Twilight Fan Fiction is Slowly Becoming a Legitimate Genre of Literature
When E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey first hit tablets and shelves in 2011, it immediately generated a ton of controversy. Some readers were offended by its erotic content and depiction of BDSM. Some felt that the story was unrealistic and poorly written. Others took issue with its origin as Twilight fan fiction.
Despite (or perhaps in part, because of) these controversies, Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels went on to sell 31 million copies worldwide, surpassing the Harry Potter series as the fastest-selling paperback of all time and making E.L. James very, very rich.
Now, another author is entering the scene with a piece of adapted Twilight fan fiction. Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture, which had their beginnings on the Internet as Twilight fan fiction, have just been picked up by Penguin and are set to be released in the next few months. According to reports, the unknown author scored a sweet seven-figure deal for the novels.
Here is a summary of the books’ premise:
“Enigmatic and attractive, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a man tortured by his past. Though he takes great pride in his prestigious role as a Dante specialist, he knows he is a magnet for sin, especially lust.
“When the virtuous Julia Mitchell joins his graduate seminar at the University of Toronto, she alters their lives irrevocably. Through their connection, Gabriel begins a journey that forces him to unravel the mysteries of their past entanglement, as well as face his many demons.
“A sinful exploration of sex, love, and redemption, “Gabriel’s Inferno” is a beguiling intelligent romance filled with intrigue, seduction and forgiveness.
“Told through witty, dark humor, the narrator relates a captivating tale of Gabriel’s odyssey through the Inferno.”
Sound familiar? Looks like on the heels of Fifty Shades’ success, Twilight fan fiction has become a real, marketable genre of literature. How do you feel about this?