As the big-screen iteration of Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" draws to an end, it seems the fanfic her series inspired is about to enjoy its own moment in the sun.
To wit, E L James' erotic novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey," and its sequels have already sold more than 60 million copies worldwide, with a film version in the works. And, just yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that another Twific "The Office" (retitled "Beautiful Bastard") will be making its way to bookstore shelves soon. Indeed, it's a good time to be a fan-fiction writer. All of which got us wondering which other "Twilight" takeoffs are worthy of prime placement at Barnes & Noble. We reached out to several in-the-know fanfic enthusiasts to get their opinions.
Check out their reading lists after the jump, and sound off with your own suggestions in the comments!
"The Blessing and the Curse"
"If the publishing world wants another 'Twilight' fan fiction series to snap up, key in a few name changes, and sell like hotcakes, they might want to give 'The Blessing and the Curse' by The Black Arrow a look-see. In this story, Bella was orphaned at a young age and raised by Esme, Edward's mother. Though she's engaged to another man, she pretends to be head over heels for Edward for oh-so-romantic-minded Esme's sake. Only, Edward the telepath knows better and makes it a mission to make her affections real. The life-long relationship between Bella and Edward is intense—at times almost too much so—which makes for an intoxicating, roller coaster-esque read. The plot and characters are just different enough to distinguish from the saga, and people love this fic a lot." —Amanda Bell, Twilight Examiner
"I was introduced to the world of 'Twilight' fan fiction back in late 2008 through our message board over on the Twilight Facebook page. To this day, I am deeply invested and utterly in love with a story called ‘Wide Awake,' written by AngstGoddess003. When talking about that story I tell others that it was so good, that staying up until 4 a.m. just reading it almost kept me from passing my classes that semester. Along with 'The Office,' that story continues to be one that I would pay money to read in print." —Lauren Suero, Twilight Facebook page
"There Will Be Blood"
"There are a lot of 'Twilight' fans who are fan-fiction lovers. A lot of them are quiet about their fanfic love. Others are more open about it. Personally, I read my fanfic on my eReader so no one knows what I'm REALLY reading. But embarrassment aside, fan fiction has introduced me to some amazingly talented writers. One of my favorites is JohnnyBoy7. I first read his story, "There Will Be Blood," at the recommendation of a friend and was immediately engrossed in the story about a family involved in the mafia. I'm pretty excited about the number of fan-fic authors that are getting publishing deals. I can't wait to see who's next. —Elena Raines, Twilightish
Have you read any of these fanfics? Which ones do you want to see land a publishing deal? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!