If I ever meet MTV interviewer Josh Horowitz, I am going to fan girl on him so hard. He always manages to ask celebrities the questions we really want to know, but most interviewers would be afraid to ask. He got Angelina Jolie to explain the meaning of her tattoos, he offended Kate Hudson by asking her if there really was a portrait of A-Rod as a centaur over A-Rod’s bed, and he played “name that dong” with Michael Fassbender, in which he had Fassie identify actors by their dicks alone, with hilarious results. He asked him questions like “When did you know you had a celebrity p3nis?”
This one isn’t as amazing as all that, but it’s still an inspired question. Horowitz was talking to Twilight and The Host author Stephenie Meyer, and he asked Meyer what she thought of 50 Shades of Grey. The series of course started out as Twilight fan fiction from a British lady frustrated by the lack of sex scenes in the young adult novels. Author EL James changed the names and repackaged the story and the rest is history.
I’ll be honest, I was hoping for more controversy here. Meyer was gracious about the series, and simply said she hadn’t read it because it wasn’t her thing. But Fark labeled their link for this story “Stephenie Meyer criticizes Fifty Shades of Grey, says it’s not her thing because it’s poorly written romance.” It would have been awesome to see a Meyer vs. E.L. James argument play out in the press, because you know James would be like “whatever, I know my writing sucks, it’s cool.” I’ve only seen one interview with James and she was freaking awesome. But alas Meyer was pretty decent about the whole thing. Here’s more:
“Fifty Shades of Grey” seems to be on everyone’s mind lately. How will they make NC-17 reading material into an R-rated film? Who will take on the role of the timid Ana Steele? And, most importantly, who will be cast as Christian Grey, the sexy leading man? Those all are important questions, but the one query we were itching to have answered is: What does “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer think of the book? E L James’ trilogy started out as “Twilight” fan fiction, after all.
When MTV News caught up with the writer on the set of “The Host,” she told us she doesn’t know much about “Fifty Shades,” but she supports James in her endeavor.
“I haven’t read it. I mean, that’s really not my genre, not my thing,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve heard about it; I haven’t really gotten into it that much. Good on her — she’s doing well. That’s great!”
“Fifty Shades” follows the sadomasochistic affair of college graduate Ana Steele and dominant billionaire Christian Grey. Their relationship begins as a purely physical attraction, but as they become engrossed in each other and start to fall in love, Ana realizes Christian’s past might not be something she wants to uncover. Christian represents Edward Cullen, a brooding, self-deprecating and impossibly good-looking man with a few secrets, while Ana is an adaptation of the clumsy and shy Bella Swan. Without Meyer’s novel, “Fifty Shades” might not exist.
“It might not exist in the exact form that it’s in,” Meyer said. “Obviously, [James] had a story in her, and so it would’ve come out in some other way.”
But James isn’t the only writer who gained Meyer’s support. “The Host” author mentioned being a “super fan” of Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games.”
“I’m just excited for anything that they do,” she said. “I was really excited they were turning it into a movie. Of course, then you have that, ‘Are they gonna screw it up?’ ’cause it’s so awesome, but they didn’t; it’s awesome. I’m really looking forward to the next one. I have fingers crossed for a couple of casting choices.”
Once she revealed she had actors in mind, we had to ask her pick for the beloved District 4 tribute, Finnick Odair: “Taylor Kitsch,” she said, stating her choice. “Is there another option?”
When our correspondent Josh Horowitz mentioned he spoke to Kitsch, and the actor said he’s not interested in the role, Meyer was more than a little disappointed, saying, “You’re breaking my heart.”
See she was nice about 50 Shades, and she was nice about The Hunger Games. I think she’s so repressed that she’ll never read 50 Shades, and that’s fine, that’s what the whole premise of Twilight was about. You can have sex, but you have to wait until marriage and then you’ll die afterwards.
Disclosure: I’ve read the Twilight books but I haven’t read 50 Shades yet. My mom has read all three and has given me TMI about how sexy they are. Kaiser read the first book and said it sucked royally. I thought the Twilight series was ok. I got through them because I wanted to see what happened, although the dialogue did make me roll my eyes a lot, as did the movies.
Also, Meyer is doing interviews because she’s promoting The Host, a movie based on her second book series. It’s filming now and is out next year. Pajiba has the teaser trailer and it looks SO BAD, like a 90s Michael Jackson video. I should just write a book already. This lady gives me a lot of hope.
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