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The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey

The French publisher Lattes has sent “warning letters” to publishers it feels are infringing on the copyright of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Telegraph had this quote from editorial director Laurent Laffont: ”Some of these titles, which pick up on elements of the book, are clearly parasitical … We would like those planning new releases next year to know that we are watching very closely to ensure they are not parasitical.”

Online authors should never forget that readers can travel backwards in Internet time and explore their earlier work. Author E L James scored a seven-figure book deal to publish the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and a movie deal quickly followed.

This erotica bestseller began as a work of Twilight fan fiction called Master of the Universe, earning a massive fan fiction following years before the book deal. Most traces of this fan fiction history have been removed from the Internet. Using the Wayback Machine, we were able to take snapshots from James’ old work–getting a peek into the book’s previous incarnation as an X-rated version of the Twilight story.

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‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2′ Trailer Released

The teaser trailer for The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn, Part 2 has been released, giving a glimpse of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at the end of the vampire trilogy.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think? In five hours, the trailer has already earned 170,000 likes and more than 9,000 comments on Facebook. The film comes out November 16th.

Here’s more about the movie: “The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in this final installment of Stephenie Meyer‘s best-selling series. DREAMGIRLS’ Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation.”

Melissa Rosenberg on Adapting ‘Breaking Dawn’

Twihards around the world will watch The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 this weekend. In the latest installment of the blockbuster series, fans can expect to see a dramatic vampire wedding and eventful honeymoon.

We caught up with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg to talk about writing scripts and the adaptation process. The highlights follow below…

Q: Describe the writing process when you are charged with adapting a book for a script versus writing an original script.
A: Each comes with its own challenges, but nothing is more difficult than starting with a blank page, as a writer does with an original project. I had the good fortune to start with an already fully fleshed out universe and mythology. But an adaptation comes with its own challenges: Honing a 500 page novel into a 110 page script. Externalizing very internal character arcs. Not pissing off the millions of fans around the world who don’t understand, or frankly care, that a book and a movie are very different animals, and that one can’t simply transfer the entire text into screenplay format and shoot it.

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Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Video Peeks at Wedding Scene

Summit Entertainment has released a sneak peek of Edward and Bella’s wedding from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. In the video embedded above, the cast talked about the scene.

Kristen Stewart (who plays Bella) commented: “I’ve sorta been ramping up to do that scene for three years.” Ashley Greene (who plays Alice Cullen) said that William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired the wedding.

Author and co-producer Stephenie Meyer has revealed in past interviews that the book drew inspiration from The Merchant of Venice as well. Facebook users can sign Bella and Edward’s wedding guest book before the film’s November 20th release date. (via CinemaBlend.com)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Theatrical Trailer Released

A full theatrical trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 has been unveiled.

The trailer has already received more than fifty-eight thousand “likes” on the movie’s official Facebook page, We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

The trailer has been released in bite-sized pieces. Back in June, the MTV Movie Awards featured a two-minute teaser trailer. Just last week, Entertainment Weekly released a sixteen-second snippet from the theatrical trailer. (via Shelf Awareness)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Teaser Released

On June 5th, the first trailer for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will air during the MTV Movie Awards. WARNING: The video embedded above and this post contain Twilight spoilers.

Fans can watch this 15-second clip advertising the awards show, getting a glimpse of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan‘s wedding. What do you think?

When screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg spoke with MTV last year, she described the premises behind each Breaking Dawn movie: “The first half is really about Bella as a human and a newlywed and then pregnant, and the second half is about her as a vampire and a parent, so somewhere in that transition is where the break is.”

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‘Twilight: The Graphic Novel’ Volume 2 to Be Released in the Fall

Yen Press will release the second volume of Twilight: The Graphic Novel in October. 

Both the ebook and hardcover format will sell for $19.99. The publisher has ordered 350,000 copies for the first printing.

Young Kim illustrated both volumes. Volume one featured chapters one through thirteen of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. Comicsbeat.com reported that the first volume sold 66,000 copies during in one week.

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Photo Released on Twitter

Director Bill Condon released a photo from the movie set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn on Twitter last week. The suggestive post generated nearly 580 comments.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was the first official photo from the shoot. Part one of the movie adaptation will be released on November 18, 2011.

The novel Breaking Dawn was released in 2008. Author Stephenie Meyer cited two Shakespeare plays, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as influences for the story. Below, some spoiler-filled speculation about what the image represents.

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Twilight Tourism and Stephenie Meyer Day

twilighthotel.jpgAs the literary world braces for the midnight multiplex release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon adapted from Stephenie Meyer‘s mega-bestseller, GalleyCat caught up with one reporter who went straight into the heart of Twilight darkness–celebrating Stephenie Meyer Day in Forks, Washington.

Journalist and author Jeff Gordinier wrote a long essay for Details magazine about visiting the real-life town made famous by the fictional Twilight saga. We asked the obvious question. Do the local hate these 60,000 new literary tourists? “In the course of three full days there, I didn’t encounter a single resident who snickered at the ravenous squealing Twihards. Everyone was thrilled about it! Believe me, the people who live in Forks are grateful,” he replied via email, sharing two photographs of the trip.

Gordinier concluded: “Meyer has saved their town. Before the Twilight craze, Forks truly was trapped in the realm of the undead–the logging business had cratered. The vampire phenomenon has turned Forks into a magnet for Twilight pilgrims, which means that the local motels and souvenir shops are perpetually packed, and revenue is pouring in. Nobody in Forks (nor at the Quileute reservation out at La Push beach) seemed even the tiniest bit jaded about that. They’re welcoming the fanatics with open arms.”

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Twilight Tattoos

twilighttat.jpgLiterary tattoos require a powerful commitment to a book, a few readers exhibit such blockbuster dedication as Twilight fans.

As the highly anticipated release of Twilight: New Moon nears this weekend, The Daily Beast studied the novel’s fans who actually tattoo parts of the book on their bodies. The photo montage captures everything from full length page tattoos to tattooed autographs.

Here’s more about the tattoo pictured here: “Erica Collins found and loved a quote from New Moon, the saga’s second installment, before she even heard of the Twilight series. Edward Cullen tells Bella Swan, ‘Before you, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars–points of light and reason,’ a phrase which now adorns this fan’s back.”