E. L. James Is Worried '50 Shades' Movie Will Disappoint Fans

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e l jamesYou know what they say: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! That axiom certainly seems to be true in the case of E. L. James, at least. On the one hand, the Fifty Shades of Grey author is pretty much living every writer's wildest fantasy right now -- not only did her erotic trilogy make her the world's highest paid writer, but it's now (as you are more than well aware) being made into one of the most highly anticipated movies in history. So what's the problem? Well, now that the filming is about to start, James says she's "completely terrified"!

"I’ve been terrified from the moment I published the book," she says. "You don’t expect this kind of success. Even now it floors me. My only ambition for the books was to see them in bookstores. This is huge. And there is this passionate fandom; we need to get this right for them."

James went on to say that she expects fans to hold her fully responsible if they don't like the film:

"Oh God, of course they will. They hold me responsible for everything."

That's a lot of pressure -- I guess I don't blame her for being terrified! Not only does James have to worry about the director and cast potentially not getting the book right, she's got that rabid fan base to please. But would it really be her fault if the movie wasn't up to snuff? After all, while James says she does have script approval, she has "not so much" creative control -- so if director Sam Taylor-Johnson decides she wants to take things in a direction that doesn't quite match up with James' vision, there's not much the writer can do about it. That would be scary, from an author's point of view. But I think it's really sweet, not to mention admirable, that James is so concerned with her fans' reaction to the film. I mean, let's be frank: Even if everybody hates the movie, she's never gonna have to work a day in her life again. They could re-cast the leads with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy and James would still be laughing all the way to the bank. But she does care, and that says a lot. 

Do you think the Fifty Shades movie will disappoint fans?


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nonmember avatar Laurie

I've always felt this movie is going to be a HUGE flop. It's been too long since the books were popular and there is no way to capture the imagination in a movie as you can in a book. And imagination is what made the book so good for most. (Because it certainly was not the writing.)

nonmember avatar jax

this movie will disappoint on the pure fact that neither Charlie Hunnam nor Matt Bomer are cast as Christian Grey

poshkat poshkat

Of course it's going to suck and ruin careers. Did NOBODY except for me know this?

mommy... mommyinthe303

It's not going to be as the book is and to be honest I don't even care to see the movie. The book was a porno and there is NOWAY they are going to make a movie like the book is. They will ruin the movie... They people playing the characters dont' even look the part.

Kim Rosamilia

since ian somerholder isnt christian and all the characters are wrong its going to be a dissappointment...im already disappointed on who they chose for christian...ughh so not what we picture...and the other two prior candiates were wrong also...one of who is gay...nothing wrong with gay but cant picture him playing a part of an s&m guy when he's into guys...no way...but nevertheless all 3 actors are wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Michele Smith

Its not bad enough th casting is screwed up and now we have to wait until 2015   and NOW....THE AUTHOR IS AFRAID THAT the movie will disappoint  wtf!!



Debbi Sheets

this movie is over before it even starts

nonmember avatar Serena

It's already a disapointment with the casting alone. How much worse could it get? Oh ya, it could get WAY worse because of the crappy casting!! I knew if they didn't pick two GOOD leads I would lose interst in the movie. Alot of people I know agree. They would have been better offbif the chose top 3 candidates for the roles and let the mases vote rather than picked such crappy leads!! Oh ya so the point: YES IT WILL DISAPPOINT FANS!!!!

nonmember avatar Aryn

None of the fans will be completely happy with it regardless...Someone is always going to not like that they did this or hate that they didn't add that...even though they didn't cast who I thought should play Christan or Ana, I'm still going to go see it. The books were incredible and I am actually starting to really like who they picked. Ultimately, it's their call and their movie so regardless of how you feel, they are going to do this. It's their movie, and I'm excited to see one of my favorite series come to life on the big screen.

Tammy Michelle Choate

It doesn't matter whose casted I'm telling ya because there is no way in God's green earth that our society would allow them to put all the good stuff we love about this movie in it. Let's face it if they did well, let's just say it would be a porn movie. I don't think the book is that but our society would. Its a shame that we keep waiting and waiting but it doesn't matter to me. It was just like Twilight Series I loved the books the movies were ok but books are just so much better period.

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