First off, thank you to everyone who commented on Friday’s post about Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James rejecting the Twilight fandom back when she was Snowqueens Icedragon! I heard from Snowqueens’ peers in fandom, with accounts both defending and deriding her, not to mention links to other articles and work that provide more context for this controversy. I’m still working through the comment thread to continue the conversation, but in the meantime I wanted to share something hilarious that a reader sent to me last week.
This past March, fanfic author somethingnew89 published a story in Fanfiction.net’s Harry Potter section called 50 Shades of Malfoy. In the author’s note, she (I’m assuming, since most fic writers are female) wrote,
This story is the work of E.L James and her trilogy 50 Shades of Grey. I recently read the books and thought that the original characters would do so well as Dramione. So this is not my work I’m just admiring someone else’s great idea and using Draco and Hermione instead.
And the fic… is 50 Shades of Grey, but with Christian and Anastasia replaced with Draco and Hermione. Aside from a few other name changes, it’s a word-for-word copy of Snowqueens’ original Twilight fic Master of the Universe—down to being set in Washington.
It’s utterly hilarious. Such a brief bit of parody that took no time but hit home for the Twilight fandom: There’s a debate in the comments between people who praise somethingnew89 for clearly mocking E.L. James’ questionable rise to fame, and those who accuse the author of plagiarizing Fifty Shades of Grey—even though this exercise shows that at most somethingnew89 copied a fanfic that itself should have very little protection since it’s a derivative work. Plus, she gave all credit to James/Snowqueens; she never pretended like anything in here was original.
Most tellingly, this sharp little joke got E.L. James’ attention. On April 14, Snowqueens Icedragon — who has removed all of her fics from Ff.n — commented on the fic: This is my story that you are plagiarising. Please remove it. Funny how she says nothing else, and how she used the screen name that she dropped in order to be known in the mainstream as E.L. James.
Unfortunately, somethingnew89 hasn’t updated the fic since April 1 (interesting timing), and the joke may be played out. Too bad, since we didn’t even get to see Draco Malfoy tie up Hermione Granger and have his way with her. How ever will we be able to experience those hot sex scenes?