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 barbaracorker on August 17, 2013 at 10:22am

respond to Elizabeth Rodgers....I loved the Host Book and would buy any new continuing Host book. The fans who did see it (I did), probably influenced others and trailers kinda made it seem like a different story than the book. There was no chemistry between the actors altho they were good actors If Max had been pared with someone with chemistry it could have made a difference.like Kristen and Robs chemistry. The Twilight Saga will never be forgotten, the twihards will have these books and memorabelia and their future children will also love them. If you noticed this past weekend at the Teen Choice Awards they made no mention that Twilight Breaking Dawn won all 7 awards they were nominated for...even on line that was not mentioned. The critics hate that Twilight, a little book about "Sparkly Vampires" started a new trend in vampire movies and TV series, and it made SM a multi millionaire. We just (or I) felt disrespected. Thank the people who started the on line Twilight sites...its always the little people you don't see who make a difference.

Comment by barbaracorker on August 17, 2013 at 10:30am

yes I wouls like to see an unedited interview..your right, words left out will make a difference.SM would not be hired as producer if the people promoting the films she worked on depended on her so they are not listening to the critics.

Comment by prin cess on August 17, 2013 at 4:54pm

oh so now she's over it AFTER twilight elevated her from a novice unknown struggling author to a multi millionaire author. don't forget the hand the feeds you lady, honestly her next projects aren't as good & she won't garner the same attention and following as the twilight project... so she's made her money.. fraud.

Comment by Jennifer Cullen on August 18, 2013 at 10:11am

To be honest I haven't supported her since the Midnight Sun incident. O.k, yes it wasn't right for the person that leaked it to do that to her and I even understand wanting to take some time away from the project to get her feeling over it settled and such. But to drop it entirely and refuse to finish it was an abandonment of her fans! This latest statement is farther abandonment. I know she can't spend her whole life doing nothing but writing Twilight books, but would it kill her to write one and release every so often? I don't think so!!! She doesn't care about us; so why should we care about her??? So NO, I don't support her selfish rear and will never buy anymore of her stuff. I might have tried some of her new series if it wasn't for this crap.

Comment by Jodie Sims on August 18, 2013 at 5:04pm

I know I keep bringing it up but I wish had written Twilight before SM because everyone who has read my versions of New Moon, Eclipse, both Breaking Dawns plus my five sequels have all said mine are better. And I wrote all nine stories in less than six months. I am currently working on a support book with mostly info on all the mentioned characters and then I will be writing main character journals to show their thoughts and feelings throughout all nine of my stories. All this in less than a year, and yeah, ok, they aren't actually book format (they are screenplay format) but if I can do nine Twilight stories, a support book and about eight or so journals in less than a year, what's stopping SM from writing at least one more book this year. 

Comment by RockFan on August 21, 2013 at 11:21am

I do have to admit that the remark did hurt my feelings considering all the time, money, and commitment I've poured into the Twilight Saga over the years. I've wholeheartedly supported all things Twilight since the first reading of the first book and to hear that the person who created this world is "over it," well... I still don't even know what to say about that. Days later, I still feel as if I've been punched in the gut.

Comment by Javier Gomez on August 27, 2013 at 11:09pm

i really concerned about this. i just want to say.. Thanksss for everyting. from all fans from Spain: http://50sombrasdemujer.com/es-el-fin-de-la-saga-crepusculo/

Comment by Mrs.Cope on September 4, 2013 at 9:02pm

I don't feel she owes me her allegiance to her novels. I'm fan enough.

I can understand her comments, especially in light of the tremendous failure of The Host (which I read and saw). It's hard to admit that something you love wasn't successful when the first four you did were so wildly successful. And to constantly have that success flaunted in your face in comparison to The Host? I get that.

I think it's unfortunate, but it happens. It doesn't make me love the saga less, but I have a reservation about her next effort. She no longer needs my love or support (good for her); at this point her wealth seems boundless. I sincerely hope, however, that she will continue to produce wonderful books like the saga that take everyone's breath away.

Comment by Twilightdreamlover on September 11, 2013 at 3:23pm

I've been away from this site for a while....the thing is, I have a book blog, and that's taking up a lot of my time these days.  I do pop in now and then, to see what's going on.  I am SO sad that there will be no more movies....

Anyway, I dropped by to day to catch the latest news, and clicked on this post.  I haven't read it all through, because I wanted to comment right away.  I will come back and read it completely later, and comment again.

I'm trying to get over my shock at Stephenie's totally tactless comment.  The Twilight Saga put her on the map, for Pete's sake!!!  She's now a millionaire because of it!!   Has J.K. Rowling made any such statement?  Can anybody imagine the creator of the Harry Potter series saying that's she's "over it"? 

The way Stephenie Meyer expressed herself, it sounds like she considers The Twilight Saga no more than an adolescent effort, and that she's now going on to bigger and better things!!  This was an outrageously insensitive statement on her part.  We who love these books and movies know that they are NOT 'an adolescent effort' simply because they're in the category of young adult fiction.  In fact, in spite of the category, these books do have quite a bit of depth.  Those who hate and ridicule these books will NEVER understand, but we Twihards DO.  We Twihards are very happy that Stephenie wrote these novels.  We love her characters.  And it takes a helluva writer to create plots as intricate and fascinating as the ones in these books.  It takes talent, HUGE talent.  For her to now disparage the series is a TERRIBLE disappointment.  Maybe she didn't mean it that way, but it sure came across that way! 

When an artist of any kind -- author, painter, sculptor, musician, composer, etc. -- creates something unique and wonderful, and critics disparage it, the artist has to stand behind their creation.  An artist with integrity will do so.  The fact that The Twilight Saga has touched so many people, all over the world, in spite of the derision and disparagement directed at it by its detractors should not mean that Stephenie is now ashamed of it!

Well, I have to go now....I'm heading to my might job...,(and I have a day job, too!), but I will return to read the rest of this post.  I will also read Stephenie's apology, and see if I feel it's enough to appease all of us fans.....

I'm getting off the soapbos -- for now!!

Comment by Twilightdreamlover on September 11, 2013 at 3:26pm

Oops, a typo!  I meant my 'night job', obviously.  Lol.    : )

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