He is a fantasy for millions of women across the planet. And now Christian Grey, enigmatic hero of best-selling erotic novels “Fifty Shades of Grey” is getting his own sequel.
Author E.L. James delighted fans Monday by announcing that she is publishing a new version of her sexually explicit novel written from the point of view of the tormented tycoon and not the shy, young object of his desires, Anastasia Steele.
The new book, entitled “Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian”, will be published on June 18, the fictional character’s birthday, the author announced on her website and social media.
Her “Fifty Shades” trilogy is a record-breaking contemporary publishing phenomenon, selling more than 125 million copies worldwide and translated into more than 50 languages.
James said she had dedicated the book to the thousands of readers “who asked… and asked… and asked for this.”
Within hours, her Facebook announcement clocked up more than 143,200 likes and shares.
The British author, a married mother of two from suburban London, worked in television for 25 years before spinning the tale of sadomasochistic love between Grey and Steele.
The runaway success of the novels has been credited with creating a new genre of adult literature, spicing up sex lives and fueling a boom in sales of bondage gear and sex toys.
It has also spawned mega bucks at the box office.