Simon & Schuster hopes fanfic will bring 50 Shades of profit; Orhan Pamuk recommends Zen for Obama; Google doodles Bram Stoker; Ellen Hopkins has two new books on the way.
Twilight fanfiction writers just keep getting book deals. Fifty Shades author E.L. James wasn't the only person who had the notion to transpose Bella and Edward's timeless romance in other settings. And she's not the only one who's sold Twilight fanfic to a top publishing house. Simon & Schuster have announced their purchase of Beautiful Bastard and its sequel Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren (the pen-name of writing duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings). The books began as The Office, a series that reimagined Twilight's lead couple in a fraught workplace romance. No word on how much the authors got for their work, but sources have described it as "substantial." Rejection-hardened authors aren't too amused:
Another Twilight fanfic book sold! I clearly miscalculated by writing something intimate, original, and interesting. I shall remedy this.— Roxane Gay (@rgay) November 8, 2012
The books are due for publication in February and May of 2013. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Google wishes Bram Stoker a happy birthday. Whoever is in charge of Google's Doodle operation has decided to take the feature in quite the literary direction lately. They celebrated the 161st anniversary of Moby Dick's publication this year last month, and today they're honoring Dracula author Bram Stoker, who would have turned 165 today had he been bestowed with the same immortality as his most famous literary creation. The stern black-and-white drawing has a nice, creepy Victorian feel to it. [Google.com]