Bondage, spanking, blindfolding, and other adventurous forms of sexual expression? They’re no problem for E L James, author of the runaway erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. But James — a voracious reader with a collection of some 800 erotic romance novels at her home in London — admits she’s a little squeamish when it comes to The Hunger Games. “I read the first one,” she says, in an exclusive interview with EW. “It upset me, this society that murders children for sport. Murdering your children is a step too far!” She prefers the two subsequent books “when they stand up and fight back. I don’t think [The Hunger Games] is a great love story at all. It’s all about revolution.”

Still, James gives Suzanne Collins’s electrifying trilogy the highest of Jamesian praise: “It’s a ripping yarn,” she says. The Vintage Books edition of the author’s own ripping yarn, Fifty Shades of Grey, is on sale today; Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will be published on April 17.

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