The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey

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News Media Commentary
Title: The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
Commentator: Jason Boog
Date(s): 27 March 2012
Fandom: Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey
External Links: The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey; archive link
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The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey takes a closer look at Master of the Universe, the Twilight BDSM AU that was later pulled to publish as Fifty Shades of Grey.

The article includes screencaps of story banners and the website, a link to a fic trailer and more interesting information about the the Twilight fanfic that started it all.


This erotica bestseller began as a work of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe, earning a massive fan fiction following years before the book deal. Most traces of this fan fiction history have been removed from the Internet. Using the Wayback Machine, we were able to take snapshots from James’ old work–getting a peek into the book’s previous incarnation as an X-rated version of the Twilight story.

James’ agent told Deadline Hollywood: “This did start as Twilight fan fiction, inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s wonderful series of books. Originally it was written as fan fiction, then Erika decided to take it down after there were some comments about the racy nature of the material. She took it down and thought, I’d always wanted to write. I’ve got a couple unpublished novels here. I will rewrite this thing, and create these iconic characters, Christian and Anna.”

James career began on, but she moved the work to her personal website, Now the site automatically redirects to her author page for straight erotica, but we found old snapshots of this work with the Wayback Machine.