by Martin Monreal
No book in recent times has sparked so much controversy asCincuenta sombras de Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey), the best-seller novel by British author E.L. James. First published online, on a website that brings together fans of the Twilightsaga, Fifty Shades of Grey originally featured a young couple with names identical to Stephenie Meyer’s famous characters. After rewriting and polishing the story, James launched it on its own website, FiftyShades.com. The novel attracted so many readers that it was finally picked up by a major publishing company and released in three volumes.
But Fifty Shades of Grey is not a vampire novel. Or at least not the kind of vampires we are used to.
The story begins when Anastasia Steele, a student of literature, interviews a young, successful and intimidating entrepreneur named Christian Grey. The inexperienced girl feels an overwhelming attraction for Christian. He, in turn, feels no remorse for seeking what he wants, and presents Anastasia with a contract under which she agrees to submit to all of his sexual requirements.
Despite her fears, Anastasia embarks on a passionate and dangerous romance, through which she uncovers the secrets of Christian Grey, while struggling to reconcile the image of who she is-a young, virgin and inexperienced young woman-and of what her lover wants her be in his “Red Room of Pain”.
In early 2012, a library in Florida withdrew the book from its shelves because of its erotic content, but was forced by its own patrons to make the copies available again. In the meantime, literary critics around the world are divided by those who regard the book merely as an entertainment and consider it disposable literature, and those that view it as a book that deals with some very complex issues, such as freedom of choice and the intricate nature of human sexuality. The dark side of the trilogy has had several movie studios fighting for the film rights. Rumor has it that Angelina Jolie has already offered to direct it. Ultimately, everyone agrees thatFifty Shades of Grey has opened a debate that intrigues most readers.
Using simple language, Fifty Shades of Grey is a dizzying, intense and humorous book, and it is difficult to read a page without wanting to know what will happen in the next one. There is a soundtrack that accompanies the story which can be listen to for free on the author´s website:eljamesauthor.com. Also, there are two more volumes that complete the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. They will be released in Spanish as Cincuenta sombras más oscuras and Cincuenta sombras liberadas on July 17, 2012.
About the author
E. L. James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London, UK. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. In 2011 she finally wrote and published her first novel, the best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey.