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50 Shades of Grey? Just an old-fashioned love story, says EL James
It's not all about the sex, says 50 Shades of Grey author @E_L_James. Women readers just want a passionate romance.
The trilogy has sold 31 million copies worldwide, overtaking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Da Vinci Code in Britain, because it tells a simple love story, the author said.
However, James said she was unhappy that teenage girls are reading the books because the content is strictly adults-only.
The 49-year-old writer made a rare public appearance on Wednesday night to promote Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album, a tie-in featuring music that “inspired” her writing and features in the books. It includes pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff.
Her hero, brooding billionaire Christian Grey, plays classical piano when he is not seducing a young woman, Anastasia Steele, in a variety of sado-masochistic scenarios.
Asked if female readers were attracted by the adventurous bedroom scenes or the fantasy of dating a ludicrously rich man, James replied: “No, it’s the love story. Women like to read a passionate love story.
“There is sex but as the books go on the sex changes as the relationship changes. You see the evolution of it.”
CLICK HERE FOR THE IN DEPTH ARTICLE ON WHAT E.L. JAMES SAID AT THE @EMIClasssics lauch party: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9526791/50-Shades-of-Grey-Just-an-old-fashioned-love-story-says-EL-James.html