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Fifty Shades Of Grey Sets New Record
Fifty Shades Of Grey Sets New Record

Raunchy author EL James has sold almost a million paperback copies of her Fifty Shades trilogy in only one week, latest figures show.

Her first book, Fifty Shades Of Grey has had its highest sales yet, shifting 482,785 copies to set a new UK record for the biggest weekly tally for a paperback book.

Global sales of the books by the west London-based writer have now shot past 20 million, just 12 weeks after it first hit UK bookshelves.

Figures from Nielsen Bookscan, which compiles sales data for the publishing industry, show the books sold 978,197 copies in a week as demand continues to grow.

Publishers have now had to order 17 reprints in the UK since it came out in just three months, with printers having to work around the clock to cope with interest in the tales of “mummy porn”.

James’s debut novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, saw its sales rise by 21% on the previous week, but its sequels clocked up massive sales. Second book Fifty Shades Darker shifted 264,984 copies and the final instalment, Fifty Shades Freed, rang up sales of 229,171.

Mum-of-two James - whose real names is Erika Leonard - originally published her erotic tales as ebooks and her publishers say they continue to sell well digitally, estimating that they are largely matching print sales.

Publishing trade magazine The Bookseller today reported the first book has now sold 1,645,422 copies in just 12 weeks. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code - the biggest selling UK paperback of all time - took 46 weeks to reach that figure.

The magazine’s website points out that £4.7 million was spent on James’s books in a week and accounted for 40p in every pound spent on a novel.

James’s books have occupied the top three places in the best-seller lists for 10 consecutive weeks.

Fifty Shades of Grey has already become the first book to sell more than one million copies for Kindle.

Christian Grey & Anastasia Steele Roles In Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie Still Being Decided
Christian Grey & Anastasia Steele Roles In Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie Still Being Decided

Things are hotting up in the wait to hear who will play the main characters in Fifty Shades of Grey, but now Ryan Gosling is reportedly the favourite to play the lead role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation.

British newspaper The Sun has reported that Ryan Gosling has been hotly tipped to play S&M enthusiast Christian Grey in the the Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation, overtaking Ian Somerhalder as the favourite.

Since the rights to EL James’ bestseller were snapped up by Universal Pictures and Focus films, the rumour mill has been in overdrive with speculation as to who could play kinky billionaire Christian Grey and his lover, the shy and awkward college graduate Anastasia Steele.

Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder and Star Trek's Chris Pine have both shown an interest in the role, along with The Tudors’ star Henry Cavill. But it’s the Drive and Crazy Stupid Love actor Ryan Gosling who is apparently the man to beat.

As for the role of Christian’s love interest, Anastasia Steel, Kristen Stewart, Emma Roberts, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, and Game of Thrones beauty Emilia Clarke have all been linked to the role.

Who do you think should play the lead characters?

Everyone’s Talking About Fifty Shades Of Grey, Including Niall Horan!
Everyone’s Talking About Fifty Shades Of Grey, Including Niall Horan!

Stars are lining up to appear in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, and the ones that aren’t are all talking about it.

Actresses Kristen Stewart, Emma Roberts and Lucy Hale have all been linked to the female lead role, whilst Ian Somerhalder, Chris Pine and Ryan Gosling have been linked to the lead male part.

Selena Gomez recently dismissed the possibility that she would star in the movie, but revealed that she enjoyed reading the books, whilst One Direction's Niall Horan also joined millions of men and women around the world and admitted to reading saucy novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.

The Irish singer didn’t get too far into the book, though, but it seems he might be tempted to give it another go.

Niall told British newspaper the Daily Mirror: ‘A girl gave it to me the other day! I read the first page and put it down. But it was good.’

There has been a lot of hype about the book series, which included Fifty Shades Of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. The first tells the story of college graduate Anastasia Steele and manipulative billionaire Christian Grey, who asks her to become his ‘submissive’ in his ‘red room of pain’.

The book contains plenty of erotic scenes, and has received worldwide praise for the storyline between the two main characters, which manages to build suspence throughout the series.

Harry Styles' mum Anne Cox was thrilled when comic Alan Carr joked that he'd been asked to star in the big screen adaptation of the tale last month.

‘@AlanCarr I would SO watch that!’ she Tweeted.

Who Will Play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie?
Who Will Play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie?

Pretty Little Liars actress Lucy Hale is amongst a long list of stars interested in the role of Anastasia Steel in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Lucy has revealed that she would be interested in a role in the raunchy novel turned movie, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Lucy, who plays Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars, has told MTV News that she’s keen to “do something a little more risky” when it comes to her acting career.

When asked if she would want to play lead character Anastasia Steele in the much talked about movie, Lucy said: “I definitely am ready to take a step and do something a bit more risky… but it’s a fine line. I don’t know what that fine line is, but I’m definitely ready to explore a darker side of my acting abilities.”

The 23-year old also went on to add that she’s a fan of the books - written by E.L. James - saying: “I’m on Fifty Shades Darker. I get flustered even talking about it, so yeah, I’m on that train.”

Lucy went on to say: “People have said that [I could play the lead role] but people have also said [I could play] the little sister, which I think could make sense, because I look a little young for Ana. I’m really curious to see how it’s all going to [play out]. But God, what a big role to take on.”

Other actresses that have been linked to the role include Kristen Stewart and Emma Roberts. And as for who will play the domineering, beautiful but troubled Christian Grey, Star Trek actor Chris Pine has revealed that he would consider the role. Ian Somerhalder has gone one step further, even running a campaign to get him the part. And it appears all the campaigning hasn’t been in vain as Ian was the choice of fans of Fifty Shades of Grey for the role.
 
He came away with 27% of the votes while Superman’s Henry Cavill came in second with 15% and A-list Ryan Gosling came in third with 13%.   

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Discuss Fifty Shades Of Grey Role And Fashion
Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev Discuss Fifty Shades Of Grey Role And Fashion

The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev have been enjoying a break from filming their hit television drama.

However, that time hasn’t been sent relaxing; Ian has been running a campaign to get the Christian Grey role in Fifty Shades of Grey whilst also running around the globe trying to save the environment.

And it appears all the campaigning hasn’t been in vain as Ian was the choice of fans of Fifty Shades of Grey for the role of Christian Grey.

He came away with 27% of the votes while Superman’s Henry Cavill came in second with 15% and A-list Ryan Gosling came in third with 13%.

Nina, on the other hand, recently dished about who inspires her sleek style. She said: “One of them is Kate Beckinsale; she has great style because she’s always so classy and put together in a very clean way. Zoe Saldana takes a lot of risks, but is still very classy. I love Dianna Agron, Emma Watson, Olivia Wilde, Emma Stone…they’re all so great.”

Depite the go ahead from fans of the Fifty Shades series, Ian Somerhalder still hasn’t received an official ‘yes’ for Christian Grey’s role.

Selena Gomez Not Interested In Risky Role In Fifty Shades Of Grey
Selena Gomez Not Interested In Risky Role In Fifty Shades Of Grey

Selena Gomez has said that she is just not interested in the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey, because it’s a bit too risky.

She did a skit about the novel last month for Funny or Die, but admitted that she has not even read the whole book.

Selena told MTV News: “I only read the beginning of it, because when they told me about the skit, I didn’t know what it was about. So I started to read it, and I was like, “Oh, this is spicy.” So I thought it was good, it was intriguing.

“Obviously, it’s working, so the skit was really funny. I don’t think [I’d take the role]. I know I’m taking risks, but I don’t think I could do that! That would be a little too much for me. I think someone older should do that part.”

Perhaps Lindsay Lohan would be good for the role, since she is proving that she is not afraid to take big risks in her career. Lindsay is due to star opposite porn actor James Deen in a film about ‘youth, glamour, sex, and Los Angeles’. Lindsay is set to have a naked scene in movie.

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