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Another Naughty XXX Twilight Fan-Fic Scores Huge Publishing Deal

As many are aware, the HUGELY successful erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James originally started off as Twilight fan fiction. Yup, the author wrote her own naughtier version of Twilight, then later changed a few names and key plotlines and had the novel published as something “new.” Now it’s a worldwide phenomenon and women everywhere are starved for more hardcore erotica. Which is what brings you a new set of naughty books by Sylvain Reynard.

Sylvain Reynard has signed a seven figure deal with major publishing company Penguin to print his Twilight fan fiction! That’s right, more erotic Twilight fan fiction is being backed by a big publisher. Just like E.L. James did with her novels, some editing also had to be made in this book series. Reynard had to change some names and switch the title from The University of Edward Masen to Gabriel’s Inferno and that’s that. The hardcore Twilight fan-fic has been transformed into copyright infringement-free romance novel. Reynard’s books have been out for a year now, but they were just recently picked up by the big time publisher for that hefty sum above.

Gabriel’s Inferno description:

“Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide. An intriguing and sinful exploration of seduction, forbidden love and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a captivating and wildly passionate tale of one man’s escape from his own personal hell as he tries to earn the impossible…forgiveness and love.”

So, I have zero issues with erotica, I have read a LOT of it over the years. But the fact that this book, like Fifty Shades of Grey, was originally Twilight fan fiction, bothers me. Nothing is wholly creative and unique anymore, but taking another’s story and warping it to fit your ideas is low. It’s not real writing to me. It’s like someone taking tracing paper to a famous picture, tracing and coloring it their own way, and then claiming it as their own work of art. That’s garbage. In my opinion, that’s what Sylvain Reynard and E.L. James are doing.

But hey, this guy is making seven figures and the Twilight fans have more erotic based on their favorite books.

What do you think about the Twilight fan fiction novels getting published?

– Moonlight

By Moonlight

Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).

13 replies on “Another Naughty XXX Twilight Fan-Fic Scores Huge Publishing Deal”

I’m wondering though what you’d say about those that take the themes in say, Pride & Prejudice and rework them? i.e. Prada & Prejudice or others that rewrite Fairy Tales? They actually lifting the plot and redoing it with characters.

These authors have used their own plots and just borrowed names, nothing else.

I can’t speak for Fifty Shades because I didn’t read either iteration but I did read these and there is zero Twilight canon in them.

I love fan fiction and mash-ups (such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), but I don’t like blatant cash-ins and fad chasing.

I’m not upset with E.L. James and Sylvain Reynard. I’m miffed that publishers are forking over money for thinly disguised derivatives of existing work, while excellent original novels are sitting in their desk piles collecting dust.

As an author of original writing, it does miff me a little that something so blatantly stolen can be sold for such large sums of money, while my original work barely gets noticed in the publishing world. It also miffs me that 50 Shades of Grey is such poorly written ‘stolen’ work. If it was blindingly wonderful, I could understand the sums she has been paid but it’s not well written at all. It’s repetitive, overly descriptive and lazy writing that has capitalised on a winning formula. Even as erotica goes, 50 Shades is yawn-worthy at best. I can and have written better sex scenes.

Unfortunately, saying as much makes me sound like a writer with sour grapes, and I suppose in some small way, I am. Personally, I’d love someone to pay me millions for my writing. Maybe I’m just going about it the wrong way. Maybe I shouldn’t waste my time thinking up new plots and characters. Maybe the key to financial success is to rip off what is already popular and cash in on it. Instead of heading back to the drawing board I need to head to the bookshelf and mash up some of my favourite works of fiction.

I’ll take the 7 figure payout LOL I guess I made a mistake when I actually told the truth about my Tears of Crimson series not being based off of True Blood! Ironic considering that Cara the lead in my books was actually a roleplay characters that I created for Twitter to play with Eric Northman hahahah. BUT it was not based on True Blood and alas my Rafe wasn’t Eric although I have had readers compare Gabriel to him.

Personally I read 50 and didn’t see anything of Twilight in it, and since I’ve read all the books dozens of times I’m going to assume I’m not that blind? According to my kids I am, but that’s a different argument for a different day! Loved the books!

http://www.tearsofcrimson.com

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