'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie: Studios Fighting for a 'Young Adult' Version, 'Beautiful Disaster' by Jamie McGuire
"Fifty Shades of Grey" has stirred up the book market as publishers and directors try to acquire other books/movies that will create frenzy.
"Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire is considered to be the "young adult" version of the erotic novel
"Fifty Shades of Grey" by bestselling author E.L. James.
The book is described on its website:
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"The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.
"Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs-and wants-to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis' apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources said that Warner Bros and CBS Films are engaged in a heated bidding way to acquire movie rights to the novel, which, like "Fifty Shades," was initially self-published online, became a hit, and then got picked up by a publisher (Atria Books).
Both the stories are very similar.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" tells the story of 22-year-old recent college grad Anastasia Steele, who enters into a dominant/submissive sexual relationship with 27-year old sexy billionaire Christian Grey, and both explore Christian's world of BDSM (bondage, dominance, submission, masochism).
"Beautiful Disaster" is similar except with all the kinky sex that Anastasia and Christian share.
Atria Books said that the sequel, "Walking Disaster," is expected to release in 2013 and will continue the story from Maddox's point of view.
McGuire has sold more than 300,000 copies on her own, self-publishing first as an e-book and later as a trade paperback in October through Amazon's Createspace, according to The Hollywood Repoter.
The novel topped Amazon's self-published sales chart and even made an appearance on The New York Times list. A paperback version of the book will arrive Aug. 14.