EL James on Fifty Shades of Grey Research: Brutal!

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It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it, and Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James said she did exhaustive "research" for the best-selling erotic novel in which many of her own sexual fantasies actually appear on paper.

"It was a very considered study," James joked the explicit sex in her books during the latest stop on her book tour. "My husband still rolls his eyes and says 'God, what do we gotta do now?' He was very cooperative."

50 Shades of Grey Cover

"Fundamentally for me it's still a love story," she notes. "I think women love to read love stories. People concentrating on the sex ... I can say over and over again I cannot own people's reaction to this story."

"If they want to concentrate on the sex ... it's their issue, not my issue.

As for the banter between Christian and Anastasia Steele? "That's actually how I write my emails … I am a terrible flirt. I have a lot of fun with those."

With a multi-million dollar book deal and now a Fifty Shades of Grey movie in the works, James won't spill on who should play Christian Grey on film.

"I'm so not telling you," she teased. "It's really, really early days in the film process. I'm keeping my mouth shut because I will get into trouble."

Who can you see in the lead roles? Vote in our polls below!

Who should play Christian Grey?

Who should play Anastasia Steele?


Cam Gigandet has my vote!


Tyler Hoechlin & Elizabeth Olsen would be the perfect candidates for playing the roles of Christian Grey and Anastastia Steele.


Some people mock and ridicule James's book but at the same time they take advantage of its popularity to their advantage and use it to make money.


As I have seen the poll, everyone voted for Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev for the lead roles for the film. Let me ask.. did anyone even read the damned book? Just because they're hot and look good without a shirt does not mean that either of them could portray either character. I do believe Ian Somerhalder is a good choice because of his piercing eyes and the fact he can elicit a wide range of emotions. As for Nina, wtf? Just because she's a vamp virgin in the VDs does not, by no means entitle her to playing Ana. Coming from first hand experience without all the kink, I can say I know exactly where Ana is coming from and reflected my past a little too close for comfort. Nina would be horrible. She is awful at showing surprise. Her face is perpetually stuck in "outrage" or "awe" mode. The female list should be rethought. Kristen Stewart should be removed completely unless she's taking the told of Christian seeing she has no emotions.


I vote Rick Malambri or Cam Gigandet. They are two of the hottest men!


Cam gigandet 100%


Cam Gigandet should be Christian. He fits the look perfectly! ;-)






CG for CG Cam Gigandet is perfect. and you wouldnt even have to change his monogrammed handkerchiefs!