Move over, Christian Grey. A new sex demigod is rising in popularity among erotic fiction readers. His name is Gideon Cross. Some people would say you two are very much alike, you'd probably be good friends if you could meet.
Over forty million readers of "Fifty Shades of Grey" are either moving on or suffering from separation anxiety from their fantasy billionaire lover. Some of these fans have been saved by Gideon Cross, whose story is still unfolding in Sylvia Day's series-in-progress, "Crossfire."
Thanks to readers initially pulled in to erotic series by E.L. James, Day's "Bared to You" has sold over a million copies within three months of release. The sequel, "Reflected In You" also became a No. 1 hit at New York Times Best Sellers.
From "Bared to You," the first of Sylvia Day's Crossfire series, comes the following description. These lines are drawn from Eva Trammel's mind the first time she saw Gideon Cross:
"Inky black hair framed a breathtaking face. His bone structure would make a sculptor weep with joy, while a firmly etched mouth, a blade of a nose, and intensely blue eyes made him savagely gorgeous. Those eyes narrowed slightly, his features otherwise schooled into impassivity."
Only hardcore fans can specifically point out the difference between Christian Grey and Gideon Cross. As far as Day is concerned, the two characters are "very different." For casual readers, they are both under-30, both sex demigods, and both billionaires. This brings to mind the question --
Who Will Play Christian Grey?
In case the Crossfire series gets sold to a movie outfit, it is logical to have two actors to play the roles of Christian Grey and Gideon Cross. Obviously at this point, Grey will be cast first.
In an Examiner report, James said there are more to looks than what should be considered in casting Grey:
"I think emotional intelligence, a sense of humor [are important for Christian] ... those kind of things. I feel like we haven't gotten that far yet in the process, though."
There are no reports yet of Crossfire rights purchase. Still, fans are naming the same Christian-Grey-potentials for the role of Gideon Cross. Common choices include Matt Bomer, Ian Somerhalder and Henry Cavill. Some Pinterest users are naming Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch and British model David James Gandy for Gideon Cross. See photos and memes in the accompanying slideshow. (Click media to start.)