This morning, the esoteric “writer’s writer” E.L. James announced via her Instagram that she’ll be publishing Grey, a much-needed 50 Shades of Grey retelling from the perspective of self-made billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey.

“Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night?” the back cover asks breathlessly. “Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?” To answer these questions, you could read either Grey or 50 Shades of Grey.

E.L. James, who earns $50-100 million per year from book sales, writes at her blog: “As anyone who’s ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story.” The book will be published on June 18th, which is “Christian’s birthday.”

It’s just absolutely wonderful news for literature lovers all around, setting a precedent that I hope will bring us Lean In from the perspective of a middle-class woman, The Fault in Our Stars from the POV of “our stars,” and Unbroken in the voice of Seabiscuit.


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