavill as the hottest man favored to portray Christian Grey.
source: The Insider
Fifty Shades Of Grey – The Classical Album is finally available on the iTunes Store and on Amazon.
EMI Classics is proud to present Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album, an exciting new album featuring 15 pieces of classical music personally selected by author E L James herself and referenced in her bestselling Fifty Shades book trilogy.
Fifty Shades of Grey – The Classical Album aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger … music includes The Tallis Scholars’ sweeping version of Spem in Alium featured in the first novel, along with 14 other works from the books, all performed by world-class artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, King’s College Choir, Alexandre Tharaud and more.
Here’s where you can buy it:
Do they have a dungeon? Or a Red Room of Pain? Mr EL James reveals what it’s like to live with a publishing phenomenon
If on entering your local bookshop you can find your way past the teetering stacks of EL James’ Fifty Shades trilogy, you might come across a slim new crime novel, Crusher. That one’s mine. Perceptive reviewers have noted that the hero’s father, Maguire, is an embittered Irish hack consumed with envy of his peers. That must be you, they insist. What modern novelist doesn’t envy EL James, the 40-something TV executive and mother of two who has outsold Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson, turbo-boosted the turnover of UK bookshops, and left men the world over begging for less sex and more sleep? But my book is a gritty urban murder mystery; Fifty Shades is an erotic romantic fantasy, and I couldn’t have written it in a million years. I’m the least romantic fecker that ever lived – ask my wife Erika, aka EL James. Our first Christmas together I bought her a tin opener, and my earliest experience of kinky sex was her trying to shove it up my arse.
It’s official. After a month and a half, Fifty Shades Fan has a brand new layout featuring Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel.
A few weeks ago I asked you on Twitter who you’d like to see on our new layout and most of the votes went to these two amazing actors. What do you think about them as Ana and Christian? And what about our layout? Is it good enough?
If you don’t like Matt and Alexis don’t worry, maybe the next layout will feature someone who you truly like!
Leave a comment giving us your impressions or tweet us!
“Fifty Shades of Grey” still holds the top spot on the New York Times Best seller list, yet it has fallen from it’s top spot on Amazon.com. The newly released first-person account of the Osama Bin Laden killing, “No Easy Day”, is now the top seller on Amazon. The book, written by a Navy Seal under the pen name Mark Owen, will be released on September 4.