James' trilogy began as fan fiction, a thriving genre online in which fans write variations of their favorite books and characters, stories usually intended solely for fellow aficionados. James used the vampire Edward and teen Bella from Stephenie Meyers' mega-selling "Twilight" and placed them in Seattle. First called "Master of the Universe" and published two years ago on the website , James' stories attracted a strong following and were released commercially in 2011 by Writer's Coffee Shop.
The books' success has set off a strong debate online.
The arguments are that it is well-known that the book started as fan fiction, and that James' characters are nothing more than stand-ins for Edward and Bella; the publisher says the book has undergone major changes to become the series it is.