Fan Fic Friday: ‘The Fallout’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Duty Weapon’

Happy Friday Fic-lovers! Annie is taking a week off (she’s writing! Squee!) so you’ll have to put up with solo me. This was an exciting week in our Fan Fic Friday corner. I’ve been waiting, for what feels like a very long time, for a certain story to complete. Well it did and I’ve been immersed all week and it was so worth the wait. 🙂 As if that wasn’t enough, we received our first reader submitted fic. So exciting to have the fic come to us. 😉 Especially when it’s such a lovely read. Shall we dive in?

First up, nuclear war, dangerous Districts and the possible end of the Cullen family as we know it? Have you read…

The Fallout by OCDindeed

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Review: Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

 Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

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Not since we were first introduced to Butch did I want so badly, a secondary character to have their own story in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I liked Manny from the moment we were first introduced to him, regardless of the fact that he was possible competition for Jane’s affection. There was something very appealing about his character, and the way he cared for Jane was so swoony and sweet. When he learned of Jane’s you-know-what (and if you don’t know, READ IT) at the end of Lover Unbound, I cried my eyes out for him. Yep… the dreaded, snot-sobbing ugly cry. He already seemed like such a lonely person, even with Jane’s friendship, and once Jane was taken from him he seemed even more forlorn. I had a feeling that wouldn’t be the last we’d see of him and I’m so glad I was right. Let’s jump into Payne and Manny’s story, shall we?

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My Book Boyfriend: V’Lane

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When I read the Fever series for the first time I had a love/hate relationship with V’lane.

Yes, he’s incredibly sexy as hell, and yes I can’t even imagine being around someone…or something… that is so utterly beautiful…let alone has the power to give O’s with a look, a touch…YOWZA! How is that even fair?!? I think my reluctance to fully embrace him at first was based on 2 factors. The 1st is that I’m a Jericho Barrons gurl all the way, and I was from the get go. The 2nd reason was because I didn’t trust either of them for the longest time, but I trusted Barrons more. I knew that both of them wanted something from Mac, but something in my gut told me that JZB really cared for her on a deeper level. Was I right or wrong?!? Y’all know I’m not gonna answer that in case there are peeps who haven’t read the series yet.

Upon subsequent readings I have made my peace with V’lane, and decided that he most assuredly deserved to get a turn at being my book boyfriend…so here goes…

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Entertainment Weekly talks to E.L.James

This is a reprint of an online article from Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum:

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie deal: E L James speaks — EXCLUSIVE

Anastasia Steele, the pliant, pretty heroine of the red-hot erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, likes her man, Christian Grey, because he’s sexually forceful. But the author of the surprise best-seller, who goes by the pseudonym E L James, sold the movie rights to her trilogy to Universal Studios and Focus Films because they made her laugh — especially Focus president of production Jeb Brody. “I really like clever men who challenge you,” said James by telephone from Los Angeles today, just before returning home to London, “and with Jeb, I thought, yeah, I can work with that!”

Universal and Focus are rumored to have paid in the neighborhood of $5 million.

Even dazed and bemused after a whirlwind week in Hollywood with her agent, Valerie Hoskins, entertaining pitches from eager movie studio executives, James’s funny, earthy, grounded personality comes through — and so does her practicality. “We went with Focus because they have a great background in handling difficult material,” and also because the studio gave the author the approvals she wanted, including script and casting. “This makes me sound like a control freak, doesn’t it?” she acknowledged with a laugh.

As for negotiating all the tricky bits pertaining to the books’ extremely graphic, kinky sex, James says, “I think that’s going to be a collaborative process. That’s a big word in Hollywood, isn’t it — PRO-cess.” Along the way, too, the fortysomething wife and mother of two teenage sons demonstrated a forcefulness that her dark hero Christian Grey might admire. “We always said that if we didn’t find a fit, we’d pack our bags and go home. Seriously. We’d have a wonderful week in Hollywood and go home,” she said. “But also, look, life is not a dress rehearsal. I didn’t want to get to be 90 and say, why didn’t I try something? This is a great opportunity. And I took it.”

Review: The Host by Stephenie Meyer

 Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.

When Melanie, one of the few remaining “wild” humans, is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Wanderer probes Melanie’s thought, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer’s mind with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she has been tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous and uncertain search for the man they both love.

I remember reading this book right after finishing the Twilight series and loving it all the same. When I picked up “The Host” to read, I wasn’t sure it would capture me as much as Twilight had done( if it wasn’t still obvious, I love the Twilight series) , and I didn’t want to get my hopes up.  Well, I was wrong.

To me, “The Host” was a real page-turner and quite an emotional roller coaster ride. Stephenie Meyer was able to create another beautiful world with alluring and interesting characters that lured me in completely.

This is a sci-fi kind of story, totally different from Meyer’s previous work, and I was pleased to see that Meyer shifts  from one genre to another with great ease and she always holds the reader’s attention till the end. Or at least, this is what happens to me when I read her books and “The Host” was no exception.

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Universal Wins Fifty Shades Bid…

From Deadline New York came news this morning about the bidding by movie studios for the movie rights to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Below is a reprint of the article by Mike Fleming

Universal Pictures And Focus Features Win ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

By MIKE FLEMING

EXCLUSIVE: Ending the wildest book-to-movie auction in recent and distant memory, Universal Picturesand Focus Features have acquired screen rights to E.L. James’ steamy novel Fifty Shades Of Grey. Focus Features will market and distribute the film in partnership with Universal, whose co-chairman Donna Langley heavily pursued the book.

I’d heard that 10 studio chiefs sweat it out all weekend to get the rights to this book about a 21-year-old college student who starts a relationship with a late-20s wealthy and handsome entrepreneur who leads her partner into an S&M and bondage deal where she is his submissive and keeps his emotions repressed. The relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey deepens in Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. 

I’m not hearing a specific winning bid amount, but I think if you go back to The Da Vinci Code, which sold for around $3 million or a bit higher against 3.5% of gross, this is comparable to what Universal has paid for Fifty Shades of Grey. The author and agent set approvals over things like script, director and lead cast, but they did not insist on a quick progress to production or even a guarantee that all three films would be made. Instead, their priority was to take their time and get it right as they target this love story explored through sexual politics, aimed at women 25-65. Universal looked at the property as an IP as opposed to simply a book. Clearly, the author and her agent weren’t looking to take the money and run.

Related:
Will Steamy Novel ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Climax In 7-Figure Deal?
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All the heavy hitters were into this one, talking to one another and scrambling for any kind of advantage on the weekend with the author and her agent, Valerie Hoskins. This after the two spent a week in Hollywood meeting suitors and producers. They then went into radio silence all weekend while rumors of whopping bids surfaced with upfront sums like $4 million or better against first-dollar gross in the 5% neighborhood. That is big money, but the book is an undisputed grassroots e-book publishing phenomenon. Those numbers can be made to work because the movie can be made for around $30 million. In essence, bidders considered the book trilogy to be the star, and were willing to pay a star salary for an adult R-rated franchise. All of this culminated as The Hunger Games established itself as a powerhouse book to movie franchise, and it created a perfect storm.

Everybody knew all along that James and Hoskins were going to get paid, so this was not at all about getting the biggest payday. In fact, there were bigger offers on the table that the author could have taken and didn’t. I’m told that one thing that swayed the bidding was this: the author and agent got the prestige track record of James Schamus’ Focus Features, backed by the guaranteed passion of Langley, who chased this one hard. That means this was getting the full attention from all of Universal. The author and agent did a similar thing when they set Fifty Shades of Grey up with a publisher. They chose Random House because they wanted the backing and bucks of a big publishing house with a Vintage imprint that gives the trilogy the chance to be regarded as literature and not some trashy sex novel.

Going into the weekend, the studios and monied producers bidding included Warner Bros, Paramount, Fox 2000, Sony Pictures, Universal, Paramount, New Regency, Mandate and Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment, and then Harvey Weinstein got into it hard as it came down to not money but rather which studio made the best presentation and had the creative track record, something that Weinstein was selling hard, I’d heard.

This comes after the author, a former TV exec from London, and her agent, who runs VHA in London, met studios, monied production companies and producers over the past week before sending out their requests.

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Personally I’m happy to see that there was a major focus by Ms. James and Ms. Hoskins to retain some control over script, director, and lead cast.
So…whatcha think?!?
Tamie Xo