Stephenie Meyer Clarifies Her Remarks to Variety

On her website, Stephenie Meyer clarified her remarks to Variety about being “over Twilight” that were found in this article.

Hi everyone,

I’m just back from my short publicity tour for Austenland, and very glad to be home with my boys. I hope you all are having a wonderful summer with your families, and that you have a few more weeks to enjoy (unlike Arizona, where we were back to school last week).

With all the travelling, I only just heard about the current controversy, and I am both surprised and dismayed. 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. I was lucky enough to see a few of them Tuesday night at the Apple “Meet the Filmmakers” event, and they were so lovely! I’m always surprised and touched that people still care about my stories.

Any of you who have ever watched me answer a question live, especially to an indulgent inquirer like a fansite, know that I do tend to go on. Though I try to be as concise as possible to make editing easier for whichever news outlet I’m working with, I’m (still) not very good at it. If you look at the Variety article, you’ll notice that I’m speaking in very short statements. Of course, I didn’t actually. I spoke in run-on paragraphs and made the poor, sweet man who interviewed me comb through painstakingly trying to find a few completed sentences that he could use to convey the idea of what I was saying. Unfortunately, in shortening the interview to a usable size, some of the meaning of what I was trying to say was lost, and I believe the statements I made ended up sounding much more harsh than I meant them.

Even those of you who love Twilight the most (in fact, especially those who love it the most) have probably noticed that there’s been just a teensy little bit of backlash following the success of the books and films. I try my hardest to be thick-skinned, but I’m not much better at that than I am at brevity. So when I speak of Twilight becoming a negative place for me, it is entirely that near-omnipresent Twilight antipathy that I am speaking of. And I’m not complaining or saying it’s unfair—I totally understand and even empathize with its existence. I’m just saying that Twilight isn’t the wholly positive place for me that it once was.

Also, in regards to being “over it,” I will admit, it’s getting harder to answer the same questions about Twilight that I’ve been answering for the past decade (especially when I’m so excited to talk about Austenland). I can only imagine you are just as over reading those same answers. And the little bit about posting which characters died? That was referring to a solemn oath I made years and years ago to some cool fans. I swore I would not take to my grave the ideas I had for future stories, even if all I could to was list the outcomes in bullet points.

So please, never think I don’t appreciate the people who read, watch, and love Twilight. I am grateful for your existence every single day. Thanks for the most amazing decade!

Love,

Steph

Comments

  1. I understand her comment about the negativity surrounding Twilight. That would get wearisome, when something you loved and poured your creativity into was constantly derided and criticized. Since I discovered Twilight in 2008, I have been baffled and discouraged by the volatility towards the Saga, from both critics and the average audience. Why did it have to be a love/hate dynamic? I still do not understand why those who don’t appreciate the series have to tear it down in a way unique Twilight. No other series seems to have critics as hyper-vigilant as its fans are committed. And yet, while she may grow tired of addressing the same critiques and questions over a completed series, hopefully she will continue to encounter an equal or greater number of fans who still enjoy her work and eagerly look forward to those tidbits that she may share some day in the future!

    • “So when I speak of Twilight becoming a negative place for me, it is entirely that near-omnipresent Twilight antipathy”

      I just want to make sure people understand that last word — “antipathy” means HATE. She’s saying Twilight isn’t a happy place for her because it has garnered so much criticism. And we know this is true! The hatred is global! It’s ridiculous the way people put down Twilight. Why are we mad at her for this? We should be defending her! The haters stink!!

      Stephenie is being attacked by Twilight haters, and now the Twilight fans are joining the attack on her?

      • I am really saddened by the hate that has developed toward Twilight. Stephenie’s books were so inspiring to me. I can’t even describe how much her stories have helped me. I think they are full of inspiration, symbols and goodness. I know she was inspired as she wrote them. I also know there is a lot of seen and unseen forces that try to destroy anything that is good. I think that’s what’s happening with Twilight. Hang in there Stephenie. You did a good thing writing your books; there is always opposition to good. I hope you can and will finish Midnight Sun someday. I still believe Edward wants his story told and I hope you will be able to finish Wanda and Ian’s story. Your true fans still want to hear more from you. I will cherish my Twilight experience forever.

  2. Elizabeth (EverythingRemindsMeOfTwilight) says:

    She speaks for herself so well. It’s too bad that she felt she had to, though. I knew where she was coming from, what she meant, and how she was taken out of context. As always, Stephenie rocks! :)

    • I agree. It was clear to me before – even clearer now. It’s too bad she had to even explain herself. I still love her to pieces because she writes the BEST books. And c’mon people- she gave us Twilight fans book after book after book after book and worked on that companion book and worked on all the movies and the novelette – seriously, what more do people want from her? After all that giving to this fandom, she deserves to take a break from vampires and go create new, fun projects that make her happy!

  3. Megan Rose says:

    Amen Dawn!! And I agree completely Elizabeth, she shouldn’t have had the need to clarify. It’s so annoying how the media takes everything out of context (though Strphenie does make it sound as though it probably was unintentional in this case).

  4. I love that lady ! AND SHE’S RIGHT !

  5. In some ways one would think her fans would have wondered about the short answers in the Variety article. We know she goes on and rambles. Great way to explain what happened and explain more fully why Twilight is not as happy a place as it use to be for her. I feel sad that she feels that way about Twilight, but understand how/why. Wish her the best in all her future project, I plan on following her career.

  6. “So when I speak of Twilight becoming a negative place for me, it is entirely that near-omnipresent Twilight antipathy that I am speaking of. ”

    It is a bummer that the Twi-hatred has gotten to her.

    But first, let me note that Stephenie is just plain cool.

    I’ve mentioned this before on unreasoning Twi-hatred: the first round of reviews of Twilight in late ’05 and early ’06, including those on vampire sites, were largely positive. The backlash didn’t really get going until the ’08 Comic-Con, when a bunch of gender-noninclusive, territorial, intolerant fanboys felt that their turf had been encroached on and so the floodgates of loathing opened.

    • I agree, because no matter how much we loved the series and the characters, the hater critics always had some cynical, snarky remark to make about the series and it’s author. So in a lot of ways I can understand why she feels that way about the media oversaturation her series has gotten and that’s the good and the bad. For her the bad part of it has made her care-worn over her series and she shouldn’t be made to feel that way. She knows how much the series means to us and we shouldn’t take her comments as personal jabs at us. She wants to put the series on the shelf for awhile and focus on her new projects, which I am excited about. Twilight and it’s fandom will always be with me and it’s a place I will stay for a long time to come.

  7. I just figured that she wasn’t as fond as Twilight as she used to be because before it was her own private escape, and now the whole world knows about it and either loves it or hates it. I was an early fan, back before there were movies, before even Eclipse the book came out and it was nice, because there were fans but not huge crowds of them and it was nice to enjoy. The way its become so huge and marketed it’s not as enjoyable as it once was. I figure that since that part of Twilight is over, she’s just ready to move on to another part of her life.

  8. I don’t think that she is trying to “back-pedal” or make up for her earlier comment. As happens in so many celebrity/author interviews the whole answer was not given. I think she still loves the series/world she created, however she is trying to move forward with her career. I have always and will always love the Twilight saga and yet if she chooses not to write anything further in this series it is her choice. (Although I would really love to read more about her fantastic characters, especially the Volturi ;) ). All I can really say to Stephenie Meyer is thank you for the wonderful books that have provided me with hours of enjoyment.

  9. When I heard the original quote, I was pretty sure it was an off-hand remark that was given centre stage and, in context, would have seemed far less severe than it came across. And I don’t blame her for being fed up with all the negativity. So am I!

  10. Love the love, hate the hate.

    I’m glad it hasn’t really become a negative thing for her, it’ll always be amazing to me :)

  11. I figured that is what she meant. I don’t blame her at all about being sick about being asked about Twilight. She always gets asked about it, even when she’s trying to promote other projects that have nothing to do with Twilight. I

    • Yea, I love her and her work… I don’t believe this is a put on at all, it’s completely in line with my impression of her as person, which has been formed over the past 6 years…

  12. Twilight fans, please don’t coddle her.

    Once again Meyer is blaming others for her problems “Oh, everyone hates Twilight, now, so I don’t wanna be involved with it, because it hurts my feelings. But I’m saying that I understand, and I’m not complaining, when clearly I am here writing this to say how it affects me!”.

    This is the 3rd time, already! First, the “Rob effect”, then the “Midnight Sun” leak, and now this. She is begging to be attacked. She was the one who wrote Twilight, she was the one who published it, she sold the rights to the movies,she made her bed, now she has to lay on it.
    And she is the one who didn’t do anything to improve. She didn’t like the changes in Eclipse, well guess what? They made the movie better! But she had to produce Breaking Dawn, because oh-no, no one must change my vision! Breaking Dawn didn’t connect with the 3 previous books, and angered half her fan-base? But that’s how she wanted it to be, so she didn’t care. Don’t like it? Get used to it.

    And sick of answering the same Twilight questions? Maybe if you had put actual effort in the Illustrated Guide, you wouldn’t need to answer more questions. Also, if you listened to the ANTIS for a change, you would be surprised at the variety of questions they have. I, for example have a lot of questions for you, that weren’t asked before, neither explained properly, since you are not capable of giving a straight answer without rambling. The truth is, you can’t really answer, because you have no control over your own world. After all you “don’t think when writing”, neither “do research, because it’s fantasy”.

    Want some respect, Meyer? Work for it, listen to criticism, do some research, stop being a victim, and grow up!

    • For an ‘anti’ you seem to have thought about Twilight and Meyer as much as a superfan.

      “She is begging to be attacked.”

      No, she isn’t. That’s what bullies always say. And it’s a big fat load.

      You do know that Breaking Dawn is a rewrite of Forever Dawn, the first book she wrote after Twilight, don’t you? No, of course you didn’t.

      • Even antis want some clarification.

        Actually I did, I always did know that Breaking Dawn is a rewrite of Forever Dawn, and when it existed, New Moon and Eclipse haven’t been written. But then they were, and the conflicts from NM and Eclipse weren’t resolved in BD in a satisfying way, being sort of swept under the rug, or sloppily resolved, so everything could be perfect and beautiful. Why do you think so many fans hated it, and still do? Forever/Breaking Dawn just didn’t fit anymore, or at least should have had a lot more care.

        Ok, I admit I was too harsh, but that’s how I interpreted what she said.

        • Now it sounds like BD wasn’t what YOU wanted so you’re going to stamp your foot and say the story wasn’t resolved and the fans hated it. If you hate it,, so what? Move on with your life. If you’re such an anti why don’t you stay off the fan sites and find something better to do. The books are written, she’s not going back to change them. I thought the story was perfect and everything was resolved in a beautiful way. There are those of us who are happy with the story. Believe it or not, there are such things as happy endings – that’s one of the messages of the book. Sometimes things don’t work out like we think or want, but we can all have a happily ever after. That’s what happens here. Everyone ends up with a happily ever after because of their desire to be good and the good choices they make. Of course I wish Stephenie could answer every one of my questions, but that’s not going to happen. I hope you can find happiness and peace in your life and I hope you can resolve this hatred your have toward her and her books.

          • BTW, I loved the Illustrated Guide and am grateful she was able to write such an extensive treatise on the series. Do I wish she could write three more volumes? Yes, but it’s unrealistic to expect she can. A girl can alwyas dream though. Another thing you could do would be to make up your own resolutions and/or endings and write them down for yourself. You could even do it in the set of journals Stephenie had on sale a couple years ago. Who knows, maybe your ending even exists in a parallel universe somewhere.

    • Sounds like someone is a little jealous of her success. Please go be critical somewhere else.

      • Yes, I’m so jealous of being famous because of something that is hated by half the world.

        Please, come up with better arguments.

  13. It bugs me when people talk about Stephenie like she owes the fans her life and will always be in our debt. She has given us a great thing that we have all been able to participate in and for that I’m grateful. If I were Stephenie I probably would have retreated a long time ago. I totally get what she is saying, while new twilight things were going on it was easier to deal with the negative when so many positive things were happening. Now that twilight things are over, all there is left are the negative that everyone feels obligated to shove down our throats. That would be so difficult to take as the creator of twilight. I’m grateful she has handled it with such grace and has continued to work on other projects.

    Also, I think it’s good practice to take any interview anyone does as a grain of salt. These people are trying to sell you stuff and they will do anything they can to draw attention to their interview. That normally means shifting things around so it sounds more controversial or harsh that it really is. And it obviously worked.

    I look forward to the other projects Stephenie will work on. Can’t wait to see Austenland!

  14. Because of what was said by SM in that interview doesn’t make one bit of difference in how I feel about beloved Twilight but it does in how I feel about its author.
    This wasn’t her first interview and if she’s sick of talking about Twilight how about just saying I loved that time in my life and it was such a success because of how all of the fans received it. Now the other things I’m working on are…..
    She didn’t have to answer questions in a way that could be misconstrued. She’s a writer for heavens sake.
    Her biggest mistake was not finishing her job.
    Midnight Sun was advertised and was promised to be coming out as part of the series. My gosh it was EDWARD’S story how could she not understand how important that book was to the fans. How much we were all looking forward to it. As far as I’m concerned the Twilight saga is not complete without Midnight Sun.
    I understand that she wants to move on but she doesn’t have to let the negativity of what might be said about Twilight take the place of what’s good about it.
    She won’t find the success she’s seeking if she keeps pushing the ardent fans of Twilight away.
    If its author can’t defend and stick up for it who will. It was her baby at one time. Has she really decided to forget about, or be ” so over it”. Who forgets their baby ??? She shouldn’t, not if she wants her fans to be “so over her. “

  15. Because of what was said by SM in that interview doesn’t make one bit of difference in how I feel about beloved Twilight but it does in how I feel about its author.
    This wasn’t her first interview and if she’s sick of talking about Twilight how about just saying I loved that time in my life and it was such a success because of how all of the fans received it. Now the other things I’m working on are…..
    She didn’t have to answer questions in a way that could be misconstrued. She’s a writer for heavens sake.
    Her biggest mistake was not finishing her job.
    Midnight Sun was advertised and was promised to be coming out as part of the series. My gosh it was EDWARD’S story how could she not understand how important that book was to the fans. We were all looking forward to it. As far as I’m concerned the Twilight saga is not complete without Midnight Sun.
    I understand that she wants to move on but she doesn’t have to let the negativity of what might be said about Twilight take the place of what’s good about it.
    She won’t find the success she’s seeking if she keeps pushing the ardent fans of Twilight away.
    If its author can’t defend and stick up for it who will. It was her baby at one time. Has she really decided to forget about, or be ” so over it”. Who forgets their baby ??? She shouldn’t, not if she wants her fans to be “so over her. “

  16. shelley (@dorynaturalblue) says:

    “Still a better lovestory than Twilight”.

    How many of you haven’t come across this phrase? Because I see it everywhere! And how do you feel about it? Pissed off maybe? How should Stephenie feel about it?

    I can totally understand her feelings. A person can’t become arrogant and ungrateful over a day. Because she’s just not like that. We got to know her character through her books. And for those who are going to disagree with the previous statement, we got to know her character even through the acknowledgement pages of her books. We know who she is!

    Don’t be mad at her! She gave as the greatest present! The privilege to be able to dream again!

    Steph, we will always support you! You girl rock! Thank YOU for the most amazing decade! Thanks for the decades to come! Thanks for making our lives shinier! :)))

  17. I feel sorry for Stephenie,there was alot of critics and haters to her work like no other. Personally I love twilight,it makes read again and remember how much I love reading. It’s my happy place whenever I’m down. I really want to thank Stephenie Meyer for sharing her dream with us, and I hope oneday twilight will become a happy place for her again.

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