Author E.L. James was asked by a fan on Twitter if she is planning to write a 4th book to follow her hugely successful Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and altho she did not officially confirm that a new book may be on the way, she teased the possibility enough to give fans something to pin their hopes on. With a major motion picture adaptation on the way and continued brisk book sales of the original books, I have a very good feeling that plans are in the works to carry on the Fifty Shades franchise for some time to come. Click below to read what James had to say about the possibility of a new Fifty Shades book.
The third and final installment of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy was released in 2012, but according to a recent comment from author E.L. James, we may not have seen the last of the erotic saga. While James, 50, has yet to comment on her official plans, the British author, and producer of the film adaptation of her best-selling adult novel, teased fans with a possible “Fifty Shades” sequel on social media this week. When prompted by a fan Thursday if she would ever reprise her characters Christian Grey (a BDSM-practicing billionaire) and Anastasia “Ana” Steele (his inexperienced lover) in print, James responded with a coy response on her official Twitter account. “@E_L_James Mrs James, do you plan to write #fiftyshadesofgrey trilogy from #christiangrey face ir it’s rumors? [sic],” asked one Twitter fan. James’ response: “Never say never.” Following her hint of a possible “Fifty Shades” spinoff from Grey’s point of view (the three previous books were told from Steele’s perspective), fans shared their excitement. “That would be a dream come true for a lot of us! We love you!” said one reader. “That would be most excellent!” agreed another fan, adding, “Would love to hear Christian’s point of view!” “In the words of Ana, “Oh……please!!” yet another follower posted Thursday. James last spoke out about the possibility of a fourth “Fifty Shades” book in November 2012, telling the Hollywood Reporter that the idea is always in the back of her mind. “I have to think about it,” James said, adding, “I have to really think about Christian’s point of view. So it’s about what to do next.”
I, personally, have not read the Fifty Shades books but from what I understand from folks who have read the books … the real draw for readers is not necessarily the prose (which, I hear, isn’t very good) but it’s the shockingly frank depictions of sex in the story. Referred to as “mommy porn”, the books have found an audience in a typically suburban audience that may not be comfortable discussing actual porn but have no problem discussing and fanning over literary depictions of, shall we say, unconventional sex. In my non-expert opinion, there will always be a market for this kind of thing … so my gut tells me that E.L. James and her publisher are already planning a new series of Fifty Shades books beyond the original trilogy series. There is a lot of money to be made, new books and new movies will come. Take heart Fifty Shades fans, E.L. James and her publisher will not let you down.