The author Jodi Picoult, interviewed in the New York Times Magazine:
What did you, an author of serial No. 1 best sellers, make of “50 Shades of Grey”?
E. L. James has been upfront about the fact that this was “Twilight” fan fiction. As a writer, I find it pretty reprehensible that someone who began a story cycle with somebody else’s created characters would go on to make gobs of money off those characters simply by slapping new names on them. Honestly, if I were Stephenie Meyer, I wouldn’t have been that gracious.