Never did I think that I would be excitedÂ to hear about yet another TwilightÂ fanfic becoming an honest-to-God published novel, but that’s the strange turn of events on this, an otherwise regular Thursday. Because The Office, the fanfic that’s gotten snatched up by Gallery Books, is one of the original sexyÂ TwilightÂ fics, and because the authors have rewritten it so that only about 20% of the original story still exists. And for that reason I can respect it more than Fifty Shades of Grey.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, authors Christina HobbsÂ and Lauren BillingsÂ have adapted Hobbs’ fic The OfficeÂ into a novel called Beautiful Bastard. (Like Fifty Shades, the new title comes from the nickname for Edward within the story; in Master of the Universe, Bella privately called him “Fifty Shades of Fucked-Up,” and here he’s her “Beautiful Bastard.”) Like MotU, The OfficeÂ was a fanfic that reimagined Edward as a human and Bella in a subservient role to him. But there are a couple of important points to consider:
1) The OfficeÂ came before Master of the Universe, circa 2009.
2) While it existed in the first wave of sexually explicit TwilightÂ fics, The OfficeÂ is celebrated for valuing plot on the same level as porn. So many fics are termed PWP (“porn without plot” or “plot? what plot?”), but Hobbs ensured that there was an actual narrative arc in place.
3) It’s well-written! No “inner goddess,” as far as I can tell.
THR has a description of the book, but I’d rather quote the synopsis from a TwilightÂ fan blog reviewÂ that better sums up the highlights. (Note: “Lemons” are fandom-speak for sex scenes.)
Edward Cullen is Bella Swanâ€™s boss. They really do not get along. They start hatefucking. It is hot. As the affair continues, they both slowly realize they want more. Itâ€™s extremely sweet.
For those who havenâ€™t read this story, I will say that it is absolutely FULL of lemons. There are lemons happening in every damn chapter, and it is freakinâ€™ awesome. Iâ€™ve noticed that usually when the authorâ€™s main concern in the story is sex, there is no real plot or the writing is not really advanced enough to pull this off. That is not the case with this fan fic. This story is so well written, I found myself already liking Bellaâ€™s character after only the first few paragraphs. I could relate (up until a certain point of course) because, who among us hasnâ€™t had that awful boss from hell?
Now, let’s get into the thorny issue of what parts of The OfficeÂ got changed for legitimate publication. Bella is now Chloe Mills, and Edward is Bennett Ryan. Like I said, Hobbs was the original author of the fic; she teamed up with Billings in 2010 to write other fic together. But when it came time to revisit The Office, they collaboratedâ€”which means already it has a new set of eyes.
Hobbs and Billings, writing under the pen name Christina Lauren, have reworked The OfficeÂ into Beautiful BastardÂ (out February 12, 2013) andÂ its sequel Beautiful StrangerÂ (out May 28, 2013). Yep, this is enough to convince me that they’ve taken what was originally fanfiction and changed it dramatically enough for it to count as original fiction.
However, I reserve full judgment until I’ve read it through and ensured that there is no lip-biting.
[via The Mary Sue]
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