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E.L. James Collaborates with Winemakers for Two ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Wines

wineWondering how to pass the time until the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is released next August?

The Huffington Post reports author E.L. James collaborated with a team of California winemakers to create two Fifty Shades-themed wines. The Red Satin is made from a blend of Petite Sirah and Syrah grapes while the White Silk is a mixture of Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.

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Dakota Johnson & Charlie Hunnam Cast in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

In the upcoming adaptation of Fifty Shades of GreyDakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam will play Christian Grey.

The adaptation of E L James‘ mega-bestseller is scheduled for August 1, 2014. Here’s more from the release:

Ms. Johnson’s first notable screen role was in the multi-Academy Award-winning 2010 feature The Social Network. Her subsequent movies include the upcoming feature Need for Speed21 Jump Street, and The Five-Year Engagement.  She also starred as Kate in the comedy series Ben and Kate. Mr. Hunnam currently stars as a regular on the critically acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy.  His feature film credits include Pacific RimChildren of MenCold Mountain, and Nicholas Nickleby.

(Link via the AP)

5 Million Copies of ‘Fifty Shades’ Books Sold in First Half of 2013

Fifty Shades of Grey is the publishing gift that keeps on giving. E L James sold five million print and eBook copies of her erotic trilogy around the world during the first six months of 2013 (sales through Random House’s English, German and Spanish-language publishing arms).

Random House CEO Markus Dohle praised the company’s biggest bestsellers in a letter to employees today, marking company’s final financial results before the Penguin Random House merger took effect. We’ve reprinted the complete letter below, but here’s an excerpt:

INFERNO by Dan Brown sold more than four million copies in its first six weeks throughout Random House’s English-language territories. Sheryl Sandberg’s LEAN IN and WONDER by R. J. Palacio sold hundreds of thousands of copies in North America and the UK, while helping set social agendas and spurring cultural dialogues. The FIFTY SHADES trilogy by E L James added another five million print and eBooks to its megamillion-copy English-, German-, and Spanish-language Random House sales to date.

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Summarized in the Style of Dr. Seuss

What if Dr. Seuss had translated Fifty Shades of Grey?

Reddit user Traceofbass rewrote E.L. James‘ mega-bestseller as a Seuss-ian poem when one reader challenged someone to ”Summarize the plot of Fifty Shades of Grey like you are Doctor Seuss.” The funny results contain some not safe for work language. Check it out:

Here there are spoilers,
Of a lewd little tail,
About a man named Christian,
His last name not Bale.
Oh the places you’ll go!
Under whipdoozles and chainflams,
Into crosswhizzles and jimjams!

The Most Abandoned Books List

Goodreads has created a great infographic exploring the books most often abandoned by readers on the social network. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling topped that list, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

On the Morning Media Menu today, Social Times editor Devon Glenn discussed this list and explored what writers need to know about Facebook’s new Social Graph function.

When do you stop reading a book? I have no shame in admitting that I will stop reading a book after fewer than 50 pages. Life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy. The complete infographic follows below…

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie Coming August 1, 2014

Focus Features has set a release date of Friday, August 1st, 2014 for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. The film’s Facebook page featured a picture of Christian Grey’s helicopter.

Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie and Kelly Marcel wrote the screenplay.  Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and E. L. James will produce.

Last year, we wrote about the lost history of Fifty Shades of Grey, exploring the book’s origins as Twilight fan fiction.

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Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. We’ve linked to free samples of all the books on the list–follow the links below to read these controversial books yourself.

The list was part of the ALA’s 2013 State of America’s Libraries Report. During the past year, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received 464 reports of challenged books. Here’s more from the report:

In California, a school committee voted to remove the Stephen King novella “Different Seasons” from Rocklin High School library shelves. The lone dissenter on that committee was 17-year-old student Amanda Wong, who continued to fight the ban and spoke against the decision at a later school board meeting. After hearing Wong’s concerns that the removal “opens a door to censoring other materials,” the district superintendent overturned the committee’s decision and returned the book to the Rocklin High School library’s collection.

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E.L. James’ Journal Coming From Vintage Books in May

Vintage Books is releasing a new writer’s guide from E L James‘ in which she reveals the inspiration behind her provocative erotica series as well as tips for aspiring writers. In The Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal), Grey will include share excerpts from her novels alongside writing tips for aspiring writers, and even the playlists that she listens to while writing.

The book, which will include 125,000 copies in the first printing, will be available in May. The pressing boasts a foil-embossed leather cover and a red-ribbon bookmark.

“As E L James traveled and met with her readers, there was a great curiosity about how she got started writing,” explained Vintage/Anchor’s Anne Messitte, the acquiring publisher of the Fifty Shades series, in a statement. “Her personal story as a writer is inspirational to many women, and journaling has been an important part of her creative process from the start.”

Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster Launch Bookish

Hachette Book Group, Penguin and Simon & Schuster have launched Bookish, nearly two years after the site was first announced in May 2011.

The site will recommend books and let readers shop for books. It also shares book excerpts and features essays from its editors and authors (we’ve included some excerpts below).

According to Digital Book World sources, the publishers have invested “about $16 million” in the new venture. Bookish also counted the participation of 16 other major publishers, including Random House, Inc., Scholastic, HarperCollins Publishers and Perseus Books Group.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Coming in Hardcover Editions

Doubleday will release E L James Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in $26.95 hardcover editions on January 29. The first combined print run will be 200,000 copies.

Ever since Vintage published the formerly self-published series last spring, the trilogy has sold more than 35 million copies in the United States and 65 million copies worldwide (counting both paperback and digital sales).

Here’s more from the publisher: “The hardcovers will include the full text of each novel, enhanced by these features: Embossed book jackets (adapted from the iconic paperback design). Themed endpapers (ties, masks, handcuffs). Rough front pages. E L James-signature-stamped book cover. Red silk ribbon markers. These editions will be sold both as individual titles, and as a shrink-wrapped set of the three books.”

 

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