You may have heard the heavy breathing going on in both the movie and publishing biz this past week. The hot topic of discussion could perhaps be summarized as "Does Mommy prefer her pornography on the page or on the screen?"
50 Shades of Grey is a little book that originated on a fan fiction website, but after, um, pleasuring many female readers, it's become an uber-hot commodity, selling large to a big publisher and occasioning a bidding war amidst the major studios.
It's about a young woman who gets involved with an older man. As Time Magazine's Erika Christakis explains it:
Told from the perspective of a girlish innocent, the Seattle-based story features an emotionally tortured, hyper-controlling boyfriend who can’t get a grip on his baser instincts. If this sounds suspiciously like Twilight, you’re right: it started out as a piece of Twilight fan-fiction by E.L James and the story strenuously echoes the tone and plot of the blockbuster Stephenie Meyer series. But this time around, things are a bit more reality-based; the hot guy is a sexual dominant, his innocent co-ed a reluctant submissive. And the sex scenes don’t fade to black.
These sex scenes have earned the novel the sobriquet of "mommy porn," given that its major demographic appears to be made up of older women. The basic plot elements - the man is rich, of course, and the woman would like to change his ways, naturally - say Harlequin, and/or pretty much most romantic fiction since the late 1800s. So clearly the graphic kinky sex (hero Christian Grey, picky with his caps, is only into S&M and B&D) is what's causing the sensation. And now, according to the Hollywood Reporter...
Sources say the book has attracted attention from Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and Fox 2000, among others.