The latest in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' imitators
Every day brings news of more and more projects hanging onto Fifty Shades of Grey‘s coattails (or cat o’nine tails).
You can’t blame any of the bandwagon-jumpers, though. E L James’ S&M trilogy is quickly joining the likes of Twilight and The Hunger Games in terms of sales, and Amazon UK has reported that the books have become the best-selling books in the website’s 14-year history, overtaking the Harry Potter series in just four months.
So here’s what’s going on in the world of Fifty Shades.
++ Another writer of Twilight fanfiction has nabbed a big seven-figure book deal and 500,000-copy first printing from Penguin’s Berkley imprint. Gabriel’s Inferno, penned by a mysterious author who uses the pseudonyms Sylvain Reynard and Sebastien Robichaud, tells the story of a Dante scholar who seduces a “sweet and innocent” graduate student with his dark, sophisticated charm.
++ Warner Bros. has acquired the screen rights to Beautiful Disaster, the self-published, college-set romance written by Jamie McGuire. The book has been called Fifty Shades for the YA set, but the synopsis of the book doesn’t sound any less intense:
++ Don’t forget the many, many book parodies: Fifty Shames of Earl Gray, about a seductive tycoon who must get past his 50 hang-ups; and Fifty Shades of Louisa May, long stashed away in the Little Women author’s Massachusetts cabin.