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I actually read the whole Guardian interview and what she really says is quite different. She supports E.L. James and is happy for her success, but won't read Fifty Shades, because it's smut and Meyer doesn't read smut. She doesn't even read regular romances - too much sex for her. So she doesn't dismiss E.L. James, she simply said "Not my genre."

What annoys me far more is that she continues peddling her "poor little Stephenie who never thought of writing a book, let alone took a creative writing class before" line, when it's simply not true. Stephenie Meyer did take creative writing classes with Dave Farland (who teaches at Brigham Young, Meyer's alma mater) at some point. Farland has mentioned it repeatedly.

I really wonder what the reason behind this whole "Oh, I'm just a simple housewife and mother, I don't know anything about writing" story that so often shows up in the official bios of successful female writers. E.L. James also pushed the "I'm just a wife and mother" line, even though she used to be a TV producer and married to a screenwriter.
 

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CoraBuhlert said:
I really wonder what the reason behind this whole "Oh, I'm just a simple housewife and mother, I don't know anything about writing" story that so often shows up in the official bios of successful female writers. E.L. James also pushed the "I'm just a wife and mother" line, even though she used to be a TV producer and married to a screenwriter.
They want the average reader to identify with them and feel a connection.
 

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She's a Mormon (LDS).  They feel very strongly against anything "pornographic" (and don't make distinctions between erotica and porn) so it isn't likely she would read something like 50 Shades.  Most LDS won't even watch an R rated movie.
 
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