1. Those red room scenes…
Erika was concerned about what would happen when the cameras started rolling in the red room. “I was most worried about the scenes in the red room,” she said. “I wanted them to be tasteful and erotic, and that was a journey, but we got there in the end.”
2. On BDSM.
“BDSM just works for this particular work of fiction. I’ve met many people who are into this lifestyle who aren’t completely f**ked up,”Erika said on Fifty Shades. And she’s referring to Christian Grey — our most handsome messed-up man.
“I had a lot of fun researching these books. I get the most TMI emails you could ever hope for, which I hadn’t figured on because I hadn’t figured on any of this. People go and try stuff,” EL shared. Ooh la la!
4. Old soul.
On her leading lady Dakota Johnson,EL James said, “She’s an old soul, but she’s so sweet, and she has a wicked sense of humour.”
5. Don’t call it mommy porn.
Erika fiercely defends erotica — and we love her for it. She said, “‘Mommy porn’ is the most misogynistic term. It’s so demeaning. Women aren’t allowed to write about sex, to read about sex, to think about sex. God forbid that women have fantasies.”
6. On being a pervert.
“I wrote these books for me, for myself, and I would say to anyone who’s writing: Write stuff for yourself. But other people seem to share my fantasies too, so that’s interesting. I’m not such a pervert. It was a huge relief to find that out.”
7. The fantasy.
“Rather embarrassingly, this is my fantasy. I wrote it for me, and now it appears I’m in a lot of other people’s fantasies as well,” she said. And we have to note that she has also supplied a whole lot of people with new fantasies as well.
8. The love story.
“I see it as a love story, completely and utterly,” she said. “I see apassionate love story, entertaining to read. It takes people to a fantasy world.”
9. Ana’s submission.
On the back and forth between Ana and Christian, Erika wants to make things clear. She said, “… everything Ana does is safe, sane, and consensual. Christian takes it too far. She leaves. I think the domination aspect is completely overstated, and that many people are missing the point.”
10. All about Ana.
When talking about the Ana and the story line for her, E.L shared, “Ana was open. She thought, ‘Do I want to do this?’ She examined her own feelings about it, and she acted on them. She was cautious, she was in love. She was very attracted to this guy — she was all of these things, and she was open to ideas. But I think she stayed true to herself.”
11. On taming Christian.
Christian seems to be all about excess, and Ana, at times, seems to need him, and need him to be tamed. But Erika says, “Actually, it’snot about taming him. It’s about showing him something else — a side of him that he doesn’t know he has. I mean, the poor boy, he’s an adolescent, and he has his adolescence through these books. He is incredibly f***ed up.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in Christian’s head,” EL said when writing her main man. “I thought it would be hard but actually once I found his voice it was quite easy. Like any man, he’s not observant. My favourite thing about Christian is he’s such a bloke. We all know them, we all love them, don’t we? But he’s a bit of a bloke.”
13. On Christian Grey.
On her leading man, Erika said, “Christian is a fantasy figure and he’s how we think we want men to be … but actually we just want men to do the washing up, really.”
14. The attitude.
Christian desires Ana, but he also needs her in a deeper way. “He wouldn’t have been interested in Ana for a start. I think his attitude toward women changes in the course of the novel. He needs her,” she said.
15. What ‘fifty shades of grey’ means.
“What I wanted to demonstrate is that I do not look at the world in terms of black and white — and I find people who do rather scary. I think it’s all shades of grey,” Erika said. “As you read through the novel, you think, ‘Was she good? Was she bad? What was he saying? What went on?’ And I think all of the questions that the story raises are not questions for me to answer. They are for the readers to decide for themselves — how they feel about everything. Fifty shades of grey.”