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Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic

Posted By Chris Meadows On November 8, 2012 @ 8:04 pm In Chris Meadows,ebook,publishing,Simon & Schuster | 2 Comments

Ever since reworked Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstore shelves and immediately burned a path up the charts, many publishers have been giving more serious consideration to fanfic [1]. Might it make a decent source of publishable stories [2], a sort of Internet slushpile they could mine for nuggets at their leisure?

But it seems that history shows yet again that you can always count on someone to learn the wrong lesson: If one Twilight fanfic is able to strike it big, why not try again with another one? A Simon & Schuster imprint has just made a “substantial” book deal [3] for another repurposed Twilight fanfic—a story called The Office that turned Edward and Bella into a boss and his assistant. Taken offline in 2009, it will be republished under the title Beautiful Bastard [4] in February 2013. (Found via GalleyCat [5].)

According to the Hollywood Reporter story, The Office actually came out before (and arguably “paved the way for”) Fifty Shades’s own fanfic incarnation, Master of the Universe. It took off so fast in the fannish community that its authors were overwhelmed by its sudden popularity and took it offline in 2009, but were inspired to revisit it after the sudden success of Fifty Shades. They have reportedly rewritten and revised it extensively for traditional publishing.

Of course, filing serial numbers off and republishing Twilight fanfic for money isn’t exactly a new practice. Indeed, it’s so widespread that it seems to make up its own fannish self-publishing subgenre [6], complete with fannish abbreviation “P2P” (for “pulled to publish”). And for all I know, Beautiful Bastard might very well have that same spark, that je ne sais quois that made Fifty Shades (and, for that matter, the original Twilight itself) such a big hit. But it amuses me that the faddish nature of publishing is explicated so transparently in this move. How many other Twilight fanfics are the Big Six publishers going to regurgitate before the horse is hamburger?

And what does it say about the characters in Twilight that they so readily lend themselves to having their serial numbers filed off and remolded into stories in other people’s novels?


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#1 Comment By Marilynn Byerly On November 9, 2012 @ 10:41 am

Authors of fanfic bring their own marketing reader pool and word of mouth with them which immediately gives them a very good chance at selling lots of books. That, more than subject matter or the quality of the writing, give them a very good shot at being bestsellers.

#2 Comment By -Andy- On November 9, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

Not sure why anyone would pay for repackaged fan fiction when there is tons of the stuff, some of it even good, for free out on the internet.

And if the latest non-canon adventures of your favorite fandom characters doesn’t do it for you… there are even more free books out there than you could read in a lifetime.


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URLs in this post:

[1] giving more serious consideration to fanfic: http://www.teleread.com/copy-right/fifty-shades-prompts-new-interest-in-fan-fiction/

[2] a decent source of publishable stories: http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/might-fifty-shades-start-a-fanfic-publishing-bandwagon/

[3] a “substantial” book deal: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/twilight-fanfiction-hit-office-gets-387539

[4] Beautiful Bastard: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Beautiful-Bastard/Christina-Lauren/9781476730097

[5] via GalleyCat: http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/twilight-fan-fiction-lands-substantial-book-deal_b60479

[6] seems to make up its own fannish self-publishing subgenre: http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/twilight-fanfic-pulling-to-publish-and-the-fandom-gift-economy/

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