What do you get when you put “50 shades of grey” and Valentine’s Day together?..Well…Happy Valentines Day! This Editorial was Photographed by Marjan Hendrikse featuring model Cemal Hazebroek. WhereWeStand Magazine decided to get risqué with this months 2nd editorial, inspired by all the attention behind the “50 Shades of Grey” Book and film. We decided to give you ladies some V-Day Love. Enjoy!
History Behind “50 Shades of Grey”
Fifty Shades of Grey (BOOK) is a 2011 erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It is the first installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM). Originally self-published as an ebook and a print-on-demand, publishing rights were acquired by Vintage Books in March 2012.
The second and third volumes, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, were published in 2012. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world, including those of the United Kingdom and the United States.The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 52 languages, and set a record in the United Kingdom as the fastest-selling paperback of all time. Critical reception of the book, however, has tended toward the negative, with the quality of its prose generally seen as poor.
Fifty Shades of Grey(FILM) is a 2015 American erotic romantic drama film directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Based on E. L. James‘ bestselling novel, the film stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who begins a sadomasochistic relationship with young business magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).
The film premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival on February 11, 2015 and had a wide theatrical release on February 13, 2015 by Universal Pictures. Upon release, it received mixed reviews. The film was praised for its directing and screenplay and its improvement over the novel but criticized for the omission of sex scenes that overlayed its source.
The Lost History
The French publisher Lattes has sent “warning letters” to publishers it feels are infringing on the copyright of Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Telegraph had this quote from editorial director Laurent Laffont: “Some of these titles, which pick up on elements of the book, are clearly parasitical … We would like those planning new releases next year to know that we are watching very closely to ensure they are not parasitical.”
Online authors should never forget that readers can travel backwards in Internet time and explore their earlier work. Author E L James scored a seven-figure book deal to publish the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and a movie deal quickly followed.
This erotica bestseller began as a work of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe, earning a massive fan fiction following years before the book deal. Most traces of this fan fiction history have been removed from the Internet. Using the Wayback Machine, we were able to take snapshots from James’ old work–getting a peek into the book’s previous incarnation as an X-rated version of the Twilight story.
*Wayback Machine has stopped indexing the archives referenced in the screen-shots below. The site now posts this message: “Sorry. This URL has been excluded from the Wayback Machine.”
James’ agent told Deadline Hollywood: “This did start as Twilight fan fiction, inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s wonderful series of books. Originally it was written as fan fiction, then Erika decided to take it down after there were some comments about the racy nature of the material. She took it down and thought, I’d always wanted to write. I’ve got a couple unpublished novels here. I will rewrite this thing, and create these iconic characters, Christian and Anna.”
James career began on FanFiction.net, but she moved the work to her personal website, 50Shades.com. Now the site automatically redirects to her author page for straight erotica, but we found old snapshots of this work with the Wayback Machine. Follow the links below to explore…
The Wayback Machine took a snapshot of 50Shades.com in December 2010, storing a copy of the first chapter of Master of the Universe, the fan fiction novel that would later become Fifty Shades of Grey. James had published the novel under the pen name Snowqueens Icedragon.
Here is a screenshot of the link to the first chapter, complete with photographs of Kristen Stewart playing Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullenfrom the film version of Twilight.
Follow this link to read an archived version of the first chapter of Master of the Universe. You can compare it to the first chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey. Readers have been debating similarities between the books all month.
Blogger Jane Litte used the Turnitin plagiarism detection program to measure similarities between the two books. She reported: “According to Turnitin, the similarity index was 89%. There are whole swaths of text wherein just the names were changed from MoTU to 50 Shades.”
Here is a wider screenshot of 50Shades.com, clearly labeled as fan fiction in 2010:
Here is a copy of James’ old “About” page on 50Shades.com, explaining the roots of her fan fiction. If you want more context, University of Utah English professor Anne Jamison explained the fan fiction history behind Fifty Shades of Grey in an interview.
In December 2010, James’ page also included a link to a book trailer for Master of the Universe II. When you click on the link now, you receive a takedown notice filed by Summit Entertainment, the studio that produced Twilight:
If you are interested in watching the video, this popular fan-made trailer for Master of the Universe II has a similar title to the video that was removed. The slightly NSFW video mixes footage from the Twilight movie with text from the book.
If you scroll down the page, you can see how James published the book in installments. She would thank her fans for their contributions to the book, helping her edit and adjust dialogue. Here are two examples, as she posted a section of Master of the Universe II–the book that would evolve into Fifty Shades Darker.
The Wayback Machine also archived a snapshot of the site in June 2011. James had already published the first installment of Fifty Shades of Grey through The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and she removed all the fan fiction from 50Shades.com. This is a snapshot of the new message:
The Wayback Machine also took a shot of the site in July 2011. It had been completely converted to focus on Fifty Shades of Grey at this point. Here is the new message on the site:
Hello and welcome to my new home. I’m the author of the adult romance Fifty Shades trilogy, the first instalment of which was published in May 2011. I’ve been delighted and honoured by the positive response to my story from readers the world over, and I hope that this website will be a regular port of call for those who want to know more about the world of Fifty Shades and about the other projects I currently have in development. I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blogs, exploring the site, contributing to the conversations and joining in the fun, and that you’ll bookmark this page and come back often.
With love and thanks
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