Beautiful Bastard

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Beautiful Bastard
BeautifulBastard2013Cover.jpg
Cover for the 2013 first edition
AuthorChristina Lauren
GenreRomance
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Published in EnglishFebruary 12, 2013[1]
Pages320 pgs
ISBNISBN 1476730091
Followed byBeautiful Stranger
 
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Beautiful Bastard
BeautifulBastard2013Cover.jpg
Cover for the 2013 first edition
AuthorChristina Lauren
GenreRomance
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Published in EnglishFebruary 12, 2013[1]
Pages320 pgs
ISBNISBN 1476730091
Followed byBeautiful Stranger

Beautiful Bastard is an erotic romance novel by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings under the singular pen name of Christina Lauren.[2][3] The book was originally published online as a Twilight fan fiction entitled The Office,[4] with Simon & Schuster purchasing the publishing rights to the series.[5]

A sequel entitled Beautiful Stranger that follows Chloe's best friend is set to release in May 2013.[6]

Plot[edit]

Beautiful Bastard follows Chloe Mills, a hardworking intern and MBA student that works underneath her demanding yet attractive boss Bennett Ryan.[7] The two are constantly at odds with each other, a tense relationship that began from the first time the two met in the office. Bennett is drawn to Chloe, but acts terse towards her. Their relationship comes to a head one night when Bennett makes Chloe remain behind to give an impromptu practice speech on an account she was working on. The speech quickly turns into a sexual encounter, the first of many that the pair has within the office building. Despite vows from each of them that the affair will not continue, Bennett and Chloe keep running into each other in places such as a La Perla lingerie store. Chloe is concerned over the nature of the relationship, afraid that it will jeopardize her future career if her sexual relationship with Bennett gets out. Meanwhile Bennett finds himself growing more possessive and jealous of Chloe, especially after his mother attempts to fix her up with Joel Cignoli, a family friend. The relationship finally comes to a head when Chloe has to leave to care for her father after he discovers a tumor in his stomach, which prompts Bennett to realize that his feelings for Chloe are more than sexual and that he can't fully operate without her. When she returns the two go to a convention in San Diego, where the two continue their torrid affair. After Bennett is forced to remain behind in the hotel room due to food poisoning, Chloe is left to handle an important presentation with a client, which she aces. Her emotional high from the last few days is shattered, however, when she overhears Bennett supposedly taking the credit for her successful presentation. This prompts her to break up with Bennett and submit her resignation from the company, which devastates Bennett. Chloe manages to gain another job at a different corporation for her student project, but at the official presentation to the school board she is met by Bennett, who confesses his love for her. She then presents two portfolios for her student project, much to the delight of the school board. The book ends with Chloe and Bennett reconciling and resuming their relationship.

Development[edit]

Hobbs originally began working on the story in 2009 under the title of The Office.[5] The Office was well received online but was removed by Hobbs due to her perceiving the story's popularity as "a bit overwhelming".[5] Hobbs began writing with Billings in 2010 and after noticing the story's rise in popularity after the publishing of Fifty Shades of Grey, decided to re-write and publish the story as Beautiful Bastard.[8] Hobbs and Billings have stated that they have extensively re-worked the story line of The Office, claiming that only 20% of the original book remains in Beautiful Bastard.[9]

The Office has been credited by a University of Utah professor as "[paving] the way for 'Fifty Shades' and a thousand other imitators. It turned fan-fiction's 'porn without plot' into 'porn as plot,'".[10]

Film adaptation[edit]

On February 11, 2013 it was announced that Constantin Film had acquired the rights to Beautiful Bastard with the intention of turning it into a feature film.[11] Jeremy Bolt was confirmed as producer for the film.[12] Stephanie Sanditz , the writer behind the Mortal Instruments prequel Infernal Devices, that she has been hired by Constantin Film to write the movie adaptation of Beautiful Bastard. [13]

Reception[edit]

RT Book Reviews gave Beautiful Bastard three stars, saying that while the book "is filled with plenty of hot sex and sizzling tension between boss Bennett and employee Chloe", the alternating viewpoints "proves distracting rather than providing depth" and that "the level at which this couple loathes each other for the majority of the story makes the hasty resolution hard to believe".[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twilight-based office vampire romance gets book deal". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Wagner, David. "Publishers Can't Resist Twilight Fanfic; Happy Birthday Bram Stoker". Atlantic Wire. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Check out the cover for the 'Twilight' fanfic turned novel 'Beautiful Bastard' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Secuela de Crepúsculo escrita por fans se publicará el 2013". Terra Peru. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Lewis, Andy. "'Twilight' Fanfiction Hit 'The Office' Scores Two-Book Deal (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Beautiful Bastard' Authors Offer Sneak Peek at Long-Awaited Book (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Busis, Hilary. "The 'Fifty Shades' bump: More 'Twilight' fanficion is being turned into novels". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Spencer, Kate. "Beautiful Bastard Is The Latest Twilight Fan Fiction To Hit The Big Time, And We Can’t Wait To Read It". VH1. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Zutter, Natalie. "Fifty Shades Is About To Get Put In Its Place By Another Twilight Fanfic-Turned-Novel". Crushable. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (November 8, 2012). "The next steamy 'Twilight' fan fiction hit: 'Beautiful Bastard'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Next '50 Shades Of Grey'? 'Beautiful Bastard' Gets Movie Deal". IB Times. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Erotic Novel 'Beautiful Bastard' Getting Movie at Constantin Film (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Exclusive! Stephanie Sanditz Tapped As Screenwriter for ‘Beautiful Bastard’ Movie". Beautiful Bastard Film. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Review: Beautiful Bastard". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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