A Million Shades of Green: The Real Story Behind Fifty Shades of Greyby Sean Black
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A Million Shades of Green is a short non-fiction account of how a novel-length piece of BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism) Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe (featuring Twilight characters Edward Cullen and Bella Swan) was secretly transformed into the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey, before being sold on for millions of dollars to one of America's most esteemed publishing imprints and a major movie studio.
From bestselling thriller writer Sean Black comes the real story behind the #1 'Mommy Porn' bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.
The tale of a spectacular literary heist, A Million Shades of Green, will take you on a journey into the hidden world of porn fan fiction, where books originally written for, and aggressively marketed towards children and teenagers by writers such as J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer are given a violently pornographic twist before having their 'serial numbers filed off' and being sold on as original fiction.
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Meet the Author
A graduate of Oxford University, England and Columbia University in New York, Sean Black writes the Ryan Lock thrillers for various publishers around the world. His work has been translated into Dutch, German and Russian, with a Spanish edition of The Devil's Bounty currently being written by the translator of The Kite Runner. To research his books he has trained as a bodyguard in the UK and Eastern Europe, gone inside one of America's most violent Supermax prisons, lived in the Arizona desert, and ventured into the tunnels under Las Vegas.
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I had initially expected this to be an unfair skewering of my least favorite book and author, however Black, whose own normal forte is action thrillers, composes a very well written, researched and thoughtful piece. In this essay Black goes back and delves into the origins of the "book", fan fiction (what it is, why people write it and how several "legitimate" authors feel about the subject), and probes into some of the questions surrounding "pulled" fan-fics and what sort of trends may follow. It's a quick and easy read, and I think written on a level that a majority of people not involved in the worlds of writing and publishing can understand. Black does an excellent job with the subject matter within the span of 25 or so pages, and I feel he does his best to take a thoughtful look at the Fifty Shades phenomenon. Although I did not agree with all of his ideas in regard to "pulled" fan fiction Black still delivers a very well written essay, and that alone is enough to make me wonder what his own fictional works are like. Perhaps the main drawback to this little essay is that it is somewhat dated, initially written within the first few months of Fifty Shades Of Grey taking off. However, even in that Black delivered a little piece of humor in an otherwise serious and thoughtful piece, when he mentions Anne Rice and her abject hatred of fan fiction. Of course you remember her, maybe. she was big a long time ago until one of her books was made into a movie and it bombed because it didn't have Tom Cruise in it. If you don't I'll remind you that just a few months ago that she was praising E.L. James (a huge writer of fan fiction... I'll leave whether that was a pun or not up to you), coincidentally just in time for the re-issuing of her erotic "Sleeping Beauty" series.