“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.”