First Trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie is here – What do you think?

Is your Inner Goddess pleased with the first look at the Fifty Shades of Grey movie?

And the new Christian Grey is…

Fans of the acclaimed British drama The Fall will be pretty stoked with this news.

Irish actor Jamie Dornan, one of the show’s stars, is in final talks to play Christian Grey in the adaptation of E.L. James’ best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fifty Shades Greypies were thrown into chaos when the original Christian, Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam, pulled out of the production two weeks ago.

The casting of 31-year-old Dornan alongside Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia will hopefully be the final change in director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s production, slated to begin shooting mid-November.

According to female sources in the Booktopia offices, Jamie Dornan is a bit of alright. What do you think? Is the man once dubbed “the Golden Torso” by The New York Times the right man for the job?

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Meet Christian Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey Cast Announced

The wait for Fifty Shades of Greypies worldwide is over. The question that has plagued scientists, philosophers and bloggers for ten, even twelve months, has been answered.

The two lead actors for the Fifty-Shades of Grey film have been announced.

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam will be playing the titular character Christian Grey, while relative newcomer Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele.

The film, which will be released by Focus Features on August 1, 2014 in North America, is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E.L. James, the author of the #1 bestselling book on which the film is based.  The screenplay is by Kelly Marcel.

Here’s a quick fact file on the lead actors for all Shadistics out there.

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam

Age: 33

Born: Newcastle, UK

TV: Sons of Anarchy, Undeclared, Queer as Folk (UK)

Film: Pacific Rim, Cold Mountain, Children of Men

Fun Fact: Unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Dawson in Dawson’s Creek

Dakota Johnson

Age: 23

Born: Austin, US

TV: Ben and Kate, The Office

Film: The Social Network, 21 Jump Street, The Five-Year Engagement

Fun Fact: Her parents are Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith

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The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings – a guest review by bestselling author Rachael Johns

Bestselling author and voracious consumer of romance Rachael Johns gives an insider’s perspective on The Secret Lives of Emma: Beginnings by Natasha Walker

Before I start, I must admit, I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey or any of the supposed spin-offs and had absolutely no inclination to do so. I read 100 pages of Grey because I thought I should – it sold bucket loads and as an author it would have been good research to work out why – but I honestly couldn’t go any further. Erotic romance has just never been my thing.  So, I’d never had any inclination to pick up The Secret Lives of Emma series either. There were just too many other books on my TBR pile. I like a hot sex scene as much as the next person in a romance, but I’m more there for the romance than the sex. Continue reading

On ‘The Naughty Girls’ Book Club’ – a guest post by Sophie Hart

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Sophie Hart takes readers into cafes, sex shops and between the covers of erotic classics in her latest book, The Naughty Girls’ Book Club.

Firstly, many thanks to Booktopia for inviting me onto their blog. I’m here to tell you a little more about my new novel The Naughty Girl’s Book Club. Despite appearances, it’s not actually erotica – in fact, it’s probably best described as ‘chick-lit with a saucy twist’, but there’s no doubt it’s been heavily influenced by the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon which has taken the planet by storm over the past year.

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Reading: All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

On another rainy weekend we thought we’d scour through the interwebs and find some of our favourite clips of readers in action.

And don’t forget, we also have a huge collection of audiobooks in a range of formats to make life even easier.

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Because of Low by Abbi Glines – a Review by Haylee Nash

To say that I’m excited by the emergence of New Adult as a genre is a gross understatement. I’m ecstatic. And I’m not picky about the kind of New Adult, either. Because New Adult comes in many forms  – from erotic romance featuring late teens/early twenty-somethings, to angsty, edgy love stories to heartbreaking coming of age novels. For those of you who aren’t entirely sure what New Adult is, if it features people 17+ experiencing their ‘firsts’ (first love, first heartbreak, first time having sex or taking drugs etc) and features romance, then it probably sits in the New Adult genre.

So, now that you’re up to speed, let me introduce you to Continue reading

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