Uh oh. The fourth book in the ‘Fifty Shades’ saga which E.L. James penned from Christian’s POV has been stolen — just like Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Midnight Sun,’ which was told from Edward’s POV, and eventually leaked online.
E.L. James, 52, must be livid after hearing that a finished copy of “Grey” was allegedly stolen right out from underneath the publisher’s nose. Unfortunately, this situation is eerily similar to what happened to Stephenie Meyer after she announced that she had written a book from Edward Cullen’s point of view. Now, fans are worried that E.L.’s fifth book will leak online and cause the author to stop a wide release from happening — just like Stephenie did with “Midnight Sun.”
Ugh. It is so upsetting to hear that a very greedy — or possibly impatient — person has stolen a copy of “Grey” before it could be released to the masses. The incident reportedly happened just days after E.L. James announced that “Grey” would be getting released, and there are concerns that some of the naughtiest and most exciting excerpts could be leaked online.
Thankfully, Penguin Random House has confirmed that “Grey” will still be released on June 18 as planned. They also confirmed that a finished copy has been stolen, and the Kent Police confirmed there is an ongoing investigation into who took the book. Although this is good news for the fans, it does not mean that pieces of the book will not leak online before then.
They are right to be concerned though, because something very similar happened to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Back in 2008, a partial draft of “Midnight Sun” was leaked online without her permission or knowledge. It was the only book written from Edward’s point of view, and would have retraced the steps of “Twilight” from his own inner voice instead of Bella’s. Unfortunately, once the unfinished draft leaked, Stephenie felt violated as an author — rightfully so — and never actually allowed the book to be published.
Even though it sucks that “Grey” was stolen before it’s release date, it’s great for E.L.’s fans to know that they will still get their own copy on June 18.
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— Lauren Cox