In "Fifty Shades Darker," Anastasia Steele leaves Christian Grey and begins working for editor Jack Hyde. Christian and Ana reconnect, and Ana meets Elena Lincoln, Christian's friend. Christian ends his friendship with Elena and proposes to Ana after one of his past love interests stalks Ana.
Even though it is classified as a romance, "Fifty Shades Darker" is described as more of a thriller than its predecessor, "Fifty Shades of Grey." It is followed by the novel "Fifty Shades Freed." All three volumes are written by E. L. James and published by Vintage Books. Upon its release, "Fifty Shades Darker" took the no. 1 spot on the USA Today bestseller list. The Guardian has stated that it is no. 11 on the list of top bestselling books of all time.
There is a film adaptation of "Fifty Shades Darker" in development at Universal Pictures. Both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are reprising their roles from the first film, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively. The director of the film has still not been chosen as of 2015. The release date of the film is scheduled to for February 2016, and it is to be followed with a film adaptation of the third novel in the series, "Fifty Shades Freed."