Eighteen year old Abigail Gibbs landed a six-figure deal with HarperCollins this week. Her book, The Dark Heroine, reportedly started life on inspiration from Twilight. Another one
I’m in two minds about this emerging trend. Good on authors like Gibbs and E. L. James for succeeding, and boy do I wish I got six-figure advances for my books. The other half says – well, isn’t this close to leeching off somebody else’s creativity? I mean, it’s ironic; these are books about vampires, yet the inspiration trail itself seems to be a kind of literary vampirism. I’m not surprised it’s taken off, though. Trends do rise and fall; and publishers are going where the money is.
Which is a problem for me. I haven’t been able to bring myself to read Twilight. The world is full of real vampires, one way and another (I don’t mean undead blood suckers, either – think about it) and the human condition offers us more than enough horror. We don’t need to imagine more.
But maybe I should check it out. Mills and Boon. With blood. And fat advances for writers. Hmmn…
What do you think? Would you write a book like this? Are you going to read Gibbs’ book? Have you ever read Twilight? Or contemplated fan-fiction based on it? And do you think novels ultimately derived from fan-fic are vampirising other writers?
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