Twilight Author Stephenie Meyer Dismisses 50 Shades as 'Smutty'
Though E.L. James' 50 Shades of Grey trilogy became a runaway success and, for better or worse, domesticated the idea of BDSM for many Midwesterners, the grandmother of the series Stephanie Meyer says the books are "smutty" and wants nothing to do with them, The Independent Reports.
In case there's someone out there who still doesn't know the backstory, 50 Shades spawned from Meyer's Twilight series as fan fiction. Substitute Christian and Anastasia for Edward and Bella and you have a pretty good idea of the sexual subtext James reads into those characters' relationship.
Not so! says Meyer. In an interview with The Guardian, the author states that she would never even read 50 Shades:
It’s so not my genre. Erotica is not something I read. I don’t even read romance…It’s too smutty. There’s a reason my books have a lot of innocence. That’s the sort of world I live in.
That 'innocence' refers to Edward and Bella's sex-free relationship prior to getting married, as well as overarching ideas toward love that, Meyer feels, is the exact opposite of the views expressed in James' work:
To me, true love is that you would hurt yourself before you would hurt your partner, you would do anything to make them happy, even at your own expense. There’s nothing selfish about true love.
These disapproving words contrast opinions expressed one year ago, when Meyer was supportive of James and the story she told. James has yet to respond to Meyers' criticism.
Is it possible Meyer was taken out if context? She's certainly entitled to her opinion, and much worse has been said about 50 Shades. Could this potentially alienate fans?
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