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In case you haven’t heard, the New York Times  besteller Fifty Shades of Grey has been kind of a big deal over the last few weeks. Articles about the books have ranged from questioning their content to being amazed by how women respond to them. Now, the trilogy has been optioned for film.

From Deadline:

Ending the wildest book to movie auction in recent and distant memory, Universal Pictures and Focus Features have acquired screen rights to the E.L. James’ steamy novel 50 Shades of Grey. Focus Features will marketing and distribute the film in partnership with Universal Pictures, whose co-chairman Donna Langley heavily pursued the book.

It is very interesting that this series has become so popular, considering it started out as Twilight fan fiction.  It is not the first fan fiction to be converted into a novel and sell movie rights, but it definitely is one of the most talked about.

Do you think Fifty Shades of Grey will make a good movie?

  • Laura

    1. The movie will be very pornographic (simulated porn, not real porn obviously), so even though I’m old enough to see NC-17 (in the US) and R (in Canada) movies, they’re not usually my cup of tea. I’m not judging anyone who likes them btw. 

    2. Even if I was interested in the plot of the book/movie, I refuse to give any of my money to a “writer” who mooches off of another author’s fandom. I may not like Stephenie Meyer, but I respect her more than this E.L. James.

    Fanfics are for fun and for free. Don’t give a fandom a good story and then suddenly take it away with a “Haha! If you want it back, you’re gonna have to pay for it now!” If you’re so confident that you’re a good writer, leave your fanfics alone and write something completely new for publishing.

  • Sydney

    I don’t understand the controversy with how this “rips off” Twilight. Anyone who has actually read this series will see that it is incredibly far off from Twilight. Just because she used the names of the Twilight characters in the original draft, it doesn’t mean she mooched off of the material.
    But I don’t get how this could be turned into a movie, unless it was borderline pornographic.

    • Laura

      She didn’t mooch off of the material. She mooched off of the fandom. If this is such an original, wonderful tale, why didn’t she just try to publish it as her own story in the first place? Why make it a fanfic first?

      I know of a fanfic writer who recently signed a book deal for an original series. She left her fanfics alone because it would be unfair to suddenly make her readers pay for them. That I can respect.

  • Ida

     Christ… Why?

    Oh well, at least Ana can give Bella a run for her money as worst female character, but maybe that’s just because Ana IS Bella.

  • Scribbler

    I don’t think its a good idea. This book is going to be difficult to put into book form as its all about their relationship, a BDSM one at that, and might not hold the interest of the audience. I think some books are just mean’t to be books. 

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