When asked last month if she had to fight for any changes to the film adaptation of her novel Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James responded, “Oh, I had to fight for a lot of things really hard,” adding, “it’s things like this, within any creative process, when you’re the auteur of a whole universe.”
Surveying the cultural landscape in 2015, it is beginning to seem that James is not merely the creator and protector of one fictional universe, but rather the accidental auteur of the entire cultural sphere. There is no denying, to begin with, the newfound weight of erotic fiction in Hollywood now that the adaptation of James’ book has grossed more than $500 million worldwide. And, already, in the wake of the film’s release, Hollywood and television are clambering to produce more romance and erotica adaptations.
How Amazon and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Created a Golden Age for Self-Published Romance Authors — and Why It May Already Be Over
“Romance never does go out of fashion. It’s radical.” – Bob Dylan, AARP Magazine
For Monica Murphy, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance writer living in the foothills of California’s Yosemite National Park, a typical day goes like this: she spends an hour online tending to her social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Then, when her three kids are off to school, she gets down to the serious business of writing sexy romance novels.