When Twilight first became famous in 2008, never did I imagine that I would have multiple reasons to defend its author Stephenie Meyer. But in the past four years, I’ve been compelled to write semi-favorably about her three times:
1) Upon reading through her website, I found the “deleted scenes” that didn’t make it into her novel but that she’d published online anyway, and I was touched. Not every author will share these little extras with fans.
2) I think the movie adaptation of her sci-fi novel The Host could actually be OK.
3) It was her idea to rewrite Twilight from Edward Cullen’s perspective, and E.L. James shouldn’t try to copy her.
In a move that surprises no one, James is looking for more ways to make money off the already questionable success of her erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Celebuzz got the scoop from a fan who asked James, at a reading, if she would consider rewriting Fifty Shades from the point of view of billionaire Dom/every girl’s wet dream Christian Grey. James decided to try and rope in the Beliebers by responding, “Never say never.”
So, not a solid confirmation. But it’s annoying! Because not only has James stolen Stephenie Meyer’s characters and pre-established relationships in turning her fanfic Master of the Universe into Fifty Shades, but she’s literally following the Twilight author step-by-step. Back in 2008, Meyer was working on an epic novel called Midnight Sun, which retold the events of the first Twilight book through Edward’s eyes. That’s right, we got insight into all those times he would physically recoil from Bella—and if you thought she mooned over him, well, the feelings of inferiority were mutual.
However, when a partial draft was illegally published online, Meyer called off the project. She gave fans the small gift of releasing a pdf of what she’d already written, but it came with the major guilt-trip that because of one of her friends leaking the manuscript, she would never complete the entire novel.
Then what’s the problem? you might argue. Midnight Sun was never finished. And anyway, it’d be interesting to read Fifty Shades from the perspective of an actually confident character. True! It would be a lot more bearable if it weren’t a repetition of “I bite my lip. Christian grabs my chin. ‘I want to bite that lip,’ he said. My inner goddess did the samba.” WAIT, THE INNER GODDESS WOULD BE GONE. This is becoming a more tempting prospect with each passing minute…
No. This is just too much copycatting for my tastes. What I would love to see is for E.L. James to try her hand at a novel completely divorced from Twilight. So that means no sci-fi thrillers about body-snatching aliens!