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Books to Satisfy Your Every Craving for Fifty Shades Freed

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Fifty Shades Freed comes out today and— no lie— I’ve already bought my ticket! It’s the third and final movie in the series, so there’s no way I’m going to miss this one, and not just because I’d pay good money to look at Jamie Dornan’s abs for two hours. As a reader of the books by E.L. James, I’ve been invested in this series from the beginning. And look,I’ll admit it: epic cinema this is not.  But, the movies are fun and romantic and they make just enough sense to stay vaguely entertaining. Villains are dispatched in short order (usually in the first scene or two), the sex is graphic enough to make it too embarrassing to watch with your…

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The Original Fan Fiction Prequel Marks its 50th Anniversary

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It may not be entirely fair to refer to Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (WW Norton & Co.; reissuing January 25, 2016) as the first great work of fan fiction—it stands entirely on its own as a classic. But the “prequel” to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary of publication this week, is the grandmamma of an entire genre that has spun some classic novels. In case you missed it in English class, Wide Sargasso Sea answers one of the biggest questions from the pages of Jane Eyre—who was the woman in the attic and what drove her mad? Author Rhys wasn’t satisfied with Bronte’s explanation that all Creole women are crazy and instead spent nearly…

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Even die-hard 50 Shades fans might not care about Grey

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Hey, you asked for it. Responding to the many fans who wanted to hear the 50 Shades of Grey story from Christian Grey’s perspective, author E L James has delivered the titillating goods. The new book, simply titled Grey, will indeed revolve around Christian’s view and unsurprisingly, it’s scheduled to arrive on June 18. Yes, fans will remember that June 18 is Christian’s birthday in 50 Shades. As James writes: “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked…and asked… and asked… and asked for this.”  James adds that “Christian is a complex character” and reminds everyone that when it comes to relationships, there are two sides to every story. Christian’s world is neat and disciplined but also devoid of any real feeling;…

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