I found that hard to believe, so I decided to do a little research, and, yes, it’s true. A serialized version was published online with different characters. Self-made billionaire, Christian Grey, originated as a non-vampire older version of high school vampire Edward Cullen, and shy studious English Literature major, Anastasia Steele, originated as Edward’s high school love interest, Bella Swan. Written under the pseudonym, Snowqueen’s Icedragon, the story was originally titled Master of the Universe.
That came as a surprise since the only similarities seemed to be that both of the stories were set in Seattle. Out of curiosity, I tried to find Master of the Universe on the internet but without much success. All I could manage to pull up were a few snippets here and there. But I soon learned from my research that if you want to read Master of the Universe, all you have to do is read the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy because both stories are about eighty-nine percent the same. Only the names and a few words were changed.
Master of the Universe
“There’s a knock at the door and Blond Number Two enters. “Mr. Cullen, forgive me for interrupting but your next meeting is in two minutes.”
Fifty Shades of Grey
“There’s a knock at the door, and Blond Number Two enters. “Mr. Grey, forgive me for interrupting, but your next meeting is in two minutes.”
Having read Twilight along with Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, I did notice some similarities between the characters relationships to the characters in Twilight, i.e. Grace/Esme, Jose/Jacob, Kate/Rose, etc. But that's about it. Clearly Fifty Shades was inspired by Twilight, but the characters are older and more mature, and the story itself is original. Other than sharing the same names, the characters are original.
I have never been a fan of fan-fiction. I have never cared for writing it or reading it. I can’t wrap my head around taking the time to create an original story around characters someone else created. If you have an original story to tell, why would you not create your own characters to fit your own unique story? But I guess that’s a question for E. L. James. If I ever have the pleasure of meeting her, I’ll be sure to ask.