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Mar 7 2014 5:30pm

Jamie Dornan as Christian GreyWe might like billionaires. Like, a lot. At least of the fictional variety. Whether you prefer Gideon Cross, Christian Grey, or any of the others that have come into our lives, there's something for everyone! We only wish there were as many hot billionaires in real life as there are in fiction!

Who is your favorite billionaire in romance? Let us know in the comments!

[+4 more beefcake worth billions...]

Feb 5 2014 11:25am

Escorted by Claire KentAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

This month, we're looking for inexperienced heroines—the ones who not only are virgins, but whose sexual inexperience plays a pivotal role in the plot. These women want to learn what to do, but aren't quite sure how to go about it—which is where the hero comes in (so to speak...). So which inexperienced heroines novels would you recommend?

  • Escorted by Claire Kent
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  • Uncommon Passion by Anne Calhoun
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack
  • Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas
  • A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
  • Sheltered by Charlotte Stein
  • Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
  • Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward

What books would you recommend?

Jan 25 2014 3:27pm

Fifty Shades of Grey movie posterThe countdown to the premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie has officiallly begun! The studio has released the first official poster for the film, a teaser image of Jamie Dornan as sexy, domineering billionaire Christian Grey—his back to the camera as he surveys his spectacular view of Seattle—with the tag line “Mr. Grey Will See You Now” and the release date: February 14, 2015, still more than a year away.

How WILL we handle all this teasing?! Now we wait for the first trailer...

Keep up with all things Christian/Ana with H&H's Fifty Shades Collection.

Jan 6 2014 1:33pm

Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian and AnaRumors are circulating that big-screen adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy will be consolidated into just one film. The production has moved to Miami to film scenes that don't take place until the third book, and several reports mention the producers making a statement that there will be just one Fifty Shades of Grey movie, rather than three.

While it's easy to say the decision was made because the series itself drags on too long, the prospect of making a lot of money usually trumps artistic concerns. So if it's true, why do you think the producers are making this decision so early in the production process? Do you think the movie might be better if it were condensed?

Want more? Check out H&H's Fifty Shades Collection.

To see more images from Entertainment Weekly's Fifty Shades photoshoot, go to EW's image gallery

Dec 12 2013 11:30am

Jamie Dornan in a Calvin Klein AdJust after announcing there would be two versions of the filmed adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey—R and NC-17—comes the news that Jamie Dornan will reveal all as Christian Grey.

Michael Fassbender caused a stir when he did the same in Shame (he did it previously in Hunger, but that was not nearly as salacious), and it seems that more and more male actors will go full frontal for their roles.

Knowing that this was likely to be the case, do you think Jamie Dornan had to drop trou to get the part? Are you more or less likely to want to see the film now you know Christian's Grey will be entirely in view?

Dec 3 2013 2:30pm

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan filming 50 Shades of Grey in VancouverFifty Shades of Grey started filming over the past weekend, and there have already been a few pictures of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele—together!—leaked from the set.

When news of the movie deal was announced, people wondered just how the company could make a film that could get an R rating, knowing that avid fans of the books would be disappointed if some of the more intense Christian-Ana scenes weren't included. But the company will get to have its cake and eat it, too—it will reportedly be releasing two versions of the movie, one to be shown in theaters with an R rating, and another one, rated NC-17, that will come out afterwards.

This tactic seems like it will be an easy solution for future books with equally intensely violent or sexual scenes. Do you think it will work, and fans will both go to the theaters and buy the racier version, or will it backfire, because fans will just wait for the version they want?

See this photo and many more from the set on Just Jared.

Nov 13 2013 11:17am

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and Ana on the cover of EWEntertainment Weekly has the first photos of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the film adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey. The two grace the cover of the magazine's latest issue, out on Friday.

Until then, you can get a peek at the EW cover story here, including a quote from Dornan on his reaction to the news he'd gotten the role of Christian Grey:

“There was a slight fear,” Dornan says now, his wiry frame huddled on a couch in a Los Angeles photo studio. “But beyond anything else, I was really f—ing excited.”

News also broke this morning that the film's release date has been pushed back again—we'll now get our Christian/Ana fix just in time for Valentine's Day 2015; the movie's set to hit the big screen on February 13, 2015.

Do these pics match what you'd imagined Christian and Ana to look like?

For all things Fifty, keep tabs on H&H's Fifty Shades Trilogy collection.

Oct 23 2013 10:00pm

Following the news from Saturday that Charlie Hunnam had quit the role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey comes the announcement that, according to Variety, Irish actor Jamie Dornan will be offered the role.

Jamie Dornan began his career as a Calvin Klein underwear model, so he's got the looks and body for the part. He played Sherriff Graham/the Huntsman in Once Upon a Time, and showed his acting chops in the British television series The Fall, where he played a serial killer.

Shooting will begin in November, Shooting begins December 2, with a release date of August 1, 2014.

ETA 11:04pm — Updated info + links

Oct 13 2013 10:30am

In a recent post, Dear Author mentioned the article “Whatever You Do, 'Don't Call It “Mommy Porn”': Fifty Shades of Grey, Fan Culture, and the Limits of Intellectual Property Rights” by Meredith Guthrie, University of Pittsburgh, in which Jane from Dear Author, as well as Sarah Wendell from Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Jenny Trout, were interviewed about the post-Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomenon. Jane says that she believes people who read and love Fifty Shades will go on to read more romance:

“I definitely view 50 Shades as a gateway drug to more romance fiction. It’s a matter of those readers finding other romance stories...[Y]ou are beginning to see readers who were brought into the genre starting to mine the extensive backlists of some popular traditionally published authors.”

But there is some disagreement, according to the article. Paraphrasing Sarah Wendell, the piece suggests that instead of getting more people interested in reading deeper in the romance genre, Fifty Shades may have simply made them want more of the same, citing:

the sheer number of romance book covers that look eerily similar to the cover of Fifty Shades, the increasing use of deep first-person narratives and the popularity of a new genre, called “New Adult,” that features young 20-something female protagonists who are often unsure of themselves and enter into intense sexual and emotional relationships.

Jenny Trout sees this trend going even further, saying that initially optimism was high, but now “[W]hat seems to be happening is this really horrible effect of even more anti-feminist, abusive and grossly misinformed kink fanfic flooding the market.”

If asked in which way Fifty Shades affected the reading world, can we just answer with ”All of them"? Yes, there are more books with grossly dysfunctional relationship dynamics, horrible writing, and insecure young women. But there are also some great books seeing the light of day that would not have found a home otherwise, as well as people who were not readers before becoming readers, even if romance readers would disparage what they are choosing to read (an irony that should not escape any of us).

What have been the best and worst things about the Fifty Fenomenon?

Oct 12 2013 4:06pm

Charlie HunnamCiting the Sons of Anarchy production schedule, Charlie Hunnam has dropped out of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, because he would not have time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.

The Hollywood Reporter cites two sources who say that Hunnam was “overwhelmed with the attention he received from being cast in the movie and got cold feet about carrying such a high-profile project.”

That leaves Dakota Johnson (previously cast as Ana Steele) without a costar for the movie, which has an August 1, 2014, scheduled release date. And now the frenzy can begin anew—who will replace Hunnam as Christian Grey?

For all of H&H's coverage in one place, check out our Fifty Shades collection.

Oct 8 2013 10:39am

Just out is the news that Jennifer Ehle, seen above as Elizabeth Bennet in 1995's Pride and Prejudice, has been cast as Anastasia's mother in the film adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey. Ehle joins the leads Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele and Charlie Hunnam as Christian Grey. The film will be out in theaters in August 2014.

Sep 2 2013 12:26pm

Charlie Hunnam will be Christian GreyHot on the heels of news that Dakota Johnson has been cast as Anastasia Steele came confirmation of who will portray Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Charlie Hunnam!

Hunnam is already a fan favorite thanks to his role as Jax in Sons of Anarchy, but what do you make of him as Christian?

Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the novel by E.L. James, is set for release on August 1, 2014, so filming is expected to begin sooner rather than later under director Sam Taylor-Johnson.

For more Fifty Shades news and discussion, check out H&H's official Fifty Shades Collection.

ETA 12:44 p.m.: Deadline Hollywood has the studio's official press release.

Sep 2 2013 11:54am

Dakota Johnson will be Anastasia SteeleAfter LOTS of speculation and anticipation, the role of Anastasia Steele in the forthcoming film adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey has—according to Deadline Hollywood with the exclusive reveal—gone to actress Dakota Johnson.

Johnson, the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, previously starred in TV show Ben and Kate as well as the movies The Social Network and 21 Jump Street.

Now we know who will play Ana, but another big question remains—who will portray Christian Grey? The latest rumor we've heard is that Charlie Hunnam of Sons of Anarchy could be cast as Christian, but that has NOT YET BEEN CONFIRMED. We'll let you know as soon as we hear anything definitive. [Updated: Hunnam WILL be Christian!] Chemistry between the actors for a movie like this will be everything, so we have a feeling that director Sam Taylor-Johnson already has a pretty good idea of whose Christian she's planning to pair up with Dakota Johnson's Ana. Plus, the movie is due out August 1, 2014, so they'll need to start filming soon.

For all things Fifty Shades on H&H, visit our Fifty Shades Collection.

ETA 2:04 p.m.: Updated picture + confirmation that Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey!

Aug 21 2013 9:30am

Finding Master Right by L.A. WittSpanking in romance seems to have gotten more attention, or page time, since the release of the Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James. But spanking in romance is not new at al; there are a vast number of romances, from historical to contemporary to erotic, which feature spankings, and I think I’ve read the vast majority of them. Of course, some are more memorable than others. These are the first five of ten of my favorite spanking scenes.

In L.A. Witt’s m/m romance Finding Master Right, Chase and Derek dance around their desire for each other for most of the book. While attending a leather conference, Derek accepts an invitation to play with another m/m couple—and asks Chase to come and watch over him. Derek gets an intense spanking from another Dom, but what makes this scene so hot is the intensity that burns between Derek and Chase.

I blinked my eyes into focus and glanced toward one side of the room. Chase was still there, leaning against the wall with one knee bent and his thumbs hooked in his pockets. He was focused on us. On me. Expressionless, motionless, but undeniably there.

Relaxing, I closed my eyes again.

The crop bit my ass cheek hard enough to make my breath catch. Then it hit my other cheek. My eyes watered, and I couldn’t remember if I’d been inhaling or exhaling, but it didn’t fucking matter because he hit me again and all I could do is moan.

[Put your hands on me...]

Jul 27 2013 4:00pm

Wrong Ways Down by Stacia KaneStacia Kane's Terrible-POV novella, Wrong Ways Down, finally has a release date (August 6!). It's always a worry when we see a point of view in a story that we haven't seen before that it will take away from the mystery that made that character so great to begin with. In a lot of cases the book may be told in first person and so you get no sense whatsoever what's going on in the head of the hero.

So with this in mind, we want to know what male POV do you wish you could read? We've seen Barrons's point of view from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, but we thought he may deserve a full novella like Terrible. Do any other heroes that you've seen a glimpse of their POV deserve a whole novella or are you content with just a scene? What do you think when authors give you the hero's perspective after a first person book or book from only the heroine's perspective? Do you like first person books or prefer only third person?

Share your favorite male POVs out there and give us your wish list for other points of view you wish you could read!

Jul 3 2013 4:30pm

Black Ice by Anne StuartRomance readers agree on only one thing: Each romance novel should have a Happily Ever After. For more of what is required, take a look at What Rules are in the Romance Novel Covenant?

We've all weighed in on the Best This and the Crucial That, but we haven't yet attempted—not here, at least—to come up with a comprehensive list of what the Romance Novels You Should Have Read by Now are.

Let's rectify that, shall we? Keep in mind this list is not a subjective Best Ever list*, but a list that gathers up the crucial books in the genre. And—of course—feel free to add your thoughts in comments! What did we miss? What book isn't worth being included? We want to know!

10. Anne Stuart, Black Ice

Why? There is no one better than Anne Stuart at the “Kiss or kill” book, and Black Ice is the epitome of this delicate balance.

[What else should you read?...]

Jun 27 2013 2:57pm

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL JamesNo announcement as to who will play Christian and Ana yet, but we do know—just announced!—that the Fifty Shades of Grey movie will begin release worldwide on August 1, 2014.

Producers announced last week that the film's director will be Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy).

They're gonna have to start casting soon in order to make that date, right? More news as we hear it!

h/t to Miss D for the news!

Jun 19 2013 4:29pm

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. JamesWe're now one step closer to seeing Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian and Ana on the big screen—moments ago, the word came down that Sam Taylor-Johnson has been chosen to direct the filmed version of E.L. James's Fifty Shades Of Grey.

One of the producers commented:

Sam’s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life...E.L. James’ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit.

Like James and the screenwriter, Taylor-Johnson is a British woman. Do you think that perspective will affect the resulting movie?

May 13 2013 1:00pm

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL JamesLate last week, the internet lit up with another exciting rumor on the potential creative team for the film adaptation of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey—this time, it was the stunning news that British director Joe Wright has become the front runner choice for director. His name has been added to a list of film makers under consideration that apparently includes Gus Van Sant, Patty Jenkins and, oddest of all, Bennett Miller.

(ETA: Deadline now reports that Wright is out of the running, but that doesn't mean he's not the best choice—plus, schedules can change!)

Van Sant might do this movie some justice; in fact he's proven himself quite able to cover male/male sensuality in past films such as Milk, My Own Private Idaho and Mala Noche. But Wright seems like the better choice, given his sensual-overload filmmaking style and proven talent for representing a woman's emotional inner life on screen. One can only hope that if he really is on the short list, that the folks over at the film company Focus Features, and novelist/producer E.L. James (in between her script burning sessions with Kelly Marcel) will seriously consider him.

Joe Wright has a well established knack for high-end book adaptations. His most recent film was last year's Anna Karenina, a fantastical satin-lined waltz through the original Tolstoy novel that explored many forms of love and desire. It was an extremely adult-themed film, full of romance and seduction, and rated R in the USA for good measure. Previous Wright films Pride and Prejudice and Atonement also included heavy drama, romance, and intense emotions, not to mention being flush with stunning visuals and sensual production design.

[How do you make a good Fifty Shades of Grey movie?...]

May 2 2013 2:17pm

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. JamesWith Lora Leigh and Sylvia Day update, look below for more details!

Team H&H's Heather Waters (@redline_) is over in Kansas City, Missouri at the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention. The rest of the team is holding down the fort so we thought we'd share some news, gossip, and fun events from #RT13 for the rest of you who are to!:

  • E.L. James made a surprise appearance in a New Adult Panel. All would have gone smoothly and no one would have likely known she was there until a panelist started to criticize the 50 Shades series. James then stood up to defend her books before dissolving back into the woodwork. Twitter had a lot of reactions but find out more from the Kansas City local news outlet about the incident.
  • Heather listened to an Erotica panel with Sylvia Day, Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Tiffany Reisz, and Lauren Dane. The consensus: write alpha heroes, not asshole heroes, it's all about the motivation. Misguided, maybe, but alpha heroes have good intentions.
  • Tiffany Reisz's squick word is “cream.” Is it yours too?
  • Reisz feels her Dominatrix Nora is like Nancy Drew, with one tiny difference: She solves sex problems!
  • Ever wonder what it'd be like to be all tied up? Well audience members are at least getting a little look into it as different kinds of rope are being passed out at the All Tied Up panel so you have an idea of what it feels like. We can put it down to research, right? Ouch!
  • Maya Banks loves tortured or weaker heroines that grow stronger over course of book, and loves reversing tropes (like Beauty and Beast).
  • Avon Editor Erika Tsang brought Editor Trading Cards along with her Avon books!
  • All 52 Georgette Heyer books are now in print!
  • Jessica Shirvington's Embrace is in development for a show on the CW.
  • Jill Shalvis starts with a couple that is wrong for each other and then goes from there. Do you see that in her romances?
  • Are you a fan of Downton Abbey? Well fear not, more Edwardian romance is in the works! Also, be on the lookout for Elizabethan and medieval romance. What time period do you want to see in historical romance?
  • Lora Leigh hinted that some secrets will be revealed in upcoming Breeds books and don't forget to check out a Breeds story in the upcoming anthology Enthralled (available July 2, 2013). 
  • Sylvia Day allegedly confirmed that there will be FIVE books in the Crossfire series. See our full article for more detail!

We'll try to keep you up to date on the news, gossip and other fun events. What else have you heard from RT13? What authors do you want to hear about?