'Beautiful Bastard' vs. 'Fifty Shades': How Similar Are They
Has Christian Grey been dethroned as the steamiest Edward Cullen-inspired character? "Beautiful Bastard" by Christina Lauren (which is the pen name of writers Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings) is the latest "Twilight" fan fic-turned-novel (formerly known to more than 2 million online readers as "The Office")--but don't expect it to be the same BDSM-filled fantasy. Bookish breaks down what you can expect and what you definitely won’t see in "Beautiful Bastard"--and how it differs from blockbuster bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey."
A sexy, strong leading man
Like Christian Grey, Bennett Ryan is a wealthy executive known for his steely good looks. And yep, both characters were inspired by Stephenie Meyer's Edward Cullen. Bennett is the beautiful bastard named in the title, and you can expect that for part of the book, his personality will match the description. Even though he can be a jerk, a la Grey, readers will still find appeal in his prowess.
The "Fifty Shades" cover with the silk tie is as recognizable as "Twilight's" apple. "Beautiful Bastard" also features a neck tie--attached to a sketch of a gentleman adjusting his cuff Don Draper-style.
A willing and able lady
So Anastasia succumbed to Christian's advances and even agreed to be his sub via signed contract. But Chloe Mills is more about balance--she likes being the one giving the orders in the bedroom as much as she delights in taking them.
A one-sided story
E L James tells her erotic trilogy through the eyes of one narrator--Anastasia. Add-on chapter aside, "Beautiful Bastard" has alternating chapters from the perspectives of Bennett and Chloe.
Working it out
In both stories, Anastasia and Chloe are seeking to grow professionally when they start their sexual relationships with their respective love interests.
Big city living
Seattle and Chicago (the setting of "Beautiful Bastard") both have unique local flavor--and their reputations for some gnarly weather conditions. But they have one more thing in common: Sex, lots of it.
Christian gives Anastasia a car--we give him points for the extravagance. Without giving too much away, Chloe often buys some sexy gifts for herself on the company dime… but Bennett can only blame himself for that.
A happy ending?
We can’t give away everything that happens in the books--and that's a good thing. "Beautiful Bastard" is set to be a series, with sequel "Beautiful Stranger" due this May.
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