E.L. James Speaks to the Not-So-Obvious Connection Between Fifty Shades and Her New Book

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Fifty Shades of Grey fans have much to be excited about with E.L. James's new steamy book, The Mister. While the passionate romance novel bears no resemblance to the five-book and three-film Fifth Shades franchise, eagle-eyed fans noticed a subtle connection between the novels, and it's all in a name. According to Entertainment Weekly, the protagonist, Maxim Trevelyan, has the same last name as Christian Grey's adopted mother's maiden name. Sneaky, sneaky!

"There is a story behind it but it's not one I want to talk about right now," James told the publication. "I might talk about it later. But - there's a connection, I don't know what it is yet."

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The Mister follows the story of Maxim Trevelyan, an aristocratic Englishman who unexpectedly inherits an Earl title and the duties that come with it.
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