'Fifty Shades of Grey' author may have written a book of sexual fantasies that has taken the world by storm, and she says it's come as a relief that she's not such a pervert as fans share her erotic imagination.
The author has also explained how she was inspired to stay in and write by the 'Twilight' novels, authored by Stephenie Meyer and now finishing their conversion to the big screen.
Speaking at the launch of a classical album based on Christian's music, EL James said: "It’s overwhelming and I try not to think about it too much. I wrote these books for me, for myself, and I would say to anyone who’s writing: write stuff for yourself."
James then added: "But other people seem to share my fantasies too, so that’s interesting. I’m not such a pervert. It was a huge relief to find that out. I’ve no idea."
The adventures of Bella and Edward in 'Twilight' inspired James (Photo: Summit/EntOne)
James also revealed that until she had found 'Twilight' and began writing she was unhappy and getting drunk.
She added: "I worked for a company I was incredibly miserable at. Then I discovered writing after reading Twilight. I stopped going out and getting drunk quite so much, so it was good."
On the prospects of the movie James was guarded, despite the undeniable success of the 'Twilight' films. However the author did let slip that she might let Christian have his say.
The author, who is set for a US book tour, let on: "All I know is that rather stupidly I put two of the first chapters in Christian’s POV at the end of Fifty Shades of Freedom.Every other tweet, if it’s not about Matt Bomer or Ian Somerhalder or Ryan Gosling, it’s 'Can we have Christian’s point of view please?'. So maybe I’ll do that."
However when asked whether she took inspiration from another sexually explicit novel that made it to the screen, 'The Story of O' by Paline Reage, she denied that it had any influence, saying: "The Story of O is not a passionate love story, it’s sado-masochism at one end of the spectrum. So, no, no inspiration drawn from that whatsoever."
Well there we have it, if you're a budding erotic writer it's apparently better to make your way through the 'Twilight' novels than the famous classics of the genre!
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