EL James announces Fifty Shades of Grey sequel written from Christian's point of view
Which got us wondering: what other classics would we like to re-read from an alternative perspective?
EL James, author of the spankingly successful Fifty Shades books, has revealed what she's been up to since the publication of 2012's Fifty Shades Freed: writing a new novel, Grey, which revisits the same story as Fifty Shades of Grey but from the point of view of sharp-suited S&M-loving mogul Christian Grey. James' publisher and editor Anne Messitte has said that she's 'incredibly excited', and the fact that the original trilogy is the bestselling erotic fiction of all time possibly has something to do with it.
This is not the first time that a famous book has been rewritten from a different perspective; Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea retold Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre mostly from the point of view of Mr Rochester's unhappy first wife, and is now regarded as a classic of postcolonial literature. Grey is unusual in that the new book is being written by the original author. We couldn't help thinking that there are plenty of over-familiar classics out there which are ripe for a perspective flip:
Title: American Secretary
Sequel to: American Psycho (Bret East Ellis)
Synopsis: Jean, a bright but diffident young New York woman, is hopelessly in love with her boss, handsome, moody Wall Street trader Patrick, but will his emotional issues ever allow him to return her devotion? And just what does he have in his fridge?
Title: The Coming of the Small Folk
Sequel to: The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
Synopsis: An exiled, embittered cloud of smoke recounts how his ambitious plans to bring to Middle-Earth order, justice and a coherent approach to town planning were cruelly thwarted by the theft of his greatest invention and a band of annoying tiny people.
Sequel to: Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Synopsis: A lonely, white-skinned whale, ostracised by the other whales for his skin colour, finds himself stalked by a psychotic fisherman with a wooden leg, and finally decides to take the law into his own fins.
Title: Everyone Is Afraid Of Me
Sequel to: The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson)
Synopsis: A brutal tale of rural crime, in which various characters tell how a peaceful wood came to be ruled by a climate of terror and intimidation, fostered by a brilliant but ruthlessly self-serving mouse.
Title: Laundry and Carpentry in Las Vegas
Sequel to: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S Thompson)
Synopsis: Gritty but inspiring story of a community pulling triumph from disaster, focusing on the heroic exploits of the cleaning and maintenance staff of several Las Vegas hotels after a devastating weekend. Ken Loach is interested.
Grey is published on June 18.