Fifty Shades Of Wool: Film Studios Enter Bidding War Over Next Big, Self-pubbed Novel

Is Wool the next 50 Shades?

Via Deadline:

With the lengthy list of movies based on high-profile books coming to theaters (The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit, Paddington Bear), here's one that probably flew under your radar: Wool. This novel series—set in a dystopian future where Earth's last inhabitants band together in bunkers—is currently facing a stampede of bidders vying for rights, and as of today, 20th Century Fox looks ready to acquire them.

Never heard of it? While a self-published eBook released last year might not sound impressive, it has received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon and become quite the internet sensation. Some have even described it as "the sci-fi version of Fifty Shades of Grey"—the parallel being drawn for the buzz generated about the book, not the adult content or tedious structure. (One day you will be mine, boring alien lady porn. One day.)

Sadly, I haven't read Wool yet. Does it have what it takes to become the next big thing?

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Daniel Brophy from Taunton, MA is reading The Power of One May 14, 2012 - 10:45am

About to read it today. Didn't know it was a big deal; seemed like it'd be a good book.

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h. l. nelson from Austin, TX is reading Carlos Castaneda May 14, 2012 - 10:55am

I bought it recently due to my friends' and Amazon's rave reviews. We shall see.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life May 14, 2012 - 10:55am

It would make the story that much cooler if the books were actually good.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz May 14, 2012 - 11:42am


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misterwoe from Kansas but living in Athens, Greece is reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer, A Wolverine is Eating My Leg by Tim Cahill May 14, 2012 - 12:11pm

Only 56 pages?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. May 14, 2012 - 3:45pm

Dave, is that pink hair?

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Jill Martin Clements May 14, 2012 - 7:17pm

Yes, I've read them all, and they are phenomenal.  Yes, they have what it takes to be the next big thing.  Want to know why?  Great stories, well written, with stunning character development.  This series is astoundingly good, and of a much, much higher calibre than Fifty Shades of Grey.  I tried to read Fifty Shades to know what the fuss was about, but the writing was so abysmal that I was forced to give up pretty quickly.  

The comparison between WOOL and Fifty Shades was made on one blog because of the similarity of the surprise success of an independently published work.  Somehow, that got picked up by many other writers as some indication that the books themselves were similar.  They're not.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer May 14, 2012 - 7:50pm

I bought all five of them. Looking forward to reading them.