Bearing in mind that Gawker Media is an outrage machine, it does have some funny articles.
What’s interesting here is that this is playing out to be something interesting for all of us as writers who want to be authors, and I don’t think that it is a shining example.
I don’t think she’s a writer as much as she’s a marketer. Someone who’s not very good at acknowledging the collaborative efforts put into the original fan fiction that later formed 50SoG. Someone who’s not perhaps conducted themselves with any degree of dignity. Mara Wilson is lovely in her online interactions and didn’t deserve the insult that was directed at her.
Screenwriting is a different animal, less forgiving than a novel in some ways and more prone to interference. The director and original screenwriter don’t want any part of future sequels, leaving the cast held hostage until negotiations reach a conclusion.
I know you can’t argue with success, and I don’t begrudge her at all. However, you hope that someone might at least have a word and warn her that this has all the potential of being textbook hubris coming back to bite her.
There’s no news on a new book.
Success can be as paralyzing as failure, can’t it? The weight of expectation is as much a form of resistance as when you can’t write at all.
I wonder what she’s like as a person, how she feels about what’s being reported and whether it worries her at all. I don’t dislike her and we can all look at what fame does and if we’re careful see what pitfalls there are and what we would do.