Sunday, April 7, 2013

"Twilight's" Stephenie Meyer Comments on "Fifty Shades of Grey;" Gay Catholic Released From Church Duties

I may have missed it, but I haven't seen any public comments where "Twilight" author, Stephenie Meyer, commented on the E.L. James novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey." The reason why I'm curious about this is because it's been said that "Fifty Shades of Grey" originated as fanfiction under a different title and was allegedly based upon Meyer's "Twilight." A fact that to this day most people don't seem to know.

And this week in Time Magazine's "10 Questions" feature, there's an interview with Stephenie Meyer and one of the questions is directed toward how she feels about "Fifty Shades of Grey." I still get the print magazine in the mail, but if you're interested in reading the interview online, you can get it here. The interview is not up yet. I'm not sure how this works, but I think Time keeps the newest interviews for paid subscribers until a certain amount of time has passed...and then they let it go public.

One of the questions gets into how Meyer deals with so much of the criticism she's received from the literary community at large.

The literary establishment isn't always kind to you. How do you deal with criticism?

A lot of it I really take to heart, because I know I'm not the best writer. I do try to learn from it. I feel like with each book I've written, I've gotten a little bit better. You sometimes have to tune it out, because it can be that voice in your head all the time and be really crippling.

And now here's the question she answered about "Fifty Shades of Grey" and E. L. James. As a side note, this isn't exactly how I would have phrased the question. This could be why Time Magazine is now about as thick as a vanilla wafer.

I have to ask you about "Fifty Shades of Grey." E. L. James took something that you created and used it as inspiration for something that's pretty raunchy. How does that make you feel?

It doesn't feel that connected to me. I haven't read it so I don't know. I'm glad that she's doing well and succeeding, and that's cool. The raunchy part, I wish that wasn't attached to "Twilight," just because I don't think of it that way, but, you know, it doesn't hurt "Twilight."

At least they didn't say "Mommy porn." And it's a great answer, but I still can't help wondering what she really thinks.

Gay Catholic Released From Church Duties

I had a much longer post about this article yesterday, but it sounded so much like a rant I decided not to publish it. This isn't something about which I want to rant anymore, because it is what it is. I just want to post the facts for people who might not know them.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Coppola said he attended a mass at St. Anthony's celebrating justice and equality. After the homily, he was summoned into the office of his pastor, Father Nicholas Lombardi, where he was told an anonymous letter complaining about his sexuality had been sent to Bishop William Murphy of the Rockville Centre Diocese, which includes St. Anthony's Parish. Lombardi said Coppola would be banned from his parish duties, as a result of the letter.

By parish duties they are talking about the fact that Coppola did a lot of volunteer work for the church, a church for which he was a devoted member for a decade. This is part of the anonymous letter:

This letter is to inform you of a serious situation at St. Anthony's in Oceanside. I have made numerous calls to your office which I believe have fallen on deaf ears.

Nicolas Coppola ... is a homosexual. He was recently married to another man. He does not hide this or keep it silent.

With all that The Catholic Church has been dealing with and trying to stop, WHY IS THIS PERMITTED?

As a result, the church released Coppola from his duties. You can read more here.

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