Stephenie Meyer issues apology, but is it too late?

Twifans.com has not  really covered the "I'm so over it" statement from Stephenie Meyer.  Main reason was we had hopes that Stephenie Meyer would say it was a misquote - which is something she has done in the past on her own website. Except according to the apology on her own website she wasn't misquoted, the words were said, but not conveyed the way Stephenie would have wanted.  For me it doesn’t matter how many words you wrap around the sword it still cuts when swung.

 



Like so many in the Fandom we have been going through the range of emotions that come with being shunned by your Queen.  While Stephenie Meyer says it was not meant to send Twifans reeling into Middle Earth the fans surely have been very vocal about her words.  Just reading through the hundreds of comments from Stephenie Meyer’s die hard fans you can see a range of emotion that ranged from denial, rage, heartbreak and disbelief.  

We understand your pain.  We have driven thousands of miles, bought countless tickets, stood in line for days to support her works.  We have seen fans travel from the other side of the World to support the movies, only to be turned away by security guards.  The fans have made a tremendous sacrifice supporting Stephenie Meyer, the fans feel as if they are the “it” in the “over it” statement.  

Here are some of the fans comments

Brandy Medford Grimes said, "I find it incredibly tacky of her to speak that way about Twilight seeing as though it has brought her where she is today. I think the way her and kristen both almost make fun of it in a way, brings the entire franchise and the fans a even more bad name. We, as Twihard, have a hard enough time defending our passion for this series without its creator making it seem like she is ashamed of it too."

Jason Genet wrote, “You would never hear Ronald McDonald say he was over McDonalds, even if he was opening up his new burger drive through. When you make it you should look back on your accomplishments with fond memories. Especially when standing on the back of your success. You want to be respected as a Producer? Produce a couple prolific films and we will ask you questions about those (see Martin Scorsese), Want us to rave about the Host and not mention Twilight? Stop asking Twilight fans to support you! The problem with that SM is that we are all you have cheering you on. There are no passionate Host fans that I have meet. When the world knows you because of what you accomplished don't expect them to ignore where you came from. Also why is it SM LOVED Twilight while the earnings were on the upswing she was all about Twilight (have a dress she sold to prove it) and now the sales are slowing she is OVER IT.George Lucas is a name we know because of Star Wars. He made other movies but was only given those chances because of Star Wars. The only reason SM is doing Jane Austen World is because when Twilight was at its height of popularity SM told everyone how much she loved Jane Austen. No one cares about SM without Twilight. Signed a husband who lost his wife for several years to these books she is over.”

Variety commenter igw22 writes,"Ms. Meyer: I will always be grateful for the Twilight books because it allowed me to make friendships that will last a lifetime. It also introduced me to Rob and Kristen and I will be a fan of their projects for as long as they choose to act. Perhaps you’re so secure in your wealth and fame that you don’t care how you sound to the people that took you to that magical position in life but I think it’s sad you want to be arrogant and condescending instead of appreciative and professional.

I promise you that I will never support another one of your projects since it’s gives you such pain and unhappiness once it is complete!"

This comment above really hit home for us here at Twifans.  We have written articles where it appeared Stephenie was over Twilight.  In this story she blames Twilight for The Host’s bad box office figures.  Also in this Story here she says The Host has done nothing wrong [like Twilight].  Even in this recent ‘Austenland’ interview she says there no shame in liking Jane Austen in comparison to Twilight.

If Twilight never happened the way it did and Stephenie Meyer was a producer and her first job was 'The Host,' Variety might not have even sat down with her for this now infamous interview.  Producers don't promote movies, authors, directors, and cast members do.  So why was Mrs. Meyer front and center at 'The Host' promotions and 'Austenland' press? For her 'Twilight' reach, that's why. She helped create a global phenomenon and she cannot expect people to just ignore that aspect of her career.  George Lucas still gets asked about ‘Star Wars’ decades later; it’s what he is famous for.

Another author, Jessica Burkhart, who coincidently is a Twilight fan decided to breakdown her feelings about the interview line by line.  It’s a great read.  It helped me wrap my head around it from another perspective.

One thing we have heard the fans say is they don’t care what she says they will forever support Stephenie Meyer.  The thing is are those fans really just saying, it is okay to be over us, we appreciate Twilight so much we will blindly support you even if you are over us?



We are curious to know your thoughts and feelings on the subject and Stephenie Meyers apology.  

Is this apology a PR response or genuine?  

Is it okay to be a fan or someone’s work and not so much a fan of it’s creator?  

Are you still SM’s biggest fan?

Are you going to support her other projects?

Are you over this “I am so over it” article?

Do you accept Stephenie’s apology? 

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Comment by paulina on August 15, 2013 at 11:11pm
Soo, I just read this article along with some of the links bellow and also the blog of SM and I found it sad and worth of anger for several reasons:
1. Although she's saying that she's grateful for the fans still supporting the saga, she's also saying -and if I'm not mistaken in the same paragraph- that she's tired of answering questions about TWILIGHT!!! (which, incidentally, is why she have fans all)... I mean, which author -published or not- admits that is tired about the work that got her OUT THERE. I, as an author of some fan fictions, am passionate and most interested in what my readers and followers have to say, add, comment or even criticize, and never ever get a question unanswered even if I had answered it a hundred times before; WE live for our readers and their support, that's why we put our work out there for them to read, right?
She have to realize that that saga she is SO TIRED ABOUT is what put her out there in the first place; and AFTER the books, the story it self was a SUCCESS, THEN came the movies -thanks to which she became world wide known.
2. Even if I agree with some comment above about this being a free country, and that every single person is free to choose what he or she likes and dislikes, I also agree with some other who says that, if the author of the books starts talking bat about their work, we as fans and followers end up as idiots!!! And all of those people who thought we were naive fools for liking such thing as sparkling vampires (because we all twifans know, that all of them think that it is all there is to the whole story) have now the right to say 'I told you so' because NOT EVEN the creator is proud and supportive of it creation!!!
3. As many of you say and I agree with, her success -the success of any author, actor, producer or any person interested in the showbiz- came from US. The only thing her comment did was depreciate us, humiliate us and finally making us realize that, at the end we are close to nothing for her basing us on the fact that , if she doesn't even care where her work ends up with such harsh words, least of all us who are too many and too insignificant to notice by individuals with thoughts and feelings instead of a mass of blind supporters.
4. You can not compare, in any level, the words said by an actor about a role -meaning RPATZ 'complaining' about Edward as ever. Which I must say don't believe he does with malice- with the words expressed by an author-producer of the same work!!!
Finally I'd like to add that, like ROWLING and GEORGE LUCAS and so may others mentioned in comments above, SM should be grateful and pleasing with all her fans not minding if the same question is asked a gazillion time before the subject changes or if even after a thousand VERY DIFFERENT productions and publications gets pushed back about her very first known work, because when a fandom such as big as the one she USED to have gets wounded by the very person they admire the consequences could be dreadful for her future work...

Me, I'll still like the TWILIGHT SAGA -I'm currently working on a new FF and refuse to let it go for the things she said- in the form of books, movies and FF. But I don't think I'll still be supporting her blindly if, at the end, after a few months the work wouldn't matter to her more than a few bad memories she wish she could forget but can't.
The twilighters must stay strong and remain together because the worst of the heaters it's about to come. LONG LIVE TWILIGHT!!!
Comment by Jodie Sims on August 16, 2013 at 1:02am

Robert Pattinson was great as Edward, and nobody could have played Edward better.  I am a Jacob fan, and like Emmett before I like Edward.  But I preferred Robert in Remember Me, and Water for Elephants.  Don't get me wrong.  Twilight is my favourite films but regarding Robert, Edward wasn't his best role.  If you look at Robert's film list compared to Taylor's, Robert has made alot more films since the first Twilight.  I think directors prefer Robert to Taylor which is a shame because I would love to see more Taylor films.  I loved Abduction and can't wait to see Tracers after seeing some clips of the filming of it on YouTube.  Twilight didn't kill Robert's career as all.

Comment by Happylcs56 on August 16, 2013 at 8:07am

when I first read her comment I was like WTH. Not that I am angry, but I am scare that she really will kill our forever.. I will never be over Twilight, and I am still carrying the hope of reading the complete Midnight Sun. She is the writer so long as she don't spoil over forever I will be grateful. As for her other project, I think now she really need to show good staff again before all TwiHard jump in and support her.

Comment by Beth F Brownell on August 16, 2013 at 9:47am

Is this apology a PR response or genuine? : PR response, pure and simple. She's covering her butt and her wallet as she realized right after she saw it in print, she realized that she basically shot her own foot with what she said. This apology is nothing more than trying to save face and save what fans that remain being her fans. She lost more fans than she might be able to save with her fake apology.

Is it okay to be a fan or someone’s work and not so much a fan of it’s creator? : You can't really be a fan of their work and not like the author of the work. It cannot work that way.

Are you still SM’s biggest fan?: NO!

Are you going to support her other projects?: NO!

Are you over this “I am so over it” article?: I am now.

Do you accept Stephenie’s apology?: No, that was no apology. That was her trying to save face as she didn't mean it. Really, if she had stated it on her website that I did an interview to which I said something really bad and this is my way of apologizing to the fans, I do not mean I am over it, I mean that I'm over the pain of the movie The Host not doing as good as I had hoped for. Posting it there before the article came out, might have saved the hurt of her fans but sadly, she has lost her fans as a lot of us will not support her work anymore.

Comment by catherine on August 16, 2013 at 11:02am

WHY!!!!! why would SM say that to people who LOVED this series so much...that ppl ALL over the world spent 100's of dolllars read all the books seen all the movies... I LOVE twilight not the other stuff and if she blames that on Twilight then she REALLY dont know her fans....here I am a HUGE TWIHARD...still collecting anything twilight still on here because I LOVE breaking dawn.

Did she really THINK that all twifans were just going to say old well I really didnt want to finsh midnight sun...or did she LIE in the commentary.?????? was she just giving us twihards "OH I'm not done with twilight yet ,there r alot of storys still waiting to be done"  was that a LIE!!  I WILL ALWAYS BE A TWIHARD....I WILL ALWAYS BE ON HERE PIC BREAKING DAWN PICS AND LISTENING TO MUSIC AND CHANGING MY PAGE....but I dont think I want to be a fan of any of SM works.....It makes me want to cry because she did something that was SOOO loved and it made alot of ppl happy...how could something like that Want to be "OVER" ?????? it was the fans of the Twilight Series that made it popular that made her and summit ALL THAT MONEY!!!!

 

I just can't read any more of it...if SHE could SEE all the BROKEN hearts that she crushed with those words........

Comment by catherine on August 16, 2013 at 11:03am

NO to EVERYTHING!!!!!!

but I will STILL collect TWILIGHT stuff....

Comment by barbaracorker on August 16, 2013 at 1:58pm

I am "so over" SM 's attitude! She would not be able to do any of the things she is doing now without "Twilight". I notice she has lost a few pounds, and gotten a makeover lately. See what money can do? Thanks to the Twilight Fans", she is sitting pretty and smiling all the way to the bank. If her new books are good, we will buy them...maybe not. I hated the movie "Host" because it strayed way over the books account. "Austinland? story not my cup of tea but lets see....

You would think she would be ever grateful for us her fans, I know she won't write "Midnight Sun" because it would outsell the Host and any other books she may write...AND , we know the ending already because its flip-side the first "Twilight"!!!

 

Comment by Jan Mayszak on August 16, 2013 at 2:11pm

To be honest, I haven't read too much about it. But it did appear her apology was shortsighted. I enjoyed The Host book but hated the movie. There was little chemistry. I too would love to see Midnight Sun completed but at this point I think Fanfic writers have taken up the mantle and at times done it better. Why bite the hand that feeds you? Sorry Stephanie, you got me through a rough time in my life with your amazing series but have lost some respect from me.

Comment by Jodie Sims on August 16, 2013 at 2:20pm

I so wish could buy the rights to twilight because I have done so much better than her with the stories.  Everyone who have read my versions and sequels have all said mine are much much better than hers

Comment by Elizabeth Rogers on August 17, 2013 at 7:10am

Before I make any comments about this whole situation, let me say I loved the Twilight Saga, both books and films, and i would love it if someday SM would finish Midnight Sun and write Jacob and Renesmee's story. I have also worked for the print media for over 30 years and I'm well aware of how easy it is to change the meaning of a quote, either by neglecting to mention what came before or after the quote or even just leaving one or two words out. One thing I've learned from reading extensive fan site interviews with SM over the years is that she talks like she writes. I won't say she rambles, but she does use a paragraph to say something that could have been said in one sentence. So when she says that the Variety interviewer edited or left out her entire reply, I believe her.

It is not disrespectful to her fans to say that after living in the Twilight world for so many years she wants to move on and try something else. She wants to be known as more than a one trick pony. And it must be frustrating for her that she's still getting questions and comparisons to Twilight, when she wants to talk about her new projects. That doesn't mean she will never finish Midnight Sun or write Jacob and Renesmee's story. It doesn't mean that she wants the Twilight fans to shut up and go away, or that she's not grateful for their constant support, or that she never wants to revisit the Twilight world in the future. But she has said for years that Edward and Bella's story ended with the last book. So that should be no surprise to anyone.

There are two kinds of SM fans. There are the fans, (and I would count this website among them), who are supportive of her and all of her projects. They went to see The Host, even if it wasn't at the top of their to-do list and will go see Austenland when it comes to their area. Then there are those who support SM only as far as the Twilight Saga and future Twilight Saga projects go and aren't interested in SM books or movies about aliens, Jane Austen, ghosts or mermaids, etc. It's sad, because if even a third of the Twilight/SM fans who supported Twilight, had gone to see "The Host" that film would have been at least a minor hit, instead of underperforming to the extent it did. Whichever group you belong to, I am confident after reading SM's clarification statement and having worked for newspaper/magazines myself, she never meant to insult or demean her fans. She has always been gracious and thankful to her supporters. So I do not believe that SM owes her fans an apology for saying she's over Twilight and wants to move on. And considering all the very personal and condescending crap that the critics dish on every film adapted from one of her books, I think said fans should be a little more understanding and give her the benefit of the doubt, when she's trying to explain herself.

I've seen names like George Lucas/Star Wars and Harry Potter/JK Rowling come up on this discussion board. George Lucas' Star Wars series has spanned 30 years and he's made many other films in between.  JK Rowling, it seems, is trying to distance herself a bit from Harry Potter. She recently published a book under a nom de plume. That book was very well received, but she was supposedly very upset when it was leaked that she was the actual author.

It's sad, that the one SM project so far that she didn't write, Austenland, got very good reviews from the critics, but at the moment is only in limited release. Her production company has two more films in the pipeline, "Down a Dark Hall" and "Anna Dressed In Blood", both written by other authors. When SM recently said "The Host" was hurt by "Twilight", I think that what she really meant was that "The Host" was hurt by being written by her. I  don't believe the majority of professional movie critics will ever give good reviews to any film made from a SM book. You could take a classic like "War and Peace" and slap her name on it and the critics would hammer it into the ground.

It seems to me she actually enjoys being a producer more than a writer. She has a good eye and ear for what the movie viewers want and she is meticulous about the details. She hasn't written anything sizeable since Bree Tanner, and in the same Variety interview, when asked what she was working on, she said she was just decompressing and figuring it out. The fact that she doesn't seem to be writing at all is disturbing to me.

What I would really like is for Variety to release the entire, unedited interview, but we'll never see that happen.

 

 

 

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