Fifty Shades and 5 Other Films You Didn’t Know Were Fanfiction

Sure novels have been known to have spin-offs to original classic masterpieces, but what about novels that go a little bit beyond that?

Fifty Shades of Grey was originally called Master of the Universe and was first published online on

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know all about the BDSM relationship by tall, dark and handsome Mr. Grey, and you probably also know the story-turned-trilogy-turned movie was originally a fanfiction piece about Edward and Bella (yes, the main characters in Twilight).

And while E L James can’t take all the credit for erotica and fanfiction, we can admit Fifty Shades did bring to light just how much of our pop culture favourites stem from some AUs (alternate universes) of our favourite classic reads.



Does this one surprise you? For all you Austen fans out there, apparently this cult classic starring Alicia Silverstone originated from Emma. Insert Cher a modernized retelling of Emma, who believes she is sophisticated and sensible, more so than the rest. As for a gossiping town? What better way to portray it than with a high school.


She’s The Man

Just because it’s old and just because he’s dead, doesn’t mean Shakespeare’s work can’t be recreated into fan fiction – which is exactly what happened in She’s The Man.

It’s based off of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night where Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino (in this case, Duke is his title, not his first name), where Olivia falls in love with Viola (while the latter is disguised as a boy), and where Viola’s twin brother falls for Olivia.

All this 17th century story needed was Amanda Bynes, a 21st-century high school setting, Channing Tatum, and voila: fanfiction on screen.

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And continuing on with modernizing Shakespeare, it’s the classic rom-com starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles. This early 2000s classic was based off Taming of the Shrew. While the play has Petruchio trying to tame the “shrew” Katherina, the modern retelling has Patrick trying to get a date with Kate.



Of course, there’s also popular fanfiction surrounding modern day life. Take for instance this novel (originally written and posted on wattpad) by Anna Todd. It’s a story based off of One Direction (yes, you read that right) – but rather than the boys being a band, names have been changed, and they’re all friends at college.

And yes, this novel will be coming to a theatre near you.


Beautiful Bastard

If there’s one thing about fanfiction it’s that a lot of it involves smut: Beautiful Bastards is no exception. And, just like Fifty Shades, it too started from a a retelling of Twilight (clearly Meyers, just had enough in her original works to inspire such erotic stories). The novel by Christina Lauren, plays on a boss/employee relationship (sound familiar?) filled with sexual tension and dark themes.

And forget those web series, these books are making it to the big screen.

So yes, Fifty Shades fans, prepare for this one, too.

Hate it? Love it? What’s your take on the rise of fanfiction?

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  1. WOW, the only one I knew about was She’s the Man but I didn’t categorize it as fanfiction. I don’t think that fanfiction is so bad, it just depends on the plot and writing. So, the rise of fanfiction doesn’t bother me. Nice article!


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