Having ensnared the reading world in its erotic pages, the romance “Fifty Shades of Grey” has hit record-breaking highs at the top of the bestseller list. Yet as the book was initially fan fiction inspired by the love story in “Twilight,” how do the two top novels compare?
In a recent interview this week with Stephenie Meyer, author of the popular “Twilight Saga,” she reveals her thoughts on the new reading phenomenon, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” While she hasn’t delved too deeply into the series yet, Meyer does applaud fellow author E.L. James for her literary work.
Already casting rumors in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie
Just as fans of “Twilight” waited anxiously for the coming of the movie adaptations—with the final installment, “Breaking Dawn: Part 2,” expected late 2012—so too is talk buzzing about the inevitable film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Without the steamy action that lies between the sheets—er, pages—“Fifty Shades of Grey” traces the passionate love affair of businessman Christian Grey and college student Ana Steele. While their affair begins as only a physical connection, the two soon discover a deeper love for one another.
In a similar path of “Twilight,” the beautiful heroine does not know if she is ready for what her forbidden lover has hidden in his past. Although differences do exist, so too are there great similarities between “Twilight’s” aloof Edward Cullen and awkward Bella Swan with these new star characters.
Fans of the erotic books are already wondering who will be cast as the sexy male lead with the debonair smile, Christian Grey. At the same time, others ask who would best play the role of the lovely, innocent Anastasia Steele? These are all key parts of the trilogy to find out, though what writer Stephenie Meyer says about the book is equally interesting.
Stephenie Meyer speaks her mind on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
In a recent interview with MTV News on “The Host,” Meyer revealed that she does not know a lot about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” fandom. However, she encourages James in her writing and other aspiring authors.
Meyer said, “I haven’t read it. I mean that’s not really my genre, not my thing. I’ve heard about it—I haven’t really gotten into it that much.”
Yet the “Twilight” creator still believes that James would have written her bestselling novel with or without her own book’s inspiration. “It might not exist in the exact form that it’s in … James had a story in her, and so it would’ve come out in some other way.”
Whether it be in the form of fan fiction or creative writing, there certainly seems to be a natural spark that leads these groundbreaking authors to such success and wide readership through their books.