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Erotic Fanfic Duo Nabs 5-Book Deal With Simon & Schuster (What Am I Doing With My Life?!)

Congratulations, writers of Beautiful Bastard, you just got a five-book deal for creating hot, steamy Twilight fanfiction. 

Seriously though, good on them.

We previously reported fanfic authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (who go by the pen name Christina Lauren) had landed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster for their work The Office. That was reworked into Beautiful Bastard, which will be released February 12, 2013, and a second book, Beautiful Stranger, will come out May 28, 2013. The premise, as written by The Hollywood Reporter:

The Office, which reimagined the Edward Cullen-Bella Swan relationship as a steamy love/hate romance between a boss and his assistant, was one of the pioneers of the Twilight fanfic genre, generating more than two million downloads, before being taken offline by the author in 2009…Beautiful Bastard tells the story of the whip-smart Chloe Mills, an intern at a company who is about to earn her MBA and embark on successful career, but finds her herself caught up in a steamy love/hate relationship with her ‘exacting, blunt inconsiderate’ boss Bennett Ryan.”

Of the new deal, THR writes, “First up will be another Beautiful Bastard spinoff centering on friends of the first novel’ main couple Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Three novellas picking up Chloe and Bennett’s story from the end of Beautiful Bastard will follow over the rest of 2013. A third full-length novel will arrive in the summer of 2014.”

Beautiful Bastard is set as a Target exclusive, no word on the follow-ups. Constantin Films is already working on a film version.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Captain ZADL

    Good on anyone who turns their hobby into something profitable. That’s gotta be a good feeling.

  • Anonymous

    I feel like I may have made the wrong career choices somewhere.

  • Amy

    I’ve read Beautiful Bastard. If I hadn’t already known it started as Twilight fan fiction I wouldn’t have guessed it was. It may have started out that way but it has been edited to the point where the characters and the story stand on their own.

  • Suzanne Larsen

    on the one hand, good for them. More female creators in the world = good.
    on the other…. Fifty Shades of Stupid Sh*t wasn’t enough?

  • Ryan Colson

    Apparently all it takes to paid is to do erotic Twilight fanfic!

  • Erin Treat

    Nothing against them, I’m happy they’re doing well. I read a lot of fanfic and I dislike how it’s made fun of by the mainstream so often. Let me tell you something, I’ve read fanfics that were way better written then the movie, book or show they were based on.
    When I see this my only thought is that I know of some great fic writers I wish could get book deals too, but apparently mainstream publishers think fanfic is only good for wanking to. Not that there’s anything wrong with smut fics. I’m a big reader of those too.

  • Matt Graham

    I’ve been told by several friends and a score of forum RPers that I write pretty hot scenes. Should I take a stab at this cash vein?

  • Anonymous

    It’s seriously worth a shot. Publishing/self-publishing is a little insane right now, but the erotica readers are known for being adventuresome and willing to try new authors.

  • Matt Graham

    I’m a writer and I feel I just have the wrong sensibilities.

  • Anonymous

    All joking aside, plenty of series have started as something vaguely resembling fanfic and then turned into their own thing. I mean, the (possibly apocryphal) tale of how Lois McMaster Bujold created the Miles Vorkosigan books is that the first one, Shards of Honor, started as a Star Trek fanfic before the serial numbers got filed off.

    So—sarcastic remarks aside—I actually don’t care too much about that aspect of things, and in that respect I’m happy for these two.

    But there’s also an element to this where I look at “a major publisher just gave these folks a five-book contract to file the serial numbers off their epic Twilight fanfic, and the movie deal has already been done” and I feel like “I know so many people who have written really good ORIGINAL stuff and can’t get a publisher! AUGH!”

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, when you get into AU fanfic, a lot of it is only tied into the original tangentially. If you take Bella and Edward out of the Twilight universe, they’re just “plain girl” and “jerk love interest”, and that’s been written a million times before. Some writers don’t have the confidence to write original stuff (or they like having readers) so they do fanfic, even when it might as well be a stand-alone story.

  • Sebastian Proaño

    This kinda gives me hope for the Nostalgia Chick’s “50 Shades of Green” project…

  • Matt Graham

    Now I need a cool pen name.

  • Matt Graham

    I do agree with you. Many of my own creations come from “I like Inception and X-Men, but I would have done it like this…” and then I develop from there. Eventually it becomes an entirely different thing, but I do know my process.

    I read the other day that 50 Shades’ publisher sold 450k copies last year, and the next highest selling book was only in the 75k range. Not sure if that’s hard copies or including digital. I can see the appeal right there, and to be fair, if it’s selling, why not?

    While I have some deep, personal stories covering themes that are important to me, I do like the idea of having 50 Shades or Twilight or Harry Potter money coming in. Not knocking those authors or the books (I like HP and Twilight, I ain’t gonna lie): they can do whatever the hell they want from now on because of what hit it big. They have the freedom. And as a creator, freedom is everything.

  • Matt Graham

    I got into Twilight because I wanted to know what I was making fun of my nurse aides for back when I was in nursing. So I read them and watched them so I could have some educated mocking. I got a little invested, I admit. When I saw Eclipse in theaters (which as a guy, during a summer matinee, is really out of place), the writer in me couldn’t fathom why Edward was the pick.

    There’s a point in the film script where they actively break down the pros and cons for Bella, and not a single checkmark makes Edward look good. But hey, we’ve all been attracted and involved with the wrong people, so I can understand Bella’s teen love-lust logic. Edward, though. He’s like that perpetual grad student/teachers aid who hangs in the freshman dorm.

    Team Jacob, man, every day.

  • Matt Graham

    I haven’t read Shades, but that was the same thing, right? As I understand it, both stories basically CTRL-F Replace’d Edward and Bella’s names for new ones, and boom, done. Content was already far out in fan fic land enough that it had no ties beyond the character names in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    Hahaha. Well, this is the girl who thinks Wuthering Heights is a good book, when clearly Charlotte is the superior Bronte sister.

    yeah, that’s all I got out of twilight

  • Isen

    So the only ones who get no money at all, are White Wolf *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    I think many fandoms have at least one fanfic out there that is considered “better than canon”. Part of it’s a matter of personal preference, of course.

  • Nick Gaston

    …I’m thinking I should get back to finishing that Daria/GI Joe crossover fanfic. Maybe it has legs, after all.

  • Andrea Alba

    That’s really awesome for them, but… I just feel like there are way more authors out there who deserve this kind of chance and only smut Twilight writers get it? And the thing already has a movie in production? Alrighty…

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    This has me tempted to try my hand at smutty Twilight fanfiction…I don’t even like Twilight…

  • Matt Graham

    I love Wuthering Heights. Book and song. And Charlotte is rad.

  • Anonymous

    *head asplode*

  • Matt Graham

    I also like chocolate AND peanut butter while reading Marvel AND DC.