Stephenie Meyer's '50 Shades of Grey' Comments Aren't Fooling Anyone (VIDEO)

Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer
I've been a huge Stephenie Meyer fan ever since the Twilight Saga first came out, but after hearing her comments about E. L. James' success with Fifty Shades of Grey in a recent interview, I definitely admire her even more.

When asked about the book & E L James, she said:

I haven't read it. I mean, that's really not my genre, not my thing. I've heard about it; I haven't really gotten into it that much. Good on her — she's doing well. That's great!

I mean, you'd think she'd be a little bit bitter about the fact that she poured her heart and soul into creating the eternal love connection between Edward Cullen & Bella Swan -- only to have their characters' identities spun into a couple of sex-crazed individuals whose connection is purely physical and nowhere near as interesting.

And even when she's told that Fifty Shades of Grey wouldn't exist without her, she gave the most gracious answer, and said that E. L. James' story would've come out in some other way regardless. Wow -- is Stephenie a classy woman or what? If my characters had been altered like that, I probably wouldn't have been quite as calm and nonchalant about it. But it's pretty evident that Stephenie hasn't let Twilight's success go to her head. Most authors wouldn't be able to remain that humble in a similar situation. (She HAS to be just a little bit miffed, right?)

But then again, even though Fifty Shades of Grey has taken over the "mommy porn" industry (not that there ever really was one), the notion of it ever being as big a phenomenon as Twilight is pretty hard to believe. Bella & Edward will always be Bella & Edward -- no matter how many times Anastasia Steele & Christian Grey try to give them a run for their money.

You can hear more of Stephenie's interview in the video clip below.


If you were Stephenie, would you be a little bit annoyed with the success of Fifty Shades of Grey?


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annis... annismom10

First to add a comment! Steph was being gracious, but she wouldve been called a jealous bitch if she said anything less. I LOVE THE TWILIGHT SAGA. But I just finished the 50 trilogy & I love it too. I know it started as twi-fan fiction, but I didnt know that til after the 1st book. I didnt go "oh its sooo bella & edward" cuz its not. She took a idea then developed her own deep characters. & just cuz ana & christian arent immortal doesnt make their love any less- if anything the sexual chemistry makes it more interesting. Interested to see where this debate goes

babyb... babybirch

Twilight is not a saga. A saga is a medieval narrative from Iceland detailing the life of a hero and his family over generations, or a similar long, detailed history of heroic achievements.

If Meyers doesn't like the books or isn't interested in reading them, I don't blame her, nor do I think that anyone would call her a 'jealous bitch' if she admitted to feeling that way about them. I'm not a prude by any means, but I am not at all interested in the creepily explicit "mom-porn" genre. I like a little vagueness and mystery when it comes to sex in literature.

Pat Powers

You sound like one of those clueless mainstream media types who have no idea what the culture of fanfic is like. Meyers has all sorts of reasons to be flattered that her work spawned something that is as successful as 50 Shades. It's a tribute to her work, even if it is something Meyers would never have written. Meyers' response is completely appropriate, and completely believable. Your response ... not so much.

babyb... babybirch

Pat Powers, if someone are not interested in or does not read fan-fiction, that does not in any way, shape, or form mean that they are clueless or mainstream. And plenty of people know about fan-fiction 'culture' but are still uninterested because 90% of it is either poorly written garbage, complete nonsense, highly disturbing, or a combination of the three.

V.b. Rock

Fifty Shades has noting to do with vampires. Please stop comparing. And, when the movie comes out - or, is being casted: NO VAMPIRES. OMG so cliche! Alex Pettyfer for Christian Grey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Ana. NO VAMPIRES!!!!!!!!!! So, annoying.

V.b. Rock

Sorry - spelling error but VIP:  Fifty Shades HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH VAMPIRES. And, Alex Pettyfer for Christian Grey role (you'll believe it after you see Magic Mike, ladies ;)

Go Alex!!!!!!!!!!!

nonmember avatar Chicky

But Vb Rock the book was spawned from Twilight, hence the comparison. You sound a little crazy, like a pre-teen that read her mom's books for the past week while she was at work. Meyers did a great job answering those questions. It's a nice thing for someone to be flattered by someone else drawing inspiration from your work, but ultimately you still feel very protective of it.

nonmember avatar Jan

Oh please people. If you didn't see Twilight all OVER Fifty Shades then you must have a reading comprehension problem. James didn't even try to disguise it or bother to add anything original to the story besides switching out vampires for the BDSM lifestyle. Ana is exactly like Bella - even her PARENTS are like Bella's parents. Jose IS Jacob, except he's Hispanic rather than Native American (still tanned and muscled though, since that was Jacob's biggest selling point). She even copied using classic British literature - Tess? Come on. Ohh...he's SO gorgeous and I'm SO plain (even though every guy within a five mile radius is in love with her JUST LIKE BELLA)! I fall down a lot and I'm pale and skinny and I blush all the time. He's so self assured with his perfect body and copper hair and graceful movements and his wealth and his piano-playing skills. He's such a stalkerish control freak but it's okay because he's a vampire and - oh wait a minute, Christian is NOT a vampire and has NO EXCUSE for being such a creeper.

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