Author E.L. James said she hopes it's about love.
"It's a contemporary, romantic fiction, with quite a lot of sex in it," she told "20/20" co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas in her first primetime television interview. "I think it's the love story...I hope it's because of the love story."
Consider those surprising words for a woman credited with bringing S&M to the masses. In "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its two sequels, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades of Freedom," dashing billionaire Christian Grey has a dark side: a fetish for dominating women and using a variety of BDSM -- short for bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism -- toys. His young, innocent lover Ana is asked to decide whether she can become his "sub" or "submissive sexual partner."
First-time author James, a former television executive, began posting her writing -- what would become the "Fifty Shades" trilogy -- on a fan fiction website for the "Twilight" books series.
"It's all my fantasies in, in one thing," she said.
Ironically, James says that "Twilight" author Stephanie Meyer's books were her inspiration, even though Meyer's main characters spend most of the series choosing not to have sex.
"I was inspired by Stephanie Meyer. She just flipped this switch," James said.
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