E.L. James Releasing New 'Fifty Shades' Book in June

by Jackie Willis 3:16 PM PDT, June 01, 2015
Playing E.L. James Releasing New 'Fifty Shades' Book in June

We've heard Anastasia Steele's side of the erotic Fifty Shades of Grey story, and now it's time for Christian Grey to speak up.

While fans eagerly await the release of Fifty Shades Darker in theaters on Feb. 10, author E.L. James has something to hold everyone over. The erotic writer revealed that on June 18, Grey's birthday, she'll be releasing a new Fifty Shades of Grey novel. Simply titled Grey, the book will be from the billionaire S&M enthusiast's point of view.

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"Christian is a complex character and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past," James said (via Variety). "Also, as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story. It's been a great pleasure to return to my happy place-writing, being with Christian and Ana in their universe, and working with the fantastic team at Vintage."

The wildly popular Fifty Shades trilogy -- Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed -- has sold 125 million copies worldwide since the first book's release in 2011. The series is one of the most successful publications of all time.

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The Fifty Shades film franchise -- which stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey -- is also off to a successful start. The first film was released on Feb. 13 and has grossed $166.2 million in the U.S. and $569.7 million worldwide.

"Fifty Shades of Grey is a love story that has enthralled readers in a way that few books have," said Vintage Books publisher and James’s editor, Anne Messitte. "When Erika mentioned to me that she wanted to explore Christian’s viewpoint and re-open the story, I was incredibly excited for her and for her readers. This book has all the compelling attributes of its predecessors, and I can’t wait for Fifty Shades fans to experience the work again from a perspective they have long desired."

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Will you read James' new novel?

Check out this first look at Fifty Shades Darker, below: