NPR stories about E.L. James
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Sometimes "the one that got away" is a book that actually was easy to overlook. And sometimes it's something you ignore until you just can't anymore. NPR's Lynn Neary finally comes to terms with the publishing sensation that is Fifty Shades of Grey.
Fifty Shades of Grey, the biggest phenomenon in publishing right now, began as a work of fan fiction based on the Twilight books. Now, author E.L. James is taking the series to the ultimate fans: attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
What happens when two books with similar names are out at the same time? Well, when one is historical fiction set in Lithuania and the other an S&M novel that's ripping up the best-sellers list, some interesting teachable moments.
Novelist Julie Otsuka returns with a tale of Japanese "picture brides" in the U.S., while Kyung-sook Shin explores the life of a Korean mother. Plus singer Shania Twain's account of overcoming poverty and divorce to hold her own as a country music star, actress Shirley MacLaine's ruminations on politics and life, and writer Wendy McClure's immersion in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
With the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, a retelling of Twilight with some very steamy scenes, will fan fiction (and erotica) finally be taken seriously?