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:
“The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants – and needs – to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.”
++ 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.