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Stephenie Meyer Michael Lewis August 13, 2013 | 02:54PM PT

The Y.A. author's Fickle Fish Films keeps the focus on romance in Keri Russell starrer

Dave McNary

Film Reporter @Variety_DMcNary

“Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer is moving on. She’s put a stake in the heart of her megahit vampire franchise, and saw modest results ($48 million worldwide) earlier this year from an adaptation of her romantic sci-fi novel “The Host.”

This story first appeared in the August 13, 2013 issue of Variety. Subscribe today.See more.

These days, instead of writing, she’s more focused on being a producer — a skill she gained from assuming that role on the final two “Twilight” movies and “The Host.” Her two-year-old shingle Fickle Fish Films, launched with co-topper Meghan Hibbett, is readying its first release, “Austenland,” starring Keri Russell as a die-hard Jane Austen fan who plans a vacation at a country house steeped in the world of the 19th century British romance writer. The film, adapted from Shannon Hale’s novel of the same name, and directed by first-time helmer Jerusha Hess, will be released Aug. 16 by Sony Classics, which snapped up U.S. rights to the quirky $6.5 million comedy following its Sundance debut.

Meyer spoke with Variety’s Dave McNary about the rigors of producing the work of others vs. the expectations of her own, the end of the “Twilight” series, whose five films generated $3.3 billion in worldwide ticket sales, and her shingle’s next two projects.

Dave McNary: What kind of name is Fickle Fish?

Stephenie Meyer: (Laughs) Meghan (Hibbett) and I settled on it because we could not find a name that wasn’t already taken. We’d be eating grilled cheese sandwiches and try “grilled cheese,” and find that someone else already had it. We picked Fickle Fish because we kind of feel like fish out of water.

DM: How was it being a producer on “Austenland” compared with “Twilight” and “The Host”?

SM: There was zero pressure, since this was not my novel. It’s a comedy first and foremost, so there was a lot of laughter. Keri was five months pregnant and the least pregnant woman I’ve ever seen.

DM: What was it like at Sundance?

SM: I had the kind of Sundance experience you read about. (“Austenland”) got great reviews, and Sony Classics bought it right away.

DM: What kind of pressure was there with the two “Breaking Dawn” movies and “The Host”?

SM: It was very intense because you have a mental picture of scenes and characters, based on the book. My role was to keep (things) as close (to the book) as possible.

DM: Fickle Fish has optioned two ghost stories, Lois Duncan’s “Down a Dark Hall” and Kendare Blake’s “Anna Dressed in Blood.” Which will you do next?

SM: We’re much further along on “Down a Dark Hall” and we’re looking for a director. And we’re not just doing ghost stories.

DM: What about a return to “Twilight?”

SM: I get further away every day. I am so over it. For me, it’s not a happy place to be.

DM: Is the door completely closed on that?

SM: Not completely. What I would probably do is three paragraphs on my blog saying which of the characters died. I’m interested in spending time in other worlds, like Middle-Earth.

DM: How are you spending your time these days, other than promoting “Austenland”?

SM: I’m spending 75% being a mom and a human being. I have a great son who’s a junior in high school, who makes me feel like I’m 112 years old. My other boys are in the sixth grade and the eighth grade.

DM: What are you writing now?

SM: I’m kind of decompressing and figuring that out.

DM: Is there a lot of blood, sweat and tears with writing?

SM: That would be editing. For me, there’s a real joy in writing because the world is what you want it to be. With a book, when you’re done reading it, the characters go away once you’re done. When you’re writing, the characters can last much longer.

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    1. Isabelle Oliveira says: September 10, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Stephenie, do you think that maybe you thought of us, the fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

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    2. Sydney says: September 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      She’s “so over” Twilight? Oh. I’d say I’m so over her but if it weren’t for her then I would have never read Twilight. That era was such a big part of my experience in school and just life.

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    3. abbanost says: August 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

      Ms Meyer, I think your fans are going to be ‘so over’ you, it’s a good thing you are out of the writing business, I don’t think you’ll get very far without those Twihards.

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    4. Rafael says: August 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Stephenie, do you think that maybe
      you thought of us, the fans and
      admirers, who for all these years not
      only followed your Saga but also
      followed you, your life and your
      other work and showed true love for
      your writing that not only made us
      fall in love but also changed the
      lives of each and everyone of us? By
      saying that “it’s not a happy place
      to be” you despised and you
      humiliated us all. This is OUR place,
      and you are responsible for it. In IT
      we are happy, and it is just
      unforgivable for you to try to take it
      away from us. It might not be for
      you, but for us it is FOREVER
      Sincerely,
      Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

      Reply
    5. reneerose29 says: August 25, 2013 at 1:25 am

      How in the world does someone go from author to producing movies now? I’m baffled. I would think you would “help” produce Twilight because you wrote the dang series and they would make you a “producer” simply for your insight, not experience. Same goes for The Host. You’re there to lend thought to the real producers and directors to make the movie the best it can be and make the book come alive but dropping the author bit and moving on to producer now? Give me a break.

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    6. Deborah Almeida Cordeiro says: August 18, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Stephenie, do you think that maybe you thought of us, the fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards ‪#‎TwilightIsAHappyPlace‬

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    7. Cindra Lawson says: August 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      I’m sorry but I don’t buy a word that she’s saying. Now it’s even harder to
      swallow that someone leaked Midnight Sun in the first place. It seems
      to me that she herself leaked it to see the response from the fans and
      the result was all of us practically on our knees begging for it to be completed,
      which fell on deaf ears. I’m devastated, hurt, betrayed…blah…blah…whine…whine.
      I just can’t finish it…yeah right. I don’t buy it. Writing doesn’t work that
      way, the characters call to you until you finish what you started and
      you can’t be that far into a manuscript and not finish it. I still say
      that Midnight Sun is Meyer’s golden ticket for when her other endeavors fail.
      We all want it, she knows this, and pissed at her or not would still buy it.
      It’s simple she’s showing her true colors now and it isn’t a pretty
      picture at all. And for all of you who are going how can I say such a thing?

      I can because I am a writer myself and am suffering for a major case of writers block.
      I can also relate to stress and life getting in the way with the work. Bottom line is that she’s got the movie bug now and doesn’t really want to go back.

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    8. Raquel says: August 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      I’m sure Step is tired of the same questions, but this is part of the outcome of a series of movies (Twilight)that had a tidal wave effect, I’m sure she never expected that will last forever !!!!!!!!!

      For her to say “I’m so over it” almost sounds like she wished it never happened or taking it for granted. I think it would of been more delicate to say, I’m humbled by the unbelievable outcome of the Twilight Saga, and will always cherish it. I am excited about moving on, and to see what the future holds.

      I am a big fan of the Twi~Saga I was also sick, so when I was going through chemo it was the only thing that removed me from the pain & treatment and allowed me an escape to endure it. I took my ipod everywhere adding each movie as they came out, and watched them over & over. I also met many of other’s doing the same. I will be thankful to them always.

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    9. Saionara Mello says: August 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Sthephenie, seu ‘PARA SEMPRE’ durou tão pouco…

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    10. Saionara Mello says: August 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      A história é simples: tudo bem que ela não é obrigada a continuar escrevendo . Mas daí dizer que não é um lugar feliz, ou mesmo que gastaria seu tempo apenas para escrever três paragrafos sobre a morte dos personagens ? INGRATA isso que ela é e PONTO FINAL. Pelo fãs dão mais valor a obra do que você, mas vale lembrar que VOCÊ foi quem mais se beneficiou com tudo isso né?

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    11. Melanie Jendrusak says: August 16, 2013 at 9:02 am

      As a great Twilight fan (books mainly, but movies as well), I am a little ashamed of Stephenie Meyer for her comments. It is bad taste to bite the hand that feeds you. She has made ga-zilliions of dollars and became very famous due to the success of Twilight. She would not be able to produce films such as Austenland or be giving interviews to Variety if it were not for the Twilight fans. Even the stars of the Twilight films who have gone through much and more than Stephenie Meyer have the good graces to say that Twilight opened all the doors for them and they are grateful and now they are ready to expand their horizons. Enough said! We don’t need to hear the complaining about how she’s “over it” or how she’s going to “kill off the characters”. Truth or not, that is just bad taste. She seems a little spoiled with her success and now takes it for granted. I read The Host and thought it was a mediocre story at best….I must agree with other posters here, please stay far, far away from Middle Earth. That masterpiece needs no adjustment, addendum or follow up.

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      • fullmooncraze says: August 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        I agree, will all wish we could be so lucky & fortunate as her.

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    12. Cindy O says: August 15, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      My husband is a writer and sometimes a project just needs to be done. When Stephenie says, “It’s not a happy place to be” you must look at it from her perspective as the creator. She has been involved in Twlight for many years. From a creative standpoint there comes a time when stagnation sets in. I’ve watched it happen. My husband knows her and I’ve met her. She’s a decent person who should be allowed to live and work just like you. Would you want to be forced to stay in a job/situation that wasn’t the right fit anymore? I think those of you that are offended by her honest feelings should cut her a little slack.

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    13. Karol Maia says: August 15, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Stephenie, do you think that maybe you thought of us, the fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

      Reply
    14. Marcia says: August 15, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Stephenie, será que por algum momento você pensou em nós, fãs e admiradores, que por todos esses anos não somente acompanhou sua Saga, como acompanhou diretamente você, sua vida e seus outros trabalhos e depositou um amor verdadeiro na sua escrita que fez muito além de nos conquistar, fez uma mudança geral na vida de cada um de nós? Ao dizer que “it’s not a happy place to be” você menosprezou e humilhou a todos nós. Esse lugar é NOSSO, e você é responsável por ele. Nele SOMOS felizes, e soa imperdoável justamente você tentar nos tirar isso. Atenciosamente, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

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    15. Duda says: August 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Stephenie, do you think that maybe you thought of us, the fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

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    16. katie lu says: August 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

      From Stephenie Meyer herself (via her website): “I am horrified that my words could be construed in any way to mean that I am “over” the lovely people who embraced Twilight, made it such a huge hit, and changed my life. The time I’ve spent with my fans has been one of the most precious gifts of this whole experience and I will certainly never forget them or think of them with anything but immense gratitude.” Go to http://www.stepheniemeyer.com for her full statement.

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    17. Rey says: August 14, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      Ok people, give me a break. Didn’t your momma teach you any manners. Say thank you for the wonderful series and stop acting like she owes you something. She’s HUMAN and has feelings just like you, and entitled to feel however she wants. Good for her for having the guts to speak her mind.
      On behalf of us normal fans, THANK YOU Stephenie Meyer for sharing your writing with us. I hope it becomes a happy place for you again one day ;)

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    18. Jack says: August 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      “I’m interested in spending time in other worlds, like Middle-Earth.”
      ….no.

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    19. Crystle Delano says: August 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Sorry but people cant write and say from Twi-hards because thats not everyones feelings…. though I am a HUGE Twilight fan, I would not want a forced or pressured story from Stephenie Meyer! It wouldnt be real. I want a story about the world we all love, but when (if) she is ready, so it is a happy place for her. If its not a happy place for her, its not a happy place in the saga and in turn the fans. As a real fan, I appreciate and support all you have given and wish you luck in ALL your endeavors. The Host, producing, etc NOT to mention she deserves a break to be with her family post Twilight whirlwind. – Love, Adoring Fan!!

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    20. melissa says: August 14, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      your famous because of Twilight don’t get me wrong I love the books and loved the movies but saying its not happy place for you anymore while your still getting a great deal of money is a cop out .
      I would love to read more of twilight its a shame there is no more
      it drives me crazy when people make a lot of money and then they put it down and there fore it upsets the fans considering if we did not buy the books the buy the tickets to go to the cinemas then buy the dvd’s you would be a flop….pull the pole out your ass a get a grip
      but regardless I loved the books and the movies you should feel proud

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      • clayanddust says: August 15, 2013 at 9:41 am

        It most certainly in not a cop out. Being happy has nothing to do with money, and there is no shame in her stopping where she did. You want more Twilight? You have an imagination. Write it yourself.

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    21. Liz says: August 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      I’m not a fan of your books, but I have to say. writing is suppose to be an art, and you’re basically putting down your own work. Very sad… You should have been proud that series you wrote got you where you are right now. Yes it’s important to close the series but like Linday down there says that you are also humiliating your fans.

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    22. Chris says: August 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      An interesting sidenote…although Jerusha Hess is new to directing, she’s not new to film-making. She has co-written several movies with her director/husband Jared Hess…among those “Napoleon Dynamite”. It will be interesting to see if Austenland has any sort of a ND feel to it.

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    23. Christy says: August 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      I love Twilight, and will be a Stephenie Meyer fan for years. It’s sad in an interview she can’t be honest and say what she feels without someone trying to tell her how she should feel. Would you rather her lie to you, or stop interviewing altogether? If she says “it’s not a happy place to be” it may be because of fans like you that say mean things instead of saying, “Thank you Stephenie, for a wonderful series.”

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    24. tygerstripes says: August 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Twihards, if you have something to say, try saying it for yourself instead of copying and pasting.

      Think about it — if you had dedicated almost ten years of your life to one idea, you’d be ready to move on, too. Ms. Meyer is exhausted. Give her a break and try ‘Thank you’ if you’re truly a fan.

      I was considering visiting Forks for Bella’s birthday, but the Twihards here have convinced me that’s a bad idea. Yikes.

      As to the critical bashing, that can chalked up to jealousy, pure and simple. Spectacular success like the Twilight novels will always draw snark. Shake it off, Stephenie!

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      • Luana Martins says: August 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

        I agreed that she should do another things, but whe she says “For me, it’s not a happy place to be.” Like, WOW.. Twilight WILL ALWAYS be a happy place. She created Twilight, She should be proud of it, not “over it”. And the text copy g and past because some fans are from Brazil and don’t speak english, so fansites created this to help. XX

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        • tygerstripes says: August 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

          Hi again, Luana! I’m sure that by now your board has read Ms. Meyer’s reply to this issue. Her comments were shortened by the interviewer — this is often done.

          Your board members are embarrassing Ms. Meyer in front of Hollywood. Variety is read by professionals. Please ask them to stop. Believe me, a lot of producers are laughing long and hard right now, not only at her, but at all of you, too. You kids are young, but I hope you all go to college and choose your profession. Instead of getting a job, I hope you all have a career. When you do, after about ten years, come back and read this and then maybe you’ll understand what kind of damage you’ve all done with your cut and pastes.

          Stephenie Meyers wrote some of the best-selling books *of all time*. When someone like Stephen King criticizes her writing style, it’s not because he believes it’s genuinely bad. It’s because her sales are taking a big bite out of his sales. It’s all about money.

        • Luana Martins says: August 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

          Hi, tygerstripes!

          I’m not dumping her, not at all. I still care about her and I still love her as a writer. In the text we’re saying what we feel right now, understand? It’s complicated to explain to you, because the heart feels that the heart feels, you know? Each one feels differently.. but about “now all of you dump on her, too” Never. I’ll support her work always, because she’s great, but I’m little sad right now. xx =)

        • tygerstripes says: August 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

          Thank you, Luana. That’s what I thought was happening. But the people on your board should relax, it’s just three sentences Ms. Meyer said in an interview. She could have been laughing and rolling her eyes when she said it — you can’t know.

          Also, she’s speaking her truth and you should all respect that. She’s had to take a heavy load of abuse from the critics — professional critics, professional writers — and now all of you dump on her, too. It’s discourteous and inappropriate for all of you to take out your collective anger on her in this professional public forum.

          I still maintain that each person should speak for themselves. If you have trouble with translation, that’s what Babelfish is for.

    25. Victoria says: August 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      you broke the hearts of yours fans, Twilight opened several doors for you, have you ever thought about what would you do without the fans that you won in that place which “is not a happy place to be”? i’m just sad with you

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    26. MiuBlaze says: August 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      I have absolutely no idea what these spam comments even mean. I mean, they’re beyond the help of Grammar Nazis…just wow. The only impression I’m getting now is that Twihards are desperately illiterate (irony, I know).

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    27. queeneb says: August 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

      I can’t believe she said that its like a slap in the face

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    28. Renata Cristina Novelli Cullen says: August 14, 2013 at 11:38 am

      “You could write the garbage that you wanted to write about Twilight, it could take you,” says Meyer.

      THAT “TRASH” MEYER LET YOU RICH AND FAMOUS BUT LIFE IS SO … FAME EH UP IN THE HEAD OF PEOPLE AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENS … VC TA spitting on DISH WOULD YOU ATE, I JUST THANK GOD FOR KRIS AND ROB NOT BE EQUAL TO YOU A PERSON WHO MADE HISTORY BUT BE LEFT TO TAKE THE MONEY AND FAME … BUT PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO FAME AND MONEY FINISH, I HOPE YOU CHANGE AND PESA EXCUSES FOR WHAT YOU SAID.

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    29. Jennifer says: August 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

      It was you who said you did not like killing your characters, Meyer? Hypocrite! You fell in my concept!!! No use hoping that fans flock to The Host, yes, I very short history, but we will not change so! Most people who read and watched The Host are Twilight fans, then you should thank us! If you expect us to change to their other jobs and people stop mirroring Twilight in you then can wait sitting!!! Be more considerate us…

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    30. Casie Dias says: August 14, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Stephenie, do you think that maybe you thought of us, the fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

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    31. Casie Dias says: August 14, 2013 at 10:23 am

      fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

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    32. Asha Cheatom says: August 14, 2013 at 10:22 am

      As a writer myself I can’t believe that she has said something like this. I can understand her wanting to move onto other projects because that is understandable, but to say it the way that she did was not okay. How was Twilight a bad place for you even if you did get backlash for it. The least that any writer could do is love what they have created even if they are no longer in the same place as when they wrote it. For Example Anne Rice may not write any more books in her Vampire Chronicles because she is in a different place now, but she has never said that it was a bad place for her. She still adores her characters and YES her characters still live on even though she no longer writes those books. She writes on her page what some of her Vampires are doing in there lives now. Characters live on even after you are done writing. You never stop thinking about them because if they are really dear to your heart they are a part of you and are as real to you as the interviewer. Also i think at the very least you could be appreciative of what Twilight did. It opened up so many doors and even though it may have been stressful there is no reason to be bitter about it. I am sure that all of the actors from the Harry Potter series are very appreciative of what Harry Potter did for them because it put them out there and gave them exposure that a lot of actors don’t get. The actors and the author may or may not want to do anything more with Harry Potter which is understandable, but they all are appreciative and respect what it did and i think that using ‘It was bad place’ all because you may have gotten backlash or some negativity from it is simply an excuse. J. K. Rowling got negativity and still gets negativity about some of her characters, like Ginny, for example. Some people even have negative things to say about Harry’s mother, but just because people had negative things to say about her books and characters she hasn’t turned her back on them or love them any less. She still loves them dearly. I just think that if Stephanie did in fact mean what was said in this interview then that is disappointing and i won’t be putting anymore money into the franchise i have grown to love. If she simply is being miss read or words construed then she should have clarified herself because what was said above have hurt the hearts of may fans and supporters of Stephanie.

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    33. cahonoratoo says: August 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Stephenie, será que por algum momento você pensou em nós, fãs e admiradores, que por todos esses anos não somente acompanhou sua Saga, como acompanhou diretamente você, sua vida e seus outros trabalhos e depositou um amor verdadeiro na sua escrita que fez muito além de nos conquistar, fez uma mudança geral na vida de cada um de nós? Ao dizer que “it’s not a happy place to be” você menosprezou e humilhou a todos nós. Esse lugar é NOSSO, e você é responsável por ele. Nele SOMOS felizes, e soa imperdoável justamente você tentar nos tirar isso. Atenciosamente, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

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    34. atomic studio says: August 14, 2013 at 9:35 am

      even the actors were over it. everyone was happy to move on. they did it just to make money. it’s not an interesting story. you should get over it as well

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    35. Hellen says: August 14, 2013 at 7:16 am

      Please, leave the elves alone!

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    36. JustMel says: August 14, 2013 at 7:02 am

      Wow. I’m trying to give her the benefit of the doubt and hope that her responses were poorly edited and incomplete. You owe us fans a bit more than that.

      She may not think of Twilight as a happy place but for millions of us, it will always be. The books changed many people’s lives and brought us friendships from around the world. I hope that at some point SM can step away from what Twilight became because of the movies (and there was plenty great about them but some things that were just wrong,) and love that world again.

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      • Jo says: August 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

        Poorly edited and incomplete… kinda her specialty.

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    37. Cheryl says: August 14, 2013 at 6:14 am

      Mayra – comments like yours are probably EXACTLY why Twilight is not a happy place to be for the author.

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    38. Mayra says: August 14, 2013 at 6:08 am

      Stephenie, do you think that maybe you thought of us, the fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards #TwilightIsAHappyPlace

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    39. Kassi says: August 14, 2013 at 6:04 am

      I have to say if you take a step near Middle Earth or hell, even pick up the book, I can assure you that you will lose any and all credibility (what little you actually have) as an author. Middle Earth is not to be tampered with by a woman who thinks that it is okay to have to have a teenage girl give up everything and anything she holds near and dear to be with a controlling freak. To top it all off, she attempts to commit suicide because she can’t live without him. YOU ARE NOT SHAKESPEARE. Leave the death and sacrifice to him okay? It’s also sad that you actually hate your own characters and world that you created. I guess that’s what happens when you receive so much backlash for it. But back to my original point, stay away from Middle Earth. It’s not yours to stick your little no-talent nose in.

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    40. Daniela Melo Max says: August 14, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Official response on the part of Twihards:
      Stephenie, do you think that maybe you thought of us, the fans and admirers, who for all these years not only followed your Saga but also followed you, your life and your other work and showed true love for your writing that not only made us fall in love but also changed the lives of each and everyone of us? By saying that “it’s not a happy place to be” you despised and you humiliated us all. This is OUR place, and you are responsible for it. In IT we are happy, and it is just unforgivable for you to try to take it away from us. It might not be for you, but for us it is FOREVER Sincerely, Twihards ‪#‎TwilightIsAHappyPlace‬

      My personal comment:

      How can you say that is no longer a happy place?!?!?
      Want to live new projects, new literary universes is completely normal and healthy. But then you want to put an end to hopes of fans continue with the project Twilight saying to you is no longer a happy place … was unfortunate in the words disastrously at least shocking.
      The profit gained the millions of fans who continued involvement with their writing is entirely due to the success of the Twilight Saga and all that at a minimum you should have more respect for the feelings of those millions of hearts!
      I want to believe that you have repented and wishes to recant, even this will not reduce the damage caused. I keep wishing you all sorts of thoughts to create new projects.
      I think this spot will only dissipate with the resumption promise to fans to return to the book project of Edward (who was suspended due to leak parts of the book by his circle of friends) and maybe a project a book end, rumbling over the future of Jacob and Renesmee and happy life of Bella and Edward (after all went through so many things that deserve only a few pages of wonderful things). Think that deep in your heart know that your words in this interview ached deep inside them that love and always will love the Twilight Saga.
      With sincere regret,
      DMMC

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    41. Tony Savage says: August 14, 2013 at 5:28 am

      Such a bad book and movie,it became a money making machine.
      Hey,more power to you who liked it but it was so bad ,so bad, wow! bad.
      It was silly and catered to certain teens who fall for this stuff.

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    42. Emily Ragsdale says: August 14, 2013 at 5:27 am

      Look, I’m a huge Twilight fan too, but I don’t feel “despised” or “humiliated” by Stephenie’s comments. So she’s trying to move on from Twilight…can you blame her? She’s gotten so much undeserved criticism and vitriol thrown her way by people who don’t like the books, it probably is a lot harder for her than we’d think to want to put any more of that out there for the haters to stomp all over. Because let’s face it, a lot of their comments can be extremely personal and hurtful.

      Stephenie, I don’t know whether you’ll read this comment, but if you do I want you to know I’m a fan of yours no matter what you write or don’t write. Twilight and The Host have given me hours of reading enjoyment and characters and places I love to revisit, and I know that whatever other fictional worlds you come up with will be just as fascinating!

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    43. Maria Suarez says: August 14, 2013 at 4:48 am

      Hopefully, the exiting drama of Twilight is still in the author head. Miss the characters and still have unanswered questions of what happened. Miss the expectation of her exciting stories! Please keep writing Mrs. Meyer! Loyal fan of the Twilight series.

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    44. thefatblogg says: August 14, 2013 at 3:08 am

      I can understand how Twilight isn’t a happy place to be. She has received so much criticism from those books, so many jabs at her character and talent simply because “vampires aren’t supposed to sparkle”. Hogwash, since vampires aren’t real creatures and are.up for interpretation. Gah, see! This is why it’s not a happy place for her, because this is all anyone talks about when they read/hear her name! “Vampires don’t sparkle”, get over it naysayers.

      Anyway, I don’t see it as her turning her back on her fans, but I get why it would seem that way. She’s moved on with that chapter of her life. She’s moved away from the dark hate of the world. It doesn’t make her any less admirable for telling a story she wanted to tell and venturing to new projects. I, for one, look forward to what she does in the future.

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    45. natascha says: August 14, 2013 at 2:35 am

      What about “Midnight Sun” ??????????

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    46. Samantha says: August 14, 2013 at 2:03 am

      I am SO NOT SURPRISED that she has turned on you Fans….
      Remember, Stephanie is a hack fan fiction writer that abandoned her followers then too…
      And personally, I think breaking dawn 2 is the most HILARIOUS movie ever made !!
      Way to to Stephanie, your just the same as you always were…..
      DISLOYAL

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    47. gkngc04 says: August 14, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Wow! I am speechless….I can understand that she is ready to move on from Twilight but my gosh, to stab your fans in the back like that was immature and so uncalled for….why can’t twilight be a happy place for you? Because you made millions and money makes people crazy? Take a note from Robert Pattinson’s playbook Ms. Meyers: be humble, genuine and gracious, he knows how he got to where he is and wouldn’t oncestep on the toes of his fans who took him there….boo on you! I am over you….

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    48. kimc333 says: August 14, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Sad you think the characters go away when you’re done reading a book. Isn’t that what Austenland is all about? The characters stay with you!

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    49. Kitkat says: August 13, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Question: what happened to midnight sun???

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    50. E.v. Emmons says: August 13, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      For the most part her answers seemed genuine, but the part that bothered me is how quickly she dismissed Twilight, ‘she’s so over it, and its not a happy place to be’ etc How is it not a happy place? It got her wealth, fame, and opportunity. You would think she’d be forever grateful, and willing to keep the door open for the fans. The day may come, when her projects and money dry up, and she may very well have to crawl on her belly over glass to us fans, in hopes we’d buy more Edward and Bella stories. That felt a bit shoddy to me…

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