“Fifty Shades of Grey” made writer E.L. James a hefty $9.8 million from her books, but EntertainmentWise reported on Feb. 26 that James will be taking her next book series in a different direction. She says she has a lot of ideas for her next book but it will be “less raunchy” and most likely written under another name.
It is not uncommon for writers to take on a pen name; but why would E.L. want to do that after her success with Fifty Shades? She told Daily Mail, “my sons are proud of me, although they are still embarrassed – but I’m embarrassed too!”
Some folks might agree the sexuality of the novels can be embarrassing to some; others might argue it’s the consistent grammatical errors James makes throughout the novel that is embarrassing. Either way, she shouldn’t be embarrassed that the story made her money and changed some writing history.
It’s reported that she earned $5 million from Universal Pictures and Focus Features for the film rights. The screenwriting is currently in production and no cast decisions have been made.
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