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Good Grief: Twilight Fan Fiction 'Beautiful Bastard' To Become A Movie From The Producer Behind 'Resident Evil'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 12, 2013 5:07 PM
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Beautiful Bastard Twilight

Sorry America, you asked for this. With millions of people unleashing their inner sexual fantasies thanks to the runaway success of "Fifty Shades Of Grey," it seems that if you're a writer inspired by the tween romance of Edward and Bella in the "Twilight" franchise, you're already halfway to a movie deal. And indeed, another author, who has turned her naughty fantasies into something that people are actual reading for real, has now inked a deal to bring that creation to life.

Constantin Film has snapped up the rights to "Beautiful Bastard," which hits bookstores on Tuesday, but already has been a digital phenomenon. Penned by Nobel Prize laureate Christina Hobbs, the story follows an MBA student who begins an affair with media mogul boss at the company where she interns. So yes, this is basically the exact same plot as "Fifty Shades Of Grey." Essentially, there's some gender/power/class dynamics at play, but let's be honest, no one cares about the thematic undercurrent, they just want hawt sexx

And to help make that happen is Jeremy Bolt, the producer with an estimable list of credits that include some "Resident Evil" movies, "Death Race," "Pandorum," "The Hole" and...well, you get the idea. We're not sure why Hollywood suddenly thinks they can do edgy sex well, when historically, they've generally embarrassed themselves ("Body Of Evidence," "Color Of Night," etc). But hey, good luck to them. The rest of the world has the internet for their wanking needs. [THR]

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  • Who's Kevin Jagernauth | February 18, 2013 3:44 PMReply

    For someone so critical about someone's work, what gives you the right? All I can find out about you is that you're from Canada and some film critic. Where did you graduate? What kind of experience do you have in the book writing business? What are your credentials?

    It is a flaw of this site to have someone participate as a writer and they do not display their experience to show why anyone should even give them the time of day. What is his expertise in the book world to critique these writers writing.

    If this is an "opinion piece" then it needs to state it as an "opinion piece from a guest writer.".

    The comments below show that this guy has no idea what he's talking about.

  • Kevin | February 18, 2013 4:48 PM

    Did the words "Good Grief" not tip you off that it was an opinion piece?

  • casey | February 12, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    People need to learn how to google. All this crappy fic is out there for free. Stop putting money in these hacks' pockets.

  • OH I SEE | February 18, 2013 2:49 PM

    I'm trying to understand what this writer is trying to state. Is it about a "plot" or "characteristics of the characters?" Grey and Bastards are completely different stories and neither are even remotely anything like Twilight.

    There are people putting out E-books everyday. So everyone who puts out an E-book is a hack then. That's all these books are...E-books. From what I've read of them, all of the crap coming out in Hollywood is currently the same 'ol same 'ol.

    Let these authors stand on their own merits. Just because they were initially Twilight fans which gave them the desire to write doesn't make them any less talented or interesting.

    These books are being turned into screenplays written by professional screenplay writers. No matter what the E-book is, it's still be be written by another writer as a screenplay. Now if you have an issue with the screenplay, then attack that writer. But to attack a film just because it will be based on an E-book is outrageous.

    As for the unprofessional writer at Indiewire who wrote this post needs to read the books by Jackie Collins. Talk about the same plot or characteristics. Do you really want to take on Jackie Collins? The queen of moguls and sex?

    To slam these writers you need to bring in Jackie Collins or how about Nicholas Sparks? Talk about using the same type of characteristics in every book. Just change the names and you have a Nicholas Sparks book.

    It's just "slam anything with a remote connection to Twilight," this is what this is about. Because the "same plots" have been used literally in every literary series from Harry Potter to Judy Blume.

    To disrespect '50 Shades of Grey' just because the person was some Twilight fan shows the level of ignorance from this writer. Grey is a successful business man who has psychological problems. The problems which E L James wrote about regarding the character Christian Grey is serious and believable. Anyone who has gone through extensive child abuse can be scarred and have self-esteem issues. How that plot equates with Beautiful Bastards I do not understand.

    So the ignorance of the writer of this piece needs to do some research before writing this. Hating Twilight is one thing which is completely obvious but to hate someone's work that has nothing to do with Twilight then to mix up characters and plots just tells me that this person is a hack and the site's editor needs to be fired.

  • OH I SEE | February 12, 2013 7:34 PMReply

    Ohhhhh, I see. Everyone who writes a book HAS TO BE a Nobel Prize laureate. Dangit. The longer you live, the more you learn. So JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, J.R.R. Tolkein are Nobel Prize laureates? Must have missed their names on the wiki...

  • Clueless | February 12, 2013 7:21 PMReply

    That's right. This was the original Twilight fanfic. Master of the Universe/50 Shades is afterward. So the first is being made into a movie sort of like The Hobbit. The Hobbit was the original which has the same type of plots like Lord of the Rings. Darn, there's that plot problem again. Two different books, same plot.

    Maybe Playlist should do some research before writing about things they don't even know what their writing about.

  • And you call yourselves.... | February 12, 2013 7:10 PMReply

    So you are saying that any film made with the exact same plot is what? I saw a twitter exchange where this woman told you all off and made your ' gender/power/class dynamics' statement look stupid. How did she put it? Every comicbook movie has the 'good guy/bad guy/bad buy wreaks havoc/good guy saves the day. Then she said that The Avengers and Batman made a billion using that same plot line over and over again.

    So everything you just wrote was just blown out of the water. LMAO!

    I'll take it even further: Take for example every Diehard and Lethal Weapon film of the like you have a hero who is an underdog at times, who uses skill and wit to get out of situations along with a bad guy and the underdog heroes win every time.

    Oh how about EVERY HARRY POTTER BOOK AND FILM? They all have the same plot. Harry gets into it with his aunt and uncle, goes to school, learn some kind of magic that will save the day at the end, have a Snape encounter of some type, dark arts teacher gets in some type of trouble, Harry, Hermione and Ron save the day. That same plot went throughout 7 books and 8 movies. No one said one thing.

    Basically, you all are a bunch of Twilight haters which is the issue here. You hate Twilight and anything connected to it directly or indirectly be it the actors or any YA novel turned into a film. You hate it because of Twilight. You all really need help. You look foolish talking about using the same plots. This is Hollywood you know.

    Twilight has nothing to do with any of these movies. These plots are a far cry from anything seen in Twilight. And also, E L James is in the entertainment business and her husband is a screenwriter and director. James understands scripts and how movies are made believe it or not. So Twilight may have been an inspiration but 50 shades of Grey stands on it own just like this Beautiful Bastard will.

    Maybe you all are just a bunch of misogynists because "using the same plot" just doesn't make sense.

  • Narf | February 12, 2013 11:23 PM

    You seem mad, are you mad?

  • Jlivest | February 12, 2013 6:51 PMReply

    For the record - The Office was published - and pulled - way before Master of the Universe, uh, I mean, 50 Shades, was written. This is THE original TwiPorn. I wish Lauren and Christina every bit of success with there collaboration!

  • BLA | February 12, 2013 5:16 PMReply

    FIFTY shades.

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