Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Happily Ever after? THE NEWLYWEDS ARE JUST SETTLING DOWN WHEN THINGS GO AWRY

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Happily Ever after? THE NEWLYWEDS ARE JUST SETTLING DOWN WHEN THINGS GO AWRY

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Byline: WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

When author E.L. James began writing Twilight fan fiction she never dreamed it would make her a best-selling author and spawn three big-budget Fifty Shades films.

In this Q&A, James discusses bringing her characters to life on the big screen and what fans can expect from the final film in the romantic thriller's trilogy.

Q: What were your expectations when you started writing the books?

A: I didn't have any expectations (laughs). As you probably know - because everyone knows - this started as Twilight fan fiction and it was on the internet and I posted a chapter every three or four days. I did nothing for two years apart from write the book. And it became so popular I just thought 'well, someone might steal the idea from me' and I published it with very little expectation. In my heart of hearts I hoped I would sell 5000 books - that was my target - and I was going to carry on working in television and living that life. That's not what happened (laughs). It's been five years now but I still haven't really caught up with myself because it's been such a roller coaster.

Q: What can we expect from Fifty Shades Freed?

A: This is supposed to be the happily ever after part so that's where we're going with this. We have Ana and Christian happily married, we hope. They have a wedding and they go off on a super honeymoon but things take a bit of a nosedive and we watch them continuing to negotiate their relationship throughout this. There are lots of external forces out there trying to make things awkward for them and so we watch them hopefully overcome that as well.

Q: How would you sum up the relationship between the books and the film?

A: The books are far more detailed and they are only from one point of view whereas the films are from more points of view although unfortunately we can't put everything into the films. It's a far more collaborative process and you have to surrender yourself to the process where everyone has their say on what they think these characters should be doing and that's quite tricky sometimes (laughs). …

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