Cincuenta sombras de Grey / Fifty Shades of Grey (Paperback)
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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview the young, enigmatic entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is brilliant, beautiful, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and despite his cold distance, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too--but on his own terms. Shocked, yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success--his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family--Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical, and daring affair, Ana starts to explore the secrets of Christian Grey, and her own dark desires. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.
E.L. James is the pen name of Erika Leonard, a writer who burst onto the scene in 2012 with an erotic trilogy about a sexually dominant businessman and a virginal college student. James was a University of Kent-educated television producer and mother of two when she logged onto a Web site devoted to the massively popular Twilight books. She began penning stories based on those characters and posting them on the site under the name "Snowqueens Icedragon." The steamy tales caught the eye of a small Australian publisher called the Writer's Coffee Shop, which released FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, FIFTY SHADES DARKER, and FIFTY SHADES FREED as e-books. In April 2012 they were published in paperback by a division of Random House, and thanks in some part to their tastefully muted covers, which allowed women to purchase them without embarrassment, they shot to the top of the bestseller lists. James is unbothered by those who disparage her writing skills or dub her work "Mommy Porn." "This is my midlife crisis, writ large," she has said. "All my fantasies [are] in there." The trilogy has been optioned for the big screen, earning her a reported $5 million. James, who is married to the screenwriter Niall Leonard and lives in West London, was included on Time magazine's 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Explaining her inclusion, the magazine stated. "[The] trilogy has deeply stirred booksellers, Hollywood and, apparently, many, many mothers. Reading may never be the same."