The Fifty Shades Series has taken the world by storm over the past couple months (my thoughts on that is a different blog entry altogether 🙂 ).It has been said that the author E.L James has made a cool 50 million dollars from the sales of the books The series has sold millions upon millions of copies, the movie rights have been bought and Victoria Beckham has gifted the book to her mother! There are camps set up on which actor should be selected to play the role of Christian Grey – with team Ian Somerhalder and team Matt Bomer being the loudest.
And of course, there’s the controversy that’s been surrounding the trilogy. The Fifty Shades Series originally called Master of the Universe started in this world as a Twilight fan fiction. The tormented Christian Grey was in fact based on Edward Cullen. If you thought that Anastasia Steele’s ‘door matty’, ‘more emotions than sense’ attitude felt like you knew her from somewhere else… you probably did – Bella Swan. Penguin Imprints has recently ordered 500 000 copies of another Twilight inspired fanfic and the mumbles are now becoming louder.
I’ve been thinking about this for a while. Despite Bella being reincarnated (as annoying as ever) as Anastasia Steel, James put together (at least at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey – I wasn’t inspired to move on to Fifty Shades Darker) a different plot in a different genre altogether. We’ve had so many movies which were parodies of great works like Pride and Prejudice, the Taming of the Shrew and the like. Writers are inspired by the most mundane things every day from News Articles to the conversation of the persons in front of us in the bank (and no, I wasn’t eavesdropping 😉 ). Additionally there are many authors who have admitted to being heavily inspired by the works of other authors. Am I wrong to think that E.L James might be getting too much flack where this saga is concerned? Where should the inspiration line be drawn?