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More 'Twilight' fanfiction getting published

Will movie deals be far behind?

By Corwin Neuse Nov 8, 2012 11:47AM
At this rate, authors of "Twilight" fanfic landing publishing deals is starting to feel as commonplace as tabloid-famous "celebutantes" landing reality TV shows. We can only hope the miny-trend wears out its welcome as quickly as Paris Hilton. Or the "real" housewives of Beverly Hills. Or the Kardashians. Or... You get the idea.

What are we on about? According to The Hollywood Reporter, like E. L. James, creator of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings—the authors of the epic "Twilight" fanfic "The Office," if there can be such a thing—have landed a publishing deal.

The pair's "Office" story—written and published online in 2009, before "Fifty Shades of Grey" was a thing—thoughtfully appropriated the Bella Swan and Edward Cullen characters and thrust them into the unexpected, explicitly sexy world of, um, a corporate office environment. "The Office" will, of course, now be rewritten using more imaginative/less plagiaristic character names, and published in 2013 as "Beautiful Bastard." How, exactly, does "The Office" differ from "Fifty Shades of Grey?" Do all these deals send the dangerous message to today's youth that creativity and imagination are to be shunned, and that plagiarism is cool and should be rewarded? And, more importantly, can a movie deal be far behind? What do you think, Hitlisters? As always, let us know in the comments, or tell us on MSN Movies Facebook and MSN Movies Twitter.
Nov 8, 2012 10:07PM
Did anyone ever see Maggie Gyllenhaal's  early film called "Secretary?"  It was made many years before "Shades of Gray" books were published.  Maggie, as secretary, had a sadomasochism relationship with her boss played my James Spader.  Guess what his name was in the film? Yep, Mr. Gray.  Plagiarism or coincidence?  Just asking. 
Nov 8, 2012 7:34PM

Gonna try this opinion of this article is a bit biased since I am a fanfic writer myself.  I think it's good that fanfic writers are getting publishing deals, when the story they write is actually good. 


There is a kind of "preconceived notion" that fanfiction and fanfic writers aren't as credible as professional writers.  I've read some fanfiction that is better than most professional/original stories (and vice versa, ofcourse).  So I think that the origin of the story (that it is fanfiction) should not matter, as long as the fanfiction is altered/written into an original story. 


I say this because, as a fanfic writer, I hope to one day write my own original story that I will submit to a publisher.  But for now, I use the fanfiction to hone my skills and to provide entertainment to others.  If one of my fanfics were picked out and I was offered a chance to publish, I would take it.  If the owners of the original property want me to change the story for legal reasons then I would be more than willing to change it. 


One possitive thing about fanfiction is that your frame work is already there.  The subject exists, you just have to add your own spin to it.  As opposed to spending weeks/months/years laying out the story and characters.  Process wise, its no different than a brand new writer coming in to Marvel and taking over a story line of one of their comics.  The difference being, Marvel is paying the guy they brought in and the fans writing their own stories aren't getting paid.


There is no doubt that there is a lot of bad fanfiction floating around the web.  However, there are some good and even some great ones.  Its one of those little treats that we indulge for ourselves, reading stories about our favorite characters from other fans "like me".  I like to think that we can all agree that there are some fanfiction writers out there who have the skills to be published authors, either they never tried or the opportunity never came.  However, I think some of the flak that pops up when some of these fanfic writers get published is unwarranted.  Obviously, someone thought they had the right skills to become published authors, regardless of where their story came from.

Nov 8, 2012 10:10PM

Corwin dear,


As one who has made his opinion known, that anything Twilight or related is utter garbage, I really think you've got to recuse yourself from writing anything more about the subject simply because your objectivity (not to mention your professionalism) has been shot. I know it pains you, but this story told in books, films and yes, fan-fiction has marched across nations and cultures to the tune of billions of dollars and has made Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart the two most written about movie stars in the world. Love or loath it, Twilight has made it's impact and why can't the people who love it be allowed to love it without the constant mockery and ridicule? And why won't the media acknowledge that this thing has gone way beyond teenage girls? This is females, from 5 to 105 and yes, some of the male persuasion too. Is it because it's easier to dismiss it if it's just a bunch of screaming teenagers? Let people enjoy what they want and just let it go. Puhleeze. 

Nov 9, 2012 4:01AM

Not sure how old everyone is who commenting....but you do realize that these books were made for teens so maybe thats why so many of you are refering to them as trash?? And i loved 50 Shades, what happened to reading for the fun of it??

Nov 8, 2012 9:19PM
What in the hell is a "miny-trend?" Don't you mean "mini-trend?" Don't you so-called reporters have editors -- or God forbid! -- spell check? 

And any fan fiction based on the god-awful "Twilight" books can only make the whole "miny-trend" of fan fiction more shallow and debased than it already is. 
Nov 8, 2012 9:35PM
I don't know where the idea that fanfiction being published is a new thing came from, it's been around a lot longer than even the internet- check out PBS' idea channel video  on the subject. So congrats to these ladies (even if I don't like the Twilight books)  as a Fanfic reader and writer I think it's great.
Nov 9, 2012 2:48AM
Oh my god. Twilight and everything related to Twilight needs to DIE! Can this trend be over please. I'm normally a big fan of fan-fic but if you're going to do it at least do it on a book that's good. I'm a huge book worm and when I read Twilight I felt like I had lost 10 or more IQ points. I would rant some more about how I dislike those books but I'm pretty sure I would get hit by rotten tomatoes or something. Can we please bring back well written, good books??!!
Nov 9, 2012 10:25AM

As an original author, the fact that writers think it's ok to rip off someone else's characters is crazy and infuriating. Why is it bad to spend weeks on characterization? That's what writers who want their own work have been doing forever. Why would you want to use someone else's character that isn't even all that great in the first place? She's a whiny spoiled brat. Why continue THAT trend?


If you truly want to be a writer with integrity and not out just to make a quick buck or get your 15 minutes, you take the time to characterize. No TRUE author worth his/her salt would tell you otherwise. Writing a story using someone else's characters doesn't make you a writer.


I work with writers and some are trying to go original with their fanfic stories. I have to say that most that I read is pure crap. It is true, there are crappy works of original fiction too. But I can't stand to hear a fanfic writer tell me that they got X amount of great reviews in the fandom. To an original author/publisher, that means nothing.


There's a reason why authors like Nora Roberts, JR Ward, etc don't let people fanfic their stories.


Think about it. Or don't, just plagarize instead. LAZY!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 9, 2012 9:41AM
I read some of MoTU (50 Shades) when it was online, and couldn't finish it. I even commented to the author that I couldn't continue reading her story for several reasons...the main complaint -  I couldn't relate to and started to really dislike her female lead in all aspects. I haven't read 50 Shades - not only did her characters drive me crazy, but I found her writing and dialogue pretty mind numbing.

The Office fanfic, on the other hand, was BRILLIANT and I talked it up to several people that read the 50 Shades books. It's sexy, it's angtsy, it's romantic & compelling and If you want wonderful writing and an excellent example of amazing Twilight fanfic, then this is the book you should be looking forward to. I'm so excited for the authors and can't wait to read Beautiful Bastard!

Nov 8, 2012 9:20PM
Probably not going to be that good, all I can say is Twilight is pathetic and 50 Shades is also pathetic. I mean anyone that likes it are just a bunch of sheep. You want real hard core BDSM read Darker Passions, not wishy washy houswife porn. If none of you like it oh well. This is America and I can say what I want and be proud of it
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