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Clearly taking the huge success of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey into consideration, Penguin Books’ Berkley imprint has signed a big deal with an unknown author of two Twilight fan-fictions.

Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture are presently available in e-book format after initially debuting on fan-fiction sites. Paperback editions are due out in the next few months with an initial run of 500,000 copies.

The Gabriel novels started under the title The University of Edward Masen. The book’s author, Sylvain Reynard, is only a pen name and no other information about him/her has been unveiled.

According to GoodReads (where the book scores a 4.06 out of 5 stars), “Professor Gabriel Emerson [the lead character] is a well respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.”

Fifty Shades was originally a Twilight fan-fiction starring characters Edward and Bella before being picked up for broader distribution via e-book and paperback.

Thanks, Media Bistro.

  • Jason

    I could use some extra cash. Maybe I should write some pornographic Twilight fanfiction. It’s doesn’t seem all that difficult. 

    • Lotte

      I would total purchase your story, just for the kicks of it!

    • http://twitter.com/20619T Craig Thomson

      From what I have read (the opening chapter of 50S, DON’T JUDGE ME) you don’t actually need to really understand the English language to pull it off either

  • alex

    God Dammit

    I want to be a writer when i’m older but not if the literary world becomes this freaking laughing stock with publishing crap like this!! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/NothingIsSetInStone Monica Olivia Edwards

      I’m trying to be an author right now, break in, and with crap like this I never will. I feel your pain!

  • blondemel47

    FANTASTIC NEWS!!! Well done & Congratulations to Sylvain Reynold

  • http://twitter.com/Merina2 Merina


  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    This is getting out of hand!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

    Twilight is successful because at the time of its publishing it was original and unique and…just good. Rip-offs (ex. Fifty Shades of Grey) tend to be either laughable or pornographic.

    • Liderc

      I’d say 50 shades is ‘successful,’ despite its abysmal quality/laughable pornography. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

        It should’ve went like, “Twilight was successful…” not is ‘is’. I know Fifty Shades is successful. I was just pointing out the reason for its success and the expected success of this new 7-book series. People liked Twilight, so it became a template for new authors to get published. That’s why none of those books match Twilight in quality (although the quality of Twilight is debatable, the quality of Fifty Shades certainly isn’t. Kiddin, but yes Twilight is a masterpiece compared to Fifty Shades. At least it was original.)

        • Liderc

          It’s not a 7-book series, it’s a 7 figure deal – as in $1,000,000.

          • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

            Sorry, misunderstood

  • Ultron

    Just what the world needs…twilight fan fictions. Twilight was already bad enough, why publish more books about it.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan


  • Teranel

    That synopsis sounds rather like Dorian Gray to me…

  • Alyssamz

    Is this one written well though? thats what id like to know..

  • Connor

    Oh god. Enough with the promotion of mediocre, horny writers.

  • cookiesfly

    Ugh. Dear publishers: If you are going to be publishing fan-fiction, at least publish well written fanfiction. I haven’t read this but I can only hope that it is WELL written, because if not then UGH. 

    • Rebecca_47

      Whether fan fiction or not, publishers will put out a lot of crap. I read an NC-17 retelling of Pride and Prejudice, no it didn’t start out as fan fiction, but it too was poorly written. The author tried to make her book sound like Jane Austen’s “voice” when all she did was make up words, to make things sound like they were from J A era, had some things that clearly indicated she had not researched the era, I finished it, but it was a struggle to keep myself from hunting down the author and telling her her book stunk. She used wrong words, imbed (his nosed was imbedded in her hair) for embed and I certainly wouldn’t want to see that scenario, used calm and placid exactly like that, not alternately but as if they have two different defintions, kept using the word compleate which was no longer used in the manner in which she used it, after 1450. Referred to crinoline, which female undergarment was not in existence during the time in which the J A characters lived. He permaulated up to bed, really, he walked around as though thoroughly inspecting an area, examining or inspecting. He was drunk when he went to bed.

  • http://twitter.com/starlit_dream Elena

    It’s crazy that these huge deals are being made. I’m not a literary
    agent, but can I assume 7-figure deals are NOT common? Is the sole
    reason the connection to Twilight? I feel like you can go into any
    bookstore and find books just as good/bad as these.

    • Jen_Lamoureux

      They are not common AT ALL. They typically happen if there is a lot of buzz around a book or if there is a bidding war for it.  In this case Penguin is probably looking for something to compete with 50 Shades and in order to do that you need to pony up the dough to generate buzz and get people interested.  They are just banking on it having a big following like 50.

  • Marieluna93

    i am so disillusioned with the world :(

    • grapes9h5


  • Regina

    Hmm. Maybe I should write an erotic Twilight fan fiction of my own and just change the character names. Then I can get published and make millions. Since this trash has made it big under this publishing company, clearly anyone can do it nowadays. Get writing everyone!

    • Megushie


    • Rebecca_47

      Do you remember that the Twilight series was based on various works of literature, among them Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, and a couple others, maybe it isn’t as well written, but having read P & P several times, I can very clearly see the main charactes of Edward and Bella as Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. There have been serveral books that have continued the saga of many of the Jane Austen characters, some better than others. One author, Carrie Bebris, has interwoven the stories, so that all the Jane Austen characters know each other. P D James wrote a book Murder Comes to Pemberly, I think that is the correct title. I read it a few mons ago. Another author, Stephanie Barron has a whole series of Jane Austen books in which she solves crimes ala Miss Marple in the Agatha Christie series.  Why does this bother you so much, did i bother you that West Side Story is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet?

      • http://www.facebook.com/thecoolguy4ever Ahmed Tarek Saad

        Twilight was inspired by those books, but not ‘based’ on them, no, unlike Fifty Shades which is technically based on Twilight.

  • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

    Smh. I’m done. I can’t. Done. Goodbye cruel world.

  • Rebecca_47

    I remember reading that, as The University of Edward Masen, it was very good, and I might buy that one if it is in pb

  • http://twitter.com/FailGloriously Katherine Trenaman

    I haven’t read Gabriel’s Inferno, but I have read other books that have been released under the publishing company Omnific Publishing.  All of their books (that I have read) are well written, have thoughtful characterisation, and possess strong story plots.  Like with every publishing company not all of their books are deep and meaningful or will change lives.  Some are just simply a good read.  Omnific exclusively publishes romance based novels at this time and their slogan is “romance…without rules”.  It only stands to reason that a fair few of their published novels were once Twilight fanfiction due to the romantic element of Stephenie Meyer’s saga, however these books have no basis in the Twilight/vampire world of Forks, Washington.  Most of them are “all human” (a fanfiction term) and the characters and story lines bare no resemblance to Bella, Edward, or sparkly vampires.  Not all of Omnific’s published novels were once fanfiction, but those authors under their wing who excised their writing abilities on a public forum should not be thought of as less.  Is Cassadra Clare thought of as less of a writer because City Of Bones was originally a Harry Potter fanfiction?  Is Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride And Prejudice And Zombies not a real novel because it is not 100% his original work?  A lot of these works have their own artistic merit in their own right and are intelligently written pieces.  They’re actually quite an enjoyable read; depending of your preferred reading genre or writing style they are well worth your time.  

  • http://twitter.com/FailGloriously Katherine Trenaman

    I just re-read my post and realised how harsh the tone was.  I didn’t mean for it to come across as a reprimand.  I’m just a huge fan of being a book snob, but only after you’ve read the book first.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

    Oh come on. 

    • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

      The sad thing is I will probably read the first book out of curiosity, but I’ll wait until it is available at my local library.

  • Josiah

    Not even JKR started with 7 figures

  • PerphektMe

    I actually read this story when it was posted as fanfiction and I remember thinking how much I enjoyed it because the characters and plot were so different from Twilight. 

  • http://twitter.com/altonium Alton de Jesus

    I weep for humanity. But I hope this will have better writing than 50 shades. Some people think it’s a good fanfic. 

  • Kath

    The book sounds good. So what’s the big problem? I would’ve just assumed that this had no affiliation to Twilight, and it sounds NOTHING like Edward/Bella here. I’m interested. Must people jump to conclusions? It’s got a ton of recognition on goodreads, so it sounds like this book can hold it’s own. Whether or not you want to believe it, Twilight has been a huge influence on so much these days, so is it really that odd that this book (which sounds entirely different) is inspired by Twilight? Give a story a chance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001426435099 Louelle van Rens

      I like your thoughts.

  • Leah

    it seems to me that they are going to start publishing fan fics and this is NOT OK

  • Ev42

    I don’t mind authors basing a series on fics/AU’s developed by them, if they’re well written. Deep characters, thought through plot, solid writing… Just hope this is good at all, I’m mildly terrified of how bad a lot of the top sellers are. Just downloaded the PDF of the fic & have read a few pages.. I’m no fan of Twilight, so I can’t vouch for canon accuracy, but the story seems readable, at least. Something a good beta (or, in this case, editor, I guess) could do something with. I guess. Idk.. I remain sceptical…

  • Dani

    I actually just finished reading The University of Edward Masen it wasn’t all that bad, way better than the Fifty Shades stuff. I’m pretty sure Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture will be almost word for word from the fanfiction, only changing the names. The University of Edward Masen was pretty deep and really well researched, connecting the plot of the story to Dante and Beatrice, Heloise and Abelard, King Lear, Othello etc.

  • Aprildurnford

    This is the first time I heard of these books. Would like to read them.

  • Hazel Vee

    I love erotica and it takes a lot to write a really decent one (I got a few pages into 50 shades and realized it’s a disgrace to erotica). It sickens me that all these people who have all these weird fantasies of Edward and Bella (as if Breaking Dawn wasn’t enough) are making money off of it.

    There’s no shame in writing an erotica that is completely your original idea! At least CHANGE HIS NAME!!! Goodness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NothingIsSetInStone Monica Olivia Edwards

    This is BULLSHIT! Jesus Christ I could write something this shitty in a night! FUCK ALL OF THEM!

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