First off, it’s important to point out that Fifty Shades of Grey is for mature audiences and is only appropriate for the eldest of the young-adult readership.
Now that that’s out of the way, what’s the deal with this thing?
The Genesis of Fifty Shades
Before Fifty Shades of Grey came Masters of the Universe, an online-based multipart piece of fan fiction that grew out of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books. The series was published online from 2009 to 2011 until fan-fiction specialists — an Australian company called the Writer’s Coffee Shop — snatched it up for publishing. At that point, author E.L. James (a pseudonym for Erika Leonard) had to take her fan fiction off the Internet and also remove any references to Twilight before handing the work over for sale.
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