The Fifty Shades trilogy is a series of erotic romance novels by E. L. James. The trilogy consists of Fifty Shades of Grey (2011),Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed (2012). The trilogy traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.
Fifty Shades of Grey, Darker and Freed, all follows the relation between trilogy main protagonists, Ana and Christian, who gets her involved with Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, Sadism and Masochism. Despite negative reviews, the trilogy achieved a cult following and financial success. James has spoken of her shock at the success of the book, "The explosion of interest has taken me completely by surprise" she said.James has described the Fifty Shades trilogy as "my midlife crisis, writ large. All my fantasies in there, and that's it." She did not start to write until January 2009 "I started writing in January 2009 after I finished the Twilight saga, and I haven't stopped since. I discovered Fan Fiction in August 2009. Since then I have written my two fics and plan on doing at least one more. After that... who knows?" In August 2013, sales of the trilogy saw James top the Forbes ' list of the highest-earning authors with earnings of $95m which included $5m for the film rights to Fifty Shades of Grey.