How do I overcome my natural British reticence when trying to promote my own book? Well, it’s something I’m learning. Part of me just wants to mumble shyly from the back of the room “I’ve um… kind of written a book. Um… It’s a bit rude in places… but I’d love you to read it.” Then I could just shuffle into a corner and rock to and fro trying to quell my nerves while I wait. But no, I have put on my big girl panties and do my best to discuss Fifty Shades of Grey.
So what’s it about? For me it’s a retelling of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, though Christian – the beast in my version of the tale, is beautiful too. Well, he certainly is on the outside – on the inside he doesn’t feel that way – but I’ll leave you to make your mind up about that.
He’s an enigma. An attractive, sexy, successful, rich, worldly man, who parachutes into shy Anastasia Steele’s life, changing it irrevocably. At heart, Fifty Shades of Grey is a love story – I like to call it a love story with a kink for reasons that become all too obvious as the tale unfolds.
For me, it’s been great fun depicting the freight train that is Christian Grey through the eyes of an innocent like Ana. Like most people new to this writing business, I think, I set first of all to entertain myself. Christian is my fantasy man. He’s powerful, controlling and capable. He’s used to success and getting his own way in most areas of his life. And of course he knows what to do — if you know what I mean — and I mean REALLY knows what to do, ladies. A woman’s body presents no issues for him at all as he proves again and um… again.
But Ana’s feelings and emotions, and his reaction to those, is a whole different ball game. He’s smitten… but he doesn’t know or understand it. That’s because he needs fixing – boy does he need fixing. He’s not Fifty Shades of F*ucked up (his words) for nothing and I think that’s one of the traits that appeals to women. A fixer-upper… we love those.
Christian is such a mixed up kid: he can be warm and funny one minute, cold and harsh the next. It’s like he’s many different people in one, and I think that’s also part of his appeal. Ana has to try and peel away his cool exterior to find the real Christian Grey beneath, and as she does she falls under his spell. He takes her on a sexual journey of discovery that she never dreamed of, one that we might all wish for, and I think that kind of sexual potency is hard to leave behind.
And I hope, it’s entertaining for the reader to embark on the journey with her.
Okay… that’s me done. I’ll go back to rocking in the corner. In the meantime, thank you to Spencer for giving me some space on her lovely blog.
Thank you so much, Ms. James, for shedding some insight on the tortured Christian Grey and Fifty Shades of Grey. I never thought of the couple as a new-aged Beauty and the Beast, but now that you’ve mentioned it, I can definitely see the connection! For those of you who are eager to find out more about the elusive Christian and innocent Ana, leave a comment answering the question below and the first five people to respond (be sure to leave your email address) will win a FREE copy of Fifty Shades of Grey!
ROAMING QUESTION: What is your favorite fairy tale and why?
Also, be sure to check out my review, as well as the rest of the stops on the Fifty Shades of Grey blog tour:
- June 21 Journey with Books
- June 23 Roaming through Romance
- June 25 Live to Read
- June 27 The Write to Make a Living
- June 28 Middle of the Road Reviews
- June 29 Better Read than Dead
- June 30 My Life. One Story at a Time
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