Stephenie Meyer Embraces Her Inner Jason Bourne Fangirl
You probably know author Stephenie Meyer from the wildly popular Twilight series (and the blockbuster movies that followed), but you might not know that this publishing powerhouse is a serious fan of Jason Bourne.
Yep, that Jason Bourne; Robert Ludlum's amnesic supersolider that you may have also seen in a few films. In fact, she was so inspired by the spy that she delved into fan fiction for her new thriller, The Chemist. Goodreads got Meyer to spill all her secrets about this obsession:
The Bourne Legacy in the see-it-in-the-theater-five-times, make-matching-necklaces way obsessed. (I used to keep my inner fangirl strictly in check out of some misplaced sense of decorum, but being part of the Twilight fandom showed me what I was missing. I've been a lot more open to embracing that inner fangirl since.)
I'd always loved Jason Bourne, but adding in the sci-fi element of the supersoldier is what pushed me over the edge into obsession.
My sister-in-obsession's birthday was approaching, and I thought I would surprise her with her own tailor-made resolution to the story. For the first (and only, so far) time in my life, I wrote fan fiction.
It was super fun, and also pressure-free, because I knew that it could never be published. But another part of the fun was writing something fast-paced and full of manhunts, bullets, and assassinations.
When I was done, I found myself craving another similar outlet. I unearthed the notes I'd made back in 2010 and found some things I really liked. I got to work on the story, and it flowed quickly. I love that kind of writing, when the story just pulls you along with it."
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