The 'Fifty Shades' effect: Another 'Twilight' fan fic-based novel is on its way
This one is called 'Beautiful Bastard'
While the runaway success of E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" has already spawned scads of imitators, the smutty series that got its start as "Twilight" fan fiction wasn't exactly the first of its kind.
Before James was churning out her vision of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan as S&M aficionados, Christina Hobbs was doing something similar - writing a steamy fan fic called "The Office" that also took its character cues from Stephenie Meyer's series. And, like James, Hobbs shared her work online, which helped turn it into a massive hit amongst fans of this particular genre. But, "overwhelmed" by the success of her story, Hobbs eventually took her story off the web.
The book's official synopsis (provided here by GoodReads) tells us:
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.
Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.
Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.
As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.
So, it's "The Office" meets "Fifty Shades of Grey," thanks to "Twilight"? Well, okay.
The Hollywood Reporter (via Jezebel) has an exclusive sneak peek at a section of the book but, be warned, it's not even remotely safe for work and it's decidedly X-rated. It's also, frankly, a bit worrisome if you're concerned about things like workplace appropriateness, relationships influenced by uneven power structures, and the question of consent. (Fine, it's really worrisome.)
"Beautiful Bastard" is set to hit shelves on February 12. Its sequel, "Beautiful Stranger" will also arrive later this year.
SAY NO TO THE LEFT WING LIBERAL SMUT AGENDA THE LEFT AND DEMOCRATS AND HOLLYWEIRD AND LIBERAL SCHOOLS
ARE PUSHING AND BRAINWASHING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AND THEY DON'T REALIZE HOW BAD IT IS TIL IT'S TOO LATE!
THEY DON'T REALIZE THE BIGGER NANNY STATE GOVT THE LESS FREEDOM YOU HAVE!
This “New genre” is simply a Knock off of the Twilight series with some S&M mixed in. I was not impressed with Fifty Shades of Grey. I personally could not stomach the simpering weak minded Heroine. The sex depicted in Fifty Shades was not that hot either, I have read better. My favorite Author is Kresley Cole; her Female characters are Strong, Smart, Funny and Independent. The Males are HOT and Irresistible!! Kresley Cole writes Wonderfully Wicked Romances of the Paranormal variety. Her stories are wicked, sexy and sinful. If you don’t want to read another Twilight Knockoff or suffer through a simpering story line, I suggest reading one of Kresley Cole’s novels. My favorites are: “Wicked Deeds On A Winters Night” and “No Rest For The Wicked”