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Young Adult Novel to be Written by E.L. James' Hubs (of Fifty Shades of Grey)

I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, “What’s Up Doc?” but it’s a screwball comedy with Ryan O’Neal and Barbara Streisand. There’s one line in the movie that I repeat often to myself: “What more can they do to me?”

And that was my exact reaction when I heard that the husband of author E.L. James, writer of Fifty Shades of Grey, was going to write a young adult novel. Ok, I know, I’m not being fair.

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I mean just because you’re married to someone who wrote one of the most talked about books of 2012 doesn’t mean you’re going to cash out by default, but still, that’s not gonna hurt Niall Leonard’s (the hubs) chances of success.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Leonard’s young-adult book, described as a “gritty” tale about a 17-year-old London teen who gets framed for his stepfather’s murder, will be published by Doubleday, a division of Random House Children’s Publishing, in September, according to The Bookseller website.”

My question to you is: Will you read Leonard’s book? And if you do, is it because you liked Fifty Shades of Grey or because you disliked it?

Curiosity is a powerful element in why I pick books. I’ll wait and see if more info comes out about the book before I decide.

Crazy – Fifty Shades of Grey has seriously shaken up the reading world no matter how you look at it!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Hmmm.. I don’t think I’ll be reading this one, lol.

  • Ems

    I’d wonder if he was getting published because of her or if he’s gone through the same process as every other (okay, most) authors out there.

  • First, I LOVE What’s Up Doc?! It’s one of my family’s favorite movies. Second, I haven’t read nor do I intend to read Fifty Shades of Grey. There are a few reasons, the primary being that I don’t like to read erotica. With that second, I may or may not read the hubs’ book. I’ll have to wait to see what others think before I decide. But, it won’t have anything to do with Fifty Shades of Grey.

    • You are the only other person outside my family who’s seen this movie!!! 🙂 It’s one of my all-time faves. Gotta love Eunice. 😉

      Also, I don’t read erotica either and don’t plan on ever picking up that series. I just wonder how his writing style will be compared to hers.

  • Catalina Freeman

    That’s so weird.

    I’ll probably read it out of curiosity… can’t help it!

  • Bookishlilly

    I am not interested in the 50 Shades series because erotica is not my thing but the idea that he gets a book deal by riding on his wife’s literary coat tail is a huge turnoff for me. The book does not really sound like something I would be interested in reading and I’m also sick of everybody jumping on the YA bandwagon because it’s such a cash cow.

  • I’ll probably decide whether or not to read it after seeing a few reviews. (I have not and do not intend to read Fifty, but that doesn’t affect me either way.) I really don’t have a problem with him using his wife’s success to his advantage because I’d do the same. It was a lucky break for him, and he would’ve been a fool to not jump on it. Hopefully he has the writing skills to make his being published worthwhile.

  • Alexandralanc

    I don’t know. I personally don’t care at all for Fifty Shades, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from reading another book, just because the person is related. The premise doesn’t sound too interesting to me, though, so I probably won’t read it. Also, I’d be wondering if the book was good, or if it was just published because of E.L. James.