Following in the steps of E.L. James' runaway bestseller "50 Shades of Grey," the sexy book series "Gabriel's Inferno" has been picked up by a major publisher. Penguin's Berkely imprint paid seven figures for "Gabriel's Inferno" and "Gabriel's Rapture," written by Sylvain Reynard.
There are many, many authors who hope their books will be compared to "50 Shades of Grey," a self-publishing phenomenon that has found surprising mainstream success. Reynard's books deserve the comparison for one reason in particular: They, like "50 Shades," began as "Twilight" fan fiction.
"This book was born as a serialized 'Twilight' fan fiction story called 'The University of Edward Masen' (abbreviated as UOEM by readers) written under the pen name Sebastien Robichaud. The original manuscript has been removed and the site for Robichaud has been deleted, Galleycat writes. The site obtained a copy of "The University of Edward Masen"; it puts sections of it side by side with the version of "Gabriel's Inferno" currently in print, which show the texts to be quite similar.
That another, second self-published/independently published sexy romance series based on "Twilight" has been picked up by a major American publisher makes one thing clear: Readers of "Twilight" really liked the idea of Bella and Edward getting together in a hot-and-heavy way. That kind of fantasy is fine, as long as people are penning their versions as a hobby.