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50 Shades as Fan Fiction: An Author’s View

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.