Everyone — Twilight Has Been Ripped Off Enough
9:30 am, November 9th | by Laura Donovan
As we gear up for the final film installment of the wildly popular “Twilight” saga, we have to come to terms with the fact that amateurs are still trying to bank big time off Stephenie Meyer’s profitable idea. At first it was “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, and now it’s Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who just scored a Simon & Schuster book deal for their “Twilight” fan fic novel, “The Office,” which, according to The Mary Sue, “reimagined the Edward Cullen-Bella Swan relationship as a steamy love/hate romance between a boss and his assistant.” Just what we need, another Edward-Bella dynamic. Aren’t those two enough???
The Mary Sue points out that “The Office” was successful before “Fifty Shades” and has been around for a while, but that only underscores the fact that “Twilight” copycats aren’t new. Many are so quick to trash Meyer’s “Twilight” and claim that it promotes bad relationships and champions weak-willed women, and while that argument is certainly valid, many other aspiring writers are still trying to milk whatever they can out of the successful vampire brand. One “Twilight” is all we need, and just because the franchise is finally ending doesn’t mean there’s room for more wannabes to come out with their own versions of the love story. If you want to write books, take some creative writing classes, do a few writing exercises, or seek the advice and assistance of scholars. Don’t scour Meyer’s works and see how you can poach her storytelling abilities.