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With women finishing the raunchy series 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James, females are desperately searching for the next “it” book to fill a void.Enter Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture.
Penguin Group’s Berkley just acquired the popular fan fiction books for a “substantial seven-figure deal” from Omnific Publishing, according to an announcement.
The deal comes after the books have stayed near the top of the Amazon Top 100 in both digital and print formats.
The story is a dead ringer for “50 Shades,” with a simple character exchange. Professor Gabriel Emerson, a man with a “dark past,” becomes romantically involved with one of his “sweet and innocent” graduate students, Julia Mitchell.
Like James’ series, the “Gabriel” books by author Sylvain Reynard started life on the web as “Twilight” fan fiction at sites such as fanfiction.net. Known as “University of Edward Masen,” the works were also posted on the author’s site, under his pen name, sebastienrobichaud.com.
The site, which you can view portions of here, was shut down after the book’s original publication by small independent Omnific Publishing in April 2011.
Berkley plans to release 500,000 copies of each book in addition to selling in e-book format.
Good idea, considering “50 Shades” has sold more than 20 million copies since Vintage acquired the book in March. Universal and Focus Features has since paid $5 million for rights to turn the trilogy into a feature film.
No one seems to know anything about Reynard, the author of the series except that he is supposedly Canadian.
Here’s an early excerpt from Robichaud / Reynard’s “University of Edward Masen” before becoming part of the “Gabriel” series via mediabistro:
. . . Miss Swan?
The professor’s velvet voice laved across the seminar room to the brown eyed young woman who was seated at the back.
Lost in thought, or lost in translation, her head was down as she scribbled furiously in her notebook.
10 pairs of eyes swung to her, to the pale face and long lashes, the small, white fingers clutching at a pen. And then 10 pairs of eyes swung back to the professor, who stood perfectly still and began to scowl.
Riding the train is about to get fun again.
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