During the height of Twilight mania—the summer of 2008, to be precise—author Stephenie Meyer halted the release of a planned “companion novel” for her blockbuster series, one that promised to answer a bevy of questions, like, “Hey, what does that vampire think?” and, “What’s sucking blood like?” and also maybe, “Why?” Told from vampy dreamboat Edward Cullen’s perspective, Midnight Sun was never published, as Meyer ultimately pulled the book after its first 12 chapters leaked online.
Given that author E.L. James got her start writing Twilight fan fiction, it should come as little surprise that the Fifty Shades Of Grey author is taking yet another page from Meyer’s playbook and releasing her own novel told from her tortured hero’s own viewpoint.
The new book will be released in mere days—days!—and is titled Grey: Fifty Shades Of Grey As Told By Christian (which is clunky, but informative), after slap-happy protagonist (??) Christian Grey. The book will arrive on June 18, incidentally Christian’s (fake) birthday, if you’re into these sorts of (fake) things.
A new press release touts the novel in appropriately vaguely threatening terms, as James reportedly writes, “This book is dedicated to those readers who asked...and asked... and asked... and asked for this.” Remember, you asked for this. You asked for it, you asked for it, YOU ASKED FOR IT.
James also shares, “Christian is a complex character and readers have always been fascinated by his desires and motivations, and his troubled past. 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.”
Well, you asked for it.