‘Fifty Shades’ fans’ wait is over: New novel gives Christian Grey’s perspective

Posted at 6:34 AM, Jun 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-18 08:34:07-04

(CNN) — A fourth “Fifty Shades” book, this time told from hero Christian Grey’s perspective, is published Thursday — on what devotees may know is the character’s birthday.

Author E.L James announced plans on June 1 to publish the book, “Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian.”

James will be signing her book Thursday morning at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on New York’s Fifth Avenue.

Fans in New Zealand were among the first to be able to get their hands on a copy.

James said in a statement posted on her site that she had written the book after receiving requests from “thousands of readers” for Christian’s point of view.

“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,” James said.

Anne Messitte, Vintage Books publisher and James’ editor, was quoted on the website as saying the new book has “all the compelling attributes of its predecessors” and that she was excited for its readers.

The trilogy of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” caught Hollywood’s attention, and the first book was made into one of the most highly anticipated films of 2015.

The film starred Jamie Dornan as Christian and Dakota Johnson as his love interest, Anastasia Steele. It’s made more than $166 million since its release on February 14.

The sequel, “FIfty Shades Darker,” is set to arrive in theaters in 2017.

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