Pretty Shady: Fifty Shades of Grey’s Fanfictional Origins Getting Shoved Down the Memory Hole

05/31/2012 11:55 AM |


Fifty Shades of Grey, the mommy-porning Newsweek-covering, Kindle-inhabiting bestseller that’s got all us ladies making panty slaw these days is trying to cover up its somehow-even-more-embarrassing-than-Fifty-Shades-of-Grey Twilight fanfic roots.

I guess the submissives over at the Wayback Machine have fallen under the spell of Christian Grey’s smoldering eyes and multiple grey ties (Isn’t that what the book is about? I don’t know, I don’t have a Kindle) and disappeared the evidence of Snowqueens Icedragon’s—aka EL James’s—early work on as dug up by Galleycat a while back.

Galleycat had previously visited the site to look at the history of James’ website, where she began posting writing in earnest after a beginning on It found lots there to demonstrate that James’ early writings were meant to be a continuation, or detour, of the characters in Twilight, including images of actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. That was in James’ online serial “Masters of the Universe,” which begat “50 Shades of Grey.” Now only Galleycat’s screenshots of the site remain online — the Internet Archive no longer has them.

“The Internet Archive honors requests from domain and site owners to exclude pages from the Wayback Machine at their request,” the site told Galleycat.
[LA Times Book Blog]

Bad Wayback Machine! You shall be punished for this, oh yes. Go fetch my riding crop, you naughty girl. Oh, and confidential to the woman I saw reading it today on the train with the middle school-style brown paper bag book cover? Girl, please.