• Thu, Oct 11 2012

Cancel The Fifty Shades Of Grey Movie, Law & Order:SVU Covered Everything Last Night

Has anyone caught this hot new show Law & Order: SVU? It’s this super awesome crime series that focuses on the horrors of rape, murder and sexual abuse in an incredibly entertaining format. Oh and it’s usually based in a very vague way on a completely true story just to really drive the tragedy home. I don’t want to say it’s fun for the whole family, but I also don’t want to lie to you. The 26th season of Law & Order: SVU is the 7th Heaven of 2012. You heard it here first, and probably nowhere else ever.

So last night the always topical show dove into the Fifty Shades of Grey mania that’s currently sweeping our country. Or “whipping our country into submission” as someone who’s never read the book but knows a thing or two about looking up BDSM sex on Wikipedia  might say.

While I planned on transcribing the entire episode and sharing it with you today, my only notes are “anal fissures” and that’s all you really need to know about this episode. It uses the word anal fissures in reference to Vada Sultenfuss, looks like my girl (our girl?) is all grown up now.

And in the L&O Universe, she’s successful author Jocelyn Paley who’s outsold E.L James with her book 25 Acts. So naturally she gets raped by a talk show host. Such is life when you guest star on this show.

But then, just when the episode started to feel like any old episode of Law & Order, they got real controversial by accusing Jocelyn Paley of plagiarism. In case you’re not following the real life behind-the-scenes Fifty Shades of Grey drama, E.L James commonly gets accused of stealing her story from the Twilight saga. In fact, many people say she originally wrote the book online as Twilight fan fiction — and then pulled all the evidence when she sold it as a real book .

So actually, bravo SVU, you actually did write a story pulled from the headlines (of a ton of fan forums).

In the episode we find out that Jocelyn Paley’s professor wrote the book and then paid Jocelyn to promote it as her own — because the professor’s a respected academic and could never attach her name to such filth. They all come clean in an effort to put the rapist behind bars and the episode ends with the vague moral that you shouldn’t plagiarize. Hear that E.L James!?

You just got called out by everyone’s favorite lazy Sunday marathon show.

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  • Being informed

    Ok so I understand that you haven’t read the Fifty Shades of Grey books. So
    how would you know that the show covered everything? My advice to you is to
    read the books before you start talking bad about a series or an author. Do
    your research please.

    Secondly, all writers get inspired by one thing or the other. Just because
    E.L. James was inspired by Twilight does not mean that she plagiarized. If you
    had read the books you would know that because they are quite a bit different,
    besides there are several authors that have been inspired by the Twilight
    books. How else do you explain the extreme popularity of vampires since they
    became a success?

    So maybe you should take some time and read a little fifty shades before you
    go bashing people. Maybe you should read Twilight to then. Then write a blog
    about it knowing that you are informed.

    Sincerely,
    Being informed

    • nataliecrush

      I didn’t see the SVU episode unfortunately, but I have read Fifty Shades and kept up on all the Twilight issues. I think that using plagiarism on a primetime TV show as an analog for E.L. James stealing the characters of Edward and Bella (which I would argue she does) illustrates the issue without going into all the fandom stuff that might not make sense to viewers.

    • nataliecrush

      I didn’t see the SVU episode unfortunately, but I have read Fifty Shades and kept up on all the Twilight issues. I think that using plagiarism on a primetime TV show as an analog for E.L. James stealing the characters of Edward and Bella (which I would argue she does) illustrates the issue without going into all the fandom stuff that might not make sense to viewers.

    • kele

      Stephanie requested that she change the names (from E & B) when the fan fiction story was called Master of the Universe.

    • nataliecrush

      I didn’t know that Stephenie ever responded? Even so, the fact that James used the context of Edward and Bella’s relationship (and the shorthand of their dynamic, and the Twilight fanbase) for Christian and Ana doesn’t sit well with me.

    • kele

      Maybe she didn’t out right respond, but, I do remember reading that she wished for the names to be changed because that wasn’t who E & B were (conflicted with the brand). Keleigh D. Felder
      Memento Amori, (remember to love)

    • nataliecrush

      Ahhh OK! I’d always wondered if she’d reacted in any way–thanks! Do you know if she spoke out against other Twific, or just Fifty Shades because it got so famous?

    • kele

      I don’t… It would be interesting to know, though.
      Keleigh D. Felder
      Memento Amori, (remember to love)

    • Jenni

      I guess I just find being uninformed so much better for discussion! It’s like easier to debate things when you can make up all the facts. You know?

    • Lo

      Information, eh? Check out Jennifer Armintrout’s Fifty Shades summaries.

      As for vampires, they didn’t get popular. Angsty twinkly Gap models got popular.

  • Do Your Research

    E.L. James has openly said that she wrote FSOG as Twilight fan fiction. How is she hiding anything? Having read both series I can confidently say that there’s no plagiarism in FSOG at all.

    • nataliecrush

      Yeah, we never said there’s any plagiarism in Fifty Shades. But the characters are rather similar.

    • Lo

      There’s nothing she can be sued for – that or Meyer didn’t try. But swap out ‘vampire’ for ‘billionaire’, up the age rating a bit, and it’s Twilight, plot and characters*. I’d be mad if this terrible series wasn’t ripping off another terrible series. (And if Devil’s Brand survives, the legal ripoff chain will have third link).

      *again, I recommend Jennifer Armintrout’s page-by-page summaries.

    • Lo

      whups, ‘a third link.’

  • Sarah

    Who cares if it was fanfic to begin with or not? The writing is absolutely horrendous and it’s a dangerous representation of a BDSM (or any) relationship. It’s romanticized stalking, manipulation, and rape, and some of the shit they do in there could seriously hurt an actual person attempting to imitate it. Even if you don’t want to admit to that, the sex scenes aren’t even good. You can find erotica 100x times better online for free and probably written by a 15-year-old.

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  • Steph

    I think they copied the Fifty shades books, but who does’nt when you have one of the hottest books out there that’s being made into a movie Law & Order SVU Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey http://fiftyshadesofgreyfanclub.com/law-order-svu-inspired-by-fifty-shades-of-grey/