Stephenie MeyerI'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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