E. L. James Biography
One of the most bestselling authors of all time is Erika Mitchell, also known as E.L. James. Born on March 7, 1963, E. L. James was born in London, England and continues to be a British citizen. She is a married woman with two children.
Mitchell began her journey into fiction by writing fan fiction. Her pen name at the time was Snowqueen Icedragon. Under this pen name, she wrote “Twilight” fan fiction. Before Mitchell wrote fiction for publication, she worked as a TV executive.
Eventually, Mitchell’s pen name changed to E. L. James, and her work in fan fiction developed into the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy that includes two other books. She didn’t start writing the books until 2009 when she was 46 years old. The success of the Grey trilogy took E. L. James by surprise. She never suspected that the books would sell as well as they did. Her work is focused on novel length and not short story or novella length.
The books have sold well over 100 million copies across the world. E.L. James was so successful that she landed one of the coveted Most Influential People spots created by Times magazine. She has also won many other awards for being one of the most successful authors of all time.
Despite the success of the Fifty Shades books, they have been criticized widely by readers for various issues. One of the main problems is that some readers feel the books do not adequately depict the BDSM lifestyle, which the books theme is based on. Another reason the books were criticized is because of the way the female, Anastasia Steele, is treated by Christian Grey.
In 2015, a novel called Grey, told in the viewpoint of the male character, Christian Grey, was released. As with the “Fifty Shades of Grey” books, the Grey novel became an instant bestseller, read by people around the world.
The creation of a movie series has begun based on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” books. The movie hit theaters to sold-out venues. The actors in the movie included Dakota Johnson, who plays the main character, Anastasia Steele. Actor Jamie Dornan plays Christian Grey. Movies based on the books “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” are scheduled to be released in later years.
The movie was so successful in the world that they brought in close to 600 million dollars. The movie was the 7th highest grossing film in the world in the year of 2015. As with the books, the movie also received a lot of bad reviews based on the same complaints that the books received back when they were written.
E. L. James has a large following of people who enjoy her work. The author is active on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Her Twitter account, for example, has almost a million followers. Despite the size of her social networks, James is active on the networks and occasionally chats with her followers.