Since you’re reading this on the internet, we’re going to assume that you’re familiar with 50 Shades Of Grey. The book series and film adaptation have exploded in popularity over the past few years, opening up a new public dialogue on sex and storytelling and making its author one of the most famous women on earth.
You are probably familiar with the story, even if you haven’t read or watched it. Summary: it’s all about sex! Having said that, there are a surprising amount of interesting facts about both the book, and film production that you’ll be excited to learn about, whether you’re a fan or not.
25. Influential Author
Here’s something that might excite or irk you, depending on whether you’re a fan or not: author EL James was named by Time Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in The World” last year.
24. Fan Fiction
The book was originally written as Twilight fan fiction, with the working title Master of the Universe, before James completely rewrote it as an original story. Still, main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey are loosely based on Twilight mainstays Bella and Edward! Just add a few billion dollars and subtract the whole vampire thing.
23. Snowqueen Cometh
Source: International Business Times
Speaking of that original draft: James used the pen name Snowqueen’s Icedragon when writing it. Maybe it’s just us, but that sounds more like a Game of Thrones character than anything.
22. Ignoring Inspiration
Given that it was based on her stories, you’d think Twilight author Stephanie Meyer might be a fan of 50 Shades Of Grey. On the contrary, she’s stated that it’s “not my thing.”
21. Age of Attraction
This one might not be surprising, but it’s an interesting fact regardless: according to the publisher, buyers of 50 Shades are predominantly middle-aged women. Mind=blown, right?
20. Move Over, Gideon
Instead of the standard Gideon bible, seen in nearly every hotel in the western world, the Damson Dene Hotel has placed copies of 50 Shades of Grey in their hotel room drawers. We’re guessing they simply recognized which one might actually get read during a typical vacation!
19. Reading About Sex > Actual Sex?
According to one poll, an incredible 44 percent of all women said that they preferred reading 50 Shades Of Grey to actually having sex. We’re not sure whether guys should feel jealous of the book or just pick up a copy for themselves.
18. Express Yourself
While the books themselves are not known for their literary power, some academics have praised the series. They say that, despite the lack of insight into the real world of alternative lifestyle sex, it’s been helping many women feel comfortable expressing and enjoying their sexual desires. If anything good has come of the books’ popularity, it’s this!
17. Bigger Than Potter?!
Speaking of popularity: the 50 Shades trilogy has moved over 31 million copies worldwide, ensuring that the novels overtook Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Da Vinci Code as the bestselling books in the UK. Now that’s some strange magic!
16. Fifty Shades Of Board
Apparently, there’s a Fifty Shades of Grey board game. It’s called The Fifty Shades of Grey Party Game. The game is designed to spice up a girls night in to find out everything you know about your friends before discovers who’s enough of an “Inner Goddess” to win!