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Video: 5 Need-to-Know Facts About Fifty Shades of Grey

The latest book trilogy causing a fan frenzy is E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey. Hear about the sexy story's Twilight roots and find out even more fun facts about the phenomenon in today's PopSugar Rush.

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It's the latest book series phenomenon to follow in the footsteps of Twilight and The Hunger Games. Hey there, I'm Karli Bulnes and in today's PopSugar Rush, here are five things you need to know about the hottest craze of the moment, Fifty Shades of Grey. 1. It Originated as Twilight Fanfiction "I was completely inspired by Twilight." The story about a sexy relationship between college grad Anastasia and her billionaire boyfriend Christian Grey, who has a passion for S&M, started off as a work of fanfiction based on the Twilight saga. Back then, it was called "Master of the Universe." "I was inspired by Stephenie Meyer she just flipped the switch and then I sat down and wrote a novel." 2. It's a Trilogy While Fifty Shades of Grey is getting all the attention right now, there are two more books in the series that have already been released — Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free. The author wrote all three at once and is already working on another love story right now! 3. It's a Mom's Midlife Crisis "This is my midlife crisis, write large, all my fantasies, out there." Author E.L. James, whose real name is Erika Leonard, says writing the erotic adventure was like her own midlife crisis. She's actually a married mother of two who is based in London and used to be a TV executive. E.L. recently made the Time's list of the most influential people in the world even though she says she is not a great writer. "I'm stunned by it's popularity." 4. It's Got a Soundtrack The books have even got their own soundtracks. E.L. has created playlists on her site and on YouTube based on the music she references in the books, which include songs by Britney Spears and Frank Sinatra and everything in between. 5. It's Coming to the Big Screen Universal Pictures won the movie rights to the story and so far, Shailene Woodley and Dakota Fanning's names have surfaced in very early casting buzz. Fifty Shades of Grey is currently number one on the New York Times best sellers list, with the two other books in the series placing in the number two and four spots.

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Faye2577841 Faye2577841 3 years
@Karli Bulnes I first read about the books on that wrote an article about womens erotica and tablets (pads, kindles) and it stated that I was Twilight for adults and I was immediately on board, downloaded all three and read within a week. Learned a few things. Recommend for 18 and up crowd. Love to see Rob and Kristen do this
Karli-Mullane Karli-Mullane 3 years
 @Sweetyfranzi Thanks for the heads up! Maybe I'll start with the first one and see if I am into it before I go ahead and purchase the whole trilogy!
Sweetyfranzi Sweetyfranzi 3 years
 @Karli Bulnes It's really well written and I enjoyed reading it - I read it as fanfic but have purchased the books since then. I think the books might not be for the faint hearted and intended to be read by a mature crowd.
Sweetyfranzi Sweetyfranzi 3 years
It's a well written story but I am so not sure how they will translate it into a movie. It will most likely get a R rating and please don't cast a girl like Dakota Fanning for it. She might be a great actress but she so does not fit the part. This book has extreme scenes in it and I really wouldn't want to see someone like her playing that part. I cannot really see the books as a movie in the theater either! lol It's tough.
Karli-Mullane Karli-Mullane 3 years
I'm almost done reading The Lucky One and  this series is next on my list. Anyone else out there read it and endorse it as a good recommendation?
tufenuf55 tufenuf55 3 years
Now if they would only cast Kristen and Rob in the lead roles, Twi moms, grandmoms and great-grandmoms can really enjoy the love!
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