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)