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Since it was announced that the popular erotic book, Fifty Shades of Grey, was being brought to the big screen, fans have been hesitant about how the naughty words would translate to film, who would be playing the leads, and more. One person that was always there to reassure the production decisions was author E. L. James—but now she’s admitting that she, too, has her doubts.
In a revealing new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the bestselling author is revealing that she’s “terrified” for the film adaptation.
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“I’ve been terrified from the moment I published the book.” She admitted, when asked how she was feeling about the upcoming production. “You don’t expect this kind of success. Even now it floors me. My only ambition for the books was to see them in booksores. This is huge. And there is this passionate fandom; we need to get this right for them.”
At the time, Ms. James remained pretty neutral when fans reacted poorly to Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson on Twitter; however, she is now admitting that the backlash was overwhelming.
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“It was very mixed and I had to get off Twitter for a couple of days,” she told EW. “I wasn’t surprised, people hate change; I thought there would be quite a few people upset, regardless of whom we had chosen.”
Ultimately, Charlie was replaced by Jamie Dornan.
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However, fans will be able to decide for themselves—it was recently revealed that Fifty Shades of Grey will hit theaters Valentines Day 2015. Until then, Ms. James has another project—another book she finished; when asked if there was sex in her upcoming project, she was hesitant.
“No,” she said before stopping herself. “It’s very different from Fifty.”