We all know E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey is Twilight fan fiction. But until you see both films, you may not realized how similar they are. The two romantic dramas are legitimately the same story, it was just a matter of adding a Red Room and subtracting a vampire.
If you’re too lazy to buy into the hype and spend time watching these films, here’s all you need to know. (And if you love both Fifty Shades and Twilight, this is about to be the best thing of your life.)
1. Female lead names
Ana is short for Anastasia and Bella for Isabella. Each has the same amount of syllables.
Both take place in rainy and gray Washington towns — Seattle (Fifty Shades) and Forks (Twilight), respectively. Which just adds to the sexual tension and dark ambiance of it all.
3. Ana and Bella are twins.
Mousey, totally average white girls who are awkward and fall a lot. They’re also loners who don’t enjoy group activities. Seriously, they’re “not [their] thing.”
4. As are the male leads, Christian and Edward.
Brooding, intense, mysteriously, and sexy brunettes who fall for these boring girls (yet no one knows why).
5. He can’t “read her.”
6. He feels a crazy need to protect her, especially since she’s prone to accidents.
Exhibit A: Ana almost just got ran over.
Exhibit B: So did Bella.
“Could you at least watch where you walk,” guys?
7. Suddenly, he tells her she shouldn’t be with him.
Christian tells Ana: “I’m not the guy for you, I have to let you go.”
Edward tells Bella: “If you were smart, you’d stay away from me.”
8. Then, he decides he can’t leave her alone. Just can’t.
Christian: “I’m incapable of leaving you alone.”
Edward: “I don’t have the strength to stay away from you anymore.”
To which Ana and Bella both originally reply: “Then don’t.”
9. The ethnically ambiguous friend (José in Fifty Shades, Jacob in Twilight) threatens the central relationship.
Why they’re all fighting over her, we’ll never know.
10. Stalker behavior sets in, especially with other men.
Christian won’t stop eying José during his photo shoot and swears he’s romantically connected to Ana.
Edward follows Bella to another town and wards of a group of creepy drunk men.