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A new 'Fifty Shades of Grey' book is coming out later this month from the male point of view


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"Fifty Shades of Grey" fans are in for a big surprise. 

Another new book in the erotica series from author E.L. James is out later this month, titled "Grey."

James made the announcement on her social media accounts.



The fourth book in the series, following billionaire Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, won't be a sequel. Instead, it will be a retelling of the first book from Grey's point of view. 

The first three books were all told from the perspective of recent college grad Anastasia Steele as she first encountered Grey.

The book will be released June 18, 2015, which just so happens to mark Christian Grey's birthday.

According to Variety, James is dedicating the book “to those readers who asked… and asked… and asked… and asked for this.”

"Fifty Shades of Grey" started out as fan fiction based on the popular "Twilight" series from Stephanie Meyer.

Funny enough, Meyer was going to do a similar thing with her book series. 

After the successful run of the "Twilight" series, Meyer planned to release a book called "Midnight Sun," which would have been "Twilight" from perspective of the male lead, Edward Cullen. However, after multiple chapters from the book were leaked online, Meyer stopped work on the book in 2008. Instead, Meyer made rough drafts of the chapters available for free to her fans online.

There couldn't be a more perfect time to release a "Fifty Shades of Grey" companion book.

The film adaptation became an instant hit. Not only did the film have the best opening weekend ever in February, it also had the largest opening for an erotic thriller and romantic movie. All together, the film has grossed over $569 million worldwide on a reported $40 million budget.

A sequel for the film is planned for a 2017 release. James' husband, Niall Leonard, will write the script for that film.

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