Another Twilight Fanfiction Scores Publishing Deal

According to Hypable another Twilight fanfiction has been optioned by a major publishing house. this time around it’s a seven-figure deal:

Clearly taking the huge success of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey into consideration, Penguin Books’ Berkley imprint has signed a big deal with an unknown author of two Twilight fan-fictions.

Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture are presently available in eBook format after initially debuting on fan fiction sites. Paperback editions are due out in the next few months with an initial run of 500,000 copies.

The Gabriel novels started under the title The University of Edward Masen. The book’s author, Sylvain Reynard, is only a pen name and no other information about him/her has been unveiled.

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  1. This is getting out of hand.

  2. theladykt says:

    This is a MUCH more well written story and plot than 50 shades.

    • I agree with you but I think that ANYTHING is better written than 50 shades.JS.

    • Aside from all the hoopla the original “Master of the Universe” a.k.a. “Fifty Shades of Grey” or the other way around and now this “Gabriel…” a.k.a. “The University of Edward Masen” and all the varied opinions on the subject these novels/ ex fics might stir, they were very famous fics in their moment and any Twi-fic reader will know them, they’re classics in the fandom and that does have its value.

  3. Good for him! I’ve read the fanfic story and it has good writing coupled with a well thought out plot. I think it’s nice
    that the Twilight fanfic community is churning out brilliant writers.

    • This and Emancipation Proclamation are 2 of my most favorite ff and Master (50 shades)

      • Wasn’t “E.P.” an ‘Human AU’ with a very colorful vocabulary, where 50% of the things spoken were ‘F***” and ‘S*** and more?

  4. The cover even looks like Pattison on the Cosmopolis poster!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmopolis_(film)

  5. 50 shades of grey is a disgrace to women everywhere. People admit that the Twilight books are fun but badly written it yet 50 shades of grey manages to top that.

    When we will women become obsessed with quality books like lord of the rings and try to make a good fiction out of it?

    When will we woman have a female that published a fiction based on JRR Tolkien books?

    When will we women become obsessed with books that has substance?

    We woman bash Stephen King for saying twilight is baldy written and yet we keep promoting books like 50 shaades of grey …a book more poorly written than Twilight series.

    • There is LoR and Hobbit fan fiction. I think that there are a lot of people obsessed with H & LoR story, not as noticeable as ST, SW, TWS, TVD, TB, etc fans, but still there. As to why not more fan fiction or published books based on those stories there are two reason possible. 1) those stories are clearly fantasy. 2) Tolkien and others with big epic stories write in such detail for story and background that there is not as much room for making your own stories.

      TWS takes place in our time and place. One of attractive features for me is that I’ve been to both areas. I am somewhat familiar with the area. The story is based in our real world. It almost feels like the TWS could be real. One can really get lost in the TWS world, the fantasy is not so obvious as with LoR.

      SM writes in broad strokes. There is a lot left out for fan fiction to fill in gaps and background. Again one can more easily get lost into the story and fill in the gaps.

      For me the trials and tribulations that the TWS characters go through are easier to relate to than LoR. For me there is still a lot of depth to the original TWS and some better fan fiction – things that make me think and ponder about my choices.

      Is TWS the best written book out there? No. Does that decrease my enjoyment of the books? No. Not everything one reads has to be Tolkien quality. Is 50 Shades the worse thing published? possibly. Popularity does not always indicate quality and that is not a bad thing. We are humans and have a wide variety of tastes – timing can change what we want/need/like/dislike.

      I do wonder with this second set of books, if SM will now have to do something to stop posted fan fiction from being published for profit.

    • From what I’ve heard about 50 Shades and read in reviews, I’d Iike to agree with your assessment of the book, but I feel that would be a premature (if only ever so slightly) judgement on a book that was derived from a fandom I dearly love.

      However, I do feel it’s unfair to state that women in general don’t love “books that ha[ve] substance” just because the popularity of the Twilight series is largely attributed to it being a favorite among women. Please recognize that being a fan of Twilight isn’t all-exclusive, as it is quite possible to be a diehard fan of many different series, shows, movies, books, etc. all with varying levels of “substance.” And just because Twilight is labeled a YA love story, doesn’t mean it can’t have some thought-provoking messages, or at least questions. What would you do with forever? If you chose to be married and pregnant at 18, is it still feminism because you chose it? Where do the grey areas end in the realm of right and wrong? Can a soul be defined by your actions or thoughts and intentions? Also, it’s a fallible case of syllogism to say that A)Lord of the Rings fiction, which is good, is not being publicized, B)Twilight series fiction, which is bad, is being publicized, therefore C) No quality fiction is being created. There is plenty of amazing fiction out there, but, for better or worse, the media usually only takes notes of stories scaling some side of controversy. I am not an expert on well-written prose, so it is difficult for me to accurately respond to your/King’s comments about the finesse with which Stephenie Meyer wrote the series, but what I do know is that these books have inspired me in so many ways, expanded my mind, created a community and friendships that I will forever be grateful for, and if they’ve done so for me, then it must undoubtedly be the case for others as well, which I feel is more important than a correct use of a dangling participle or an appropriate number adjectives.

      So, while I can certainly understand your dismay at the seeming lack of inquisitive, original, profound thought in pop culture today, please don’t write of every Twilight fan of immediately being a perpetrator of this.

      • THANK YOU.

        I read 50 Shades, and I liked them because they were a nice escape for a couple of hours. It was FUN to see where the plot went next. I write FanFictions myself (Volturi-centered), so I know what “literary substance” is. But sometimes…I like less perfection, and more fun. Thus the reason I like Twilight. So it’s not literary gold; so what? I liked going somewhere else for a few days. It’s why I write. Now, I’m not claiming to be a talented FF writer, but I do enjoy it. (20 plus online published works, so obviously) Thank you for voicing a fair opinion. I consider myself to be intelligent and of substance, and to be written off because I enjoyed reading 50 Shades and Twilight is incredibly insulting. Why do we get attacked? Because we’re willing to try something new?

        • I totally agree, Bridget! I read for fun and escapism. If I wanted to read something more ‘substantial’, I’d go back to school. Some of the books they made us read in school were considered classics but oh, so terrible!! I remember reading ‘the Iliad’ in school. I can rip through a novel in a day, or two, but ‘the Iliad’? Lord! I had to force myself through it. Ugh!! Boring!!! We all have different opinions and tastes for a reason. If we all liked/read the same things, what a boring world it would be.

          I’m a writer, as well, and it’s not an easy job. You constantly question yourself and you’re always thinking that what you’ve written is crap. If you’re lucky enough to write something that someone likes, I say, more power to you!! In my opinion, the more published writers the better!! I applaud anyone’s success, whether it be fanfic, or not. Plus, it gives us more reading material to choose from… like there’s not enough to books on my ‘To Be Read’ list already. LOL!!

        • Thank you Bridget. Wonderfully said.
          All I really want is a good story to escape to also. I’ll read just about anything I can get my hands on.
          Fanfic, Teen, Adult, whatever – its all about the adventure.

          It boggles my mind why people spend so much time hating something.
          I’m not a huge Glee fan, but I don’t hunt down Glee stories in the media and leave nasty comments.
          I cannot comprehend the reason for it. Why not find something you love and spread some joy?

          “-Comedian Auggie Smith-

          “I don’t like Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I don’t like what goes on at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. So guess what? I don’t go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. If you like Bed, Bath, and Beyond, that is fine and I’m comfortable with that. I’m not going to start petition the government to keep Bed, Bath, and Beyonds more than 500 feet from schools.””

          Cheers to the writers out there!
          Thank you for sharing your adventures!

    • smitten_by_twilight says:

      Do you not read anything published after 1965? Did you miss Anne McCaffrey’s socially complex Pern stories and Anne Rice’s lyrical philosophizing? How about Amy Tan’s stories of women through the mundane and the epic? Did you think JK Rowling was a man? Sheesh. LotR was a wonderful story but not the be-all and end-all of literature.

    • It’s a bit of a generalisation to say that women are never obsessed with ‘quality books’ like Lord of the Rings. For a start, I know some women who are obsessed with Lord of the Rings. Secondly, writing, like all creative mediums, is very subjective.
      Certainly, we can say someone who knows grammar, punctuation and sentence structure can write more effectively than someone who doesn’t. And we can say that someone who understands plot structures and how to detail a character well can write even better. But a writer can be able to do all these things and still not possess what will really endear them to a reader: soul. Soul and an ability to touch them in a way that well contructed sentences and carefully nuanced plots cannot.
      It’s the same as saying that the only good singers are the ones who hit their notes exactly and sing correctly from a technical point of view. Perhaps they are better singers than the ones who don’t, but others can make an emotional connection that makes the listener feel what the singer wants them to feel, and I think that’s worth more than all the technical brilliance in the world.
      I am a writer, and I try to tick all the technical boxes. But I hope, more than anything, when my first novel is published next year, that I can reach people’s souls, and that they will care about the characters in my story as much as they care about Bella and Edward. That would be what I consider success.

      • Thank you for rationalizing in words what I’ve always felt about Twilight and related projects but have never been able to fully explain to myself :) What you say about a book’s soul is spot on. It really is one of the things I love most about the original books–their ability to just make me FEEL.

      • *LotR fanatic*

      • Congrats on having your book published next year!! You’ll have to let us know when it comes out.

    • In my opinion, there are a lot of quality books with substance out there. In fact, the Harry Potter books are a terrific example, as are any books written by Jane Austin. Both of these examples are also fodder for Fanfiction. There are a few published Fanfics from Pride and Prejudice that I know of. I’m not sure about Harry Potter but I’m sure there’s got to be at least one. The quality of the read is in the eye of the reader so, whether you think a book is written well, or not, someone else is probably loving it. Sometimes we don’t care about the quality, only the story. Stephen King is entitled to his opinion, just like the rest of us. There are a lot of people out there that probably think his writing is crap, too. I’ve enjoyed many of his books and I’m thinking he just wishes he’d come up with the Twilight idea first. I wonder if his Edward would’ve been as hot? :)

    • If you are into Tolkien, you must have been sleeping under a ROCK if you are unaware of Henneth Anun, or Stories of Arda (vast majority there are female authors) just to name 2 MAJOR Tolkien fanfic archives that have each been around for over a decade! Perhaps you might want to check out the Mithril Awards the annual Tolkien fanfic awards again around for over a decade with SIGNIFICANT female winners. Personally, as a Eowyn/Faramir fan I loved the fics by Regina and Ashwinder. Also news flash, COMMON KNOWLEDGE within the Tolkien community is that author Cassandra Clare started out as a fanfic author and one of her first pieces was called The Very Secret Diaries and it was a LoTR parody fic of Aragorn’s travels

      SO…your point was what exactly?

    • I’m pretty sure if Stephenie Meyer was to rewrite Twilight it would be better written she’s even said that herself. But at least Twilight has a story and great characters to go with it. And BADLY WRITTEN ? Why is it that something that’s so badly written making people feel a certain way ? Yes 50 shades of grey has that effect but it’s nothing like Twilight.

    • Disagree. I don’t think Twilight is that bad and I do think Twilight could of been better but just that book makes people go into another world then any classic would. Stephenie has grown as a writer let’s not judge too harshly.

    • I have to agree. I was disgusted to read last night,, that 50 Shades beat out Harry Potter as the most purchased book ever.
      I can tell you that I’ve never read, nor do I intend to read such a book. I find the subject derogatory to women.
      Twilight was not LOTR or the Illiad, but it was a fun, turn off your brain and enjoy the ride, type of book. Every book you enjoy doesn’t have to be well written, but does have to attract the reader.
      Hunger games was a wonderful example for a strong female lead, who didn’t hate men, but did what she had to do to help her family survive, without losing her humanity.
      I read the University of Edward Mason, and found it a good read, however, too angsty for my taste. I almost felt to much of the story end was contrived, and I wanted to take a 2×4 to Edward, and knock some common sense into him. I spent the last 3/4 of the story yelling at my screen, saying, “THAT MAKES NO SENSE!” The characters, despite beig very well educated, and supposedly intelligent, made very ridiculous choices. It’s very hard to explain without giving too much away. I wouldn’t recommend the book. No. Would I pay to read it again? No. Do I regret reading it? No.

  6. Read a number of comments about TUoEM and went looking for it. Now I know why couldn’t find it on fan fic sites. Why can’t these authors come up with own original stories? Blondieaknrobin was inspired by TWS; wrote some excellent fan fiction and then wrote an original story that has been published. That seems the more ethical way to go, if harder.

  7. I don’t understand how this can be legal. Just because they might change names the idea still came from Twilight and Stephenie Meyer. I haven’t read 50 Shades, and I never will nor will I read this one. It’s disgusting that author of 50 is becoming a millionaire off of SM’s ideas.

    • Christina says:

      Exactly! It just isn’t right–E.L. James better be giving S.M. one hell of a kickback. If Twi fan fic is the way to fortune and prosperity why don’t we all do it? These fan fics should not be allowed to be published without an introduction stating that this book came about because of the ideas of S.M., that 1/5th (or whatever) of the proceeds go to S.M. or S.M.’s fav charity, etc. It isn’t right. I agree with you 100%.

  8. smitten_by_twilight says:

    Beginning to think I prefer my ff straight up rather than blended for a mass audience. Plus the ethics sit better with me.

  9. I’ve never read this fanfiction. But I’be seen it under a lot of favorite lists. I’m glad that these authors have a chance. And honestly some of the fanfiction I’ve read could be published. The authors change Edward and Bella so much sometimes that it’s hard to tell that it’s them. I mean seriously, can any one of us see Edward as a playboy?
    50 Shades of Grey (Master of the Universe), I’ve never read that either. I don’t plan on reading it either. There is so much better fanfiction out there that could’ve been published. Like “This is Not My Life” by IsaKasses or something more lighthearted like “Bella Swan: Kidnapper” by KambiaRain where is a plot and not just sex scenes or “lemons” in fanfiction talk. If there needs to be steamy scenes why not “Fridays at Noon” by troublefollows1017? It has the mysterious main character with a bad past and the girl that walks in and “saves” him. Yeah, there are good fanfiction out there that I think would do well published, if the authors ever wanted to.
    There are more books out there that started out as fanfiction, than you think. It’s just that they don’t get much publicity. For example “Boycotts and Barfiles” by vjgm.

  10. Chela Madison says:

    Hm, I find this new (well is it new? feel free to correct me if this has been going on for a long time) occurrence of people becoming published authors through fanfiction interesting. It’s similar to the way people can kind of enter careers in film or music (among other things) by being successful on YouTube. I wonder if this is going to become a new popular trend, kickstarted by Twilight fanfiction but also spreading to fanfiction based on other books and movies, or if it’s going to fade away quickly. After all, Master of the Universe (aka 50 Shades) and The University of Edward Masen (aka this new book) already had a relatively large following so there was some built in success (like with the Twilight movies), so maybe it’s working for them because they already had some customers? Or is this a new direction in the world of writing? What do others think?

    • Hi Chela!

      It’s really not a new thing to have fanfiction published. Way before 50 Shades, there was Cassandra Clare who wrote Harry Potter fic, and Heather Lynn Rigaud who wrote Pride and Prejudice fic. I think it’s just become more known to the public now with the controversy over 50 Shades. I also think that more and more fic authors are being published since The Writer’s Coffee Shop (an Australia-based publishing house that originally published 50 Shades) began publishing fic a couple years ago. It’s also easier than ever for authors to ‘self-publish’ now instead of going through all the red tape of finding an agent and publisher.

      You’re probably also correct in your assessment that some of the published fics do better than others because of the support of their readers from FF.net. From what I’ve heard, that is the main reason behind a lot of the venom toward 50 Shades. There was a huge following and then the fic was pulled without any warning, not allowing some of the faithful to finish reading it. Then, on top of all that, it was originally denied that it started out as fanfiction after being pimped and pushed by the faithful, causing a lot of hurt feelings. There is also a lot of grumbling that the writing is not up to par, the author only changed the names of the characters from the fanfic, and the story’s not that great, yet there are tons of really great fics out there that have not been offered a publishing opportunity.

      I have not yet read 50 Shades, so I’m not able to voice my personal opinion on it, but I do think there are a lot of wonderful fics that should be published. A lot of these writers are really awesome and I’ve read some fanfic that was much better than a lot of the published books I’ve read. As many are saying, though, to each his own. We all have our opinions and tastes, and I, for one, think it’s terrific if anyone is ‘discovered’ and able to share their talent with everyone. I love books and, the more that’s available, the happier I am. LOL!!

      I hope I helped to answer some of your questions. Best wishes to you!!

      • Chela Madison says:

        Yes, thank you so much for your response =)! I didn’t know it was already a relatively common thing. That’s great for the many talented fanfiction writers. I wonder if I’ve already read a book that used to be fanfiction and just didn’t know o.O hahahaha! All the best to you too!

    • While the media glam in respect to Fan Fiction Author turn Successful Published Author is new, the concept of fanfictioners using fanfiction to kick start their career isn’t.

      A good example is the creators of Dungeons and Dragons. The original concept started as a role playing game in the Lord of the Rings world, but as followers of the game grew, the creators changed it enough that it created an entirely new IP.

      Much of what you see in the Star Wars books were nothing more than fan fiction, of which was approved by Lucas and given his stamp of approval to be added to the cannon. It is largely because of fan fictioners that Star Wars has remained just as relavent today, as it was in 1977.

      Fan Fiction is a fantastic way to jump start any writing career. Newbie writers get an already established world to work with, and as they hone their creative abilities, they are then able to take that established world and tweak it to their own design. E. L. James did just that. Her final creation is completely different than what it started out as.

      What is exciting about this day of age, is that you have unknowns, who had never had anything published before, getting past the icky red tape of Agents/ Publishers. New writers are now able to let the readers judge their works, versus the often cynicle eyes of Agents/ Publishers, of whom would have probably just turned them down.

      Years ago, I posted in the “Writers Thread” on the Twilight Lexican Forums, that many of these Fan Fiction writers were good enough, to get their material out there and published… now they are…

      It’s a wonderful day to be a writer…

      • Chela Madison says:

        Cool information about Star Wars! And interesting points about fanfiction helping new writers work on their creative skills and world building. Thanks for your response =)!

  11. This is an insult to Stephenie Meyer, She was the one who create Edward Cullen. And most of the people I know, me included fall in love with Edward because he is a gentleman, old fashioned and shows how true love should be. All these fan-fiction like this one and fifty shades are not good and SM should sue them.

  12. Christina says:

    I have no idea what this book is about, and never read any of the fan fiction, but I will definitely check this book out! I agree wholeheartedly with the individual who stated above that S.M. should be getting something (meaning: money! hopefully) behind the scenes for all these Twi fan fics getting published. Neither this book nor 50 Shades would ever have existed without Twilight, so I feel that S.M. deserves proper and ample reimbursement, ESPECIALLY since in their original formats these books were using HER character’s names.

  13. Wallace Brown says:

    I don’t know how FAN FICTION works, but I have seen all the Twilight films (thankfully on DVD and not on the more insanely expensive London cinema screen). I am currently (again, thankfully) on the last book of Fifty Shades and I cannot see how on earth these two stories are in any way related or similar. Apart, of course, from the good little virgin girl falling for the bad little eventually victorious boy. But: isn’t this the meat and veg of all romantic tales? (Mills & Boon anyone?)

  14. Isabella Marie Swan says:

    Girls you should follow twitter.com/edwardcullenday at once! He is “Edward” and has awesome tweets and updates with cute pics. You can ask him Twilight questions and he even has an ask.fm where you can ask Edward questions.Really funny I swear!!!:-)

  15. They’ve been publishing twilight fanfics for a while now, and just haven’t been saying that’s what they are. Sandra Wright’s “Take the Cake” was published as a novel about two years ago and it was a very popular fanfic before then. So while 50 shades may have brought this to light, it’s not a new thing by a long shot.

  16. MaleTwilightFan says:

    When I first heard about 50 Shades of Grey and found out it was from someone who started out writing on fanfiction..net and her Twilight story loosely inspired 50 Shades of Grey I was really surprised. I’ve written for years too and often would put the cart before the horse thinking about what I’d do with it after it was completed thinking ahead. The best thing I’ve told myself is to let go of any expectations and write because it’s something you enjoy doing. Don’t think I realized how big the online fiction community really is. At this point felt like if I don’t have something published I can at least submit it online for people to read. In the middle of taking a young adult screenplay I was working on and writing it as a novel length story right now. I thought at one point hey if E.L. James can do it I can do it too, haha. If anyone would like to read some of what I have wrote here it is. Please feel free to comment.

    http://www.fictionpress.com/u/510475/BookLover1

    http://www.fanfiction.net/u/241407/Slayer_Fan1

  17. Silence_Dogood says:

    I think to say these stories are not original is a travesty. Yes, the novels were originally published as Fanfiction of a popular novel, in this case Twilight, but the story lines and characters are completely unbiased by the twilight characterization. Authors use Fanfiction to get constructive criticism and reviews from a wide range of readers. These talented authors use the twilight characters in name only, especially in the case of Fifty Shades of Grey (Master of the Universe) and Gabriel’s Inferno (The University of Edward Masen). If you have read either, yes there are similarities to the Twilight Novels but they are not simply a twilight rip off with different character names. Have you ever read a book and noticed similar wording in another? Authors draw inspiration from a wide medium of devices and the fact that Fanfiction authors are getting noticed shouldn’t be disrespected simply because of the previous twilight brand.
    In Fanfiction terms we call it OOC, which means “out of character”. The Christian Grey in 50 Shades and the Gabriel in Gabriel’s Inferno have no connection to Stephenie Meyer’s Edward Cullen. Think of “Edward Cullen” and the other Twilight characters as pseudonyms on FanFiction.
    I personally applaud these authors for getting published, they might not be “literary genius” but what novels are these days? Fiction allows us to escape our ordinary lives and these books accomplish just that.

    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

    • I totally agree with you, Silence_Dogood. It takes a lot of talent to write a good story no matter what your inspiration. Unless the story starts out, “This starts from when Edward left Bella in the woods…”, or something similar, Fanfiction is mostly original. Using ‘bronze-haired Edward’ as a mob kindpin is not Twilight.

  18. Omg I know this author he is brilliant! The fanfiction he wrote for twilight was awesome. Gabriel’s inferno is based on that twilight story he wrote. It’s a must read!

  19. LadyLovesLeo says:

    I finally read the Fifty Shades series, and I have to admit I totally enjoyed it – a very guilty pleasure read. The first book was a bit hard to get through, but the last two had a pretty good story. It was fun to pick out what I thought were the similarities, or complements if you will, to Twilight. Honestly, if I’d just picked it up without knowing I wouldn’t have guessed it was based on Twilight in any way. I haven’t read the Gabriel books, but from the descriptions on amazon they sound more like Fifty Shades than Twilight – fanfic based on fanfic!

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