E L James, author of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, which can now be purchased as a single volume. The former television producer has also released not one, but three soundtracks for the book: the Fifty Shades of Grey, the Fifty Shades Darker and the Fifty Shades Freed. Yes, books now have their own soundtracks.
And what a soundtrack! Take a look at this intergenerational mix of music and artists on Fifty Shades Darker: Ella Fitzgerald, Beyoncé, Nina Simone, The Police, Van Morrison, Roberta Flack, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Coldplay, Michael Bublé, to name just a few. James has also made the playlist available on YouTube, so that you can have a listen before you buy. Now every time you hear one of those songs you will think of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. A marketing coup!
Now James can not only be found on every conceivable social media platform, but she also knows that there is nothing better than the real thing, so she has embarked on a US book tour. According to The Hollywood Reporter, E L James was at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami last night signing books for some 500 thrilled fans. She will be making her way to the northeast, stopping today in Boston and Thursday in Philadelphia.
The Reporter goes on to refer to James as a "control freak" with "unprecedented demands" regarding the film rights she sold to Universal for the book. The news made me smile. Nothing makes me happier than for a woman to be kicking ass and being "difficult" in male-dominated Hollywood. That's right boys: my way or the highway.
For E L James book signing tour, click here.
For a review of Fifty Shades of Grey, click here.