Stephen King Comments on JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer


Feb 03, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Scores of readers let us know about a new interview with acclaimed author Stephen King, who has made some new comments regarding Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer. Speaking with USA Weekend, Mr. King compared the two authors and had some blunt things to say about the Twilight author Meyer. Quotage as follows:

Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking
directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is
a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s
not very good.”

“Somebody who’s a terrific writer who’s been very, very successful
is Jodi Picoult. You’ve got Dean Koontz, who
can write like hell. And then sometimes he’s just awful. It varies. James Patterson
is a terrible writer but he’s very very successful. People are
attracted by the stories, by the pace and in the case of Stephenie
Meyer, it’s very clear that she’s writing to a whole generation of
girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those
books. It’s exciting and it’s thrilling and it’s not particularly
threatening because they’re not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical
side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her
forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold.
And for girls, that’s a shorthand for all the feelings that they’re not
ready to deal with yet.”

Thanks to everyone who emailed!

317 Responses to Stephen King Comments on JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer

Avatar ImageDavid. says: So true. Stephanie Meyer is not a good author, but her stories are what attracts all of her readers. Avatar Imagemichaelabraham says: Stephen King, you've just made my day :) Although I'd hate to be you when the hoards of Twilighters are finished with you.Avatar Imagexoxwhoaxox says: Its pretty true. What King said is something we've all thought, but haven't had to a chance to say in a way that would make an effect. Stephen King has done just that, and good on him for doing so.Avatar ImageLP Dantas says: Oooh boy, this is not gonna be pretty... *grabs popcorn*Avatar Imagenetsrikb says: haha so true! He took the words out of my mouth! It is about time that twilight received some (very) public criticism!!!Avatar Imagespottedxfire says: When I saw this article as I was signing onto my email I got happy butterflies! Thank you Stephen King for stating the obvious! =DAvatar Imagehptwerdfighter says: On Twitter Stephenie Meyer was spelled wrong... glad that's fixed. Ok, I happen to completely be against insulting ANY authors work. I happen to really enjoy Twilight (Stephenie Meyer) and Maximum Ride (James Patterson).Avatar ImageAntoast says: i have to agree she's not very good but man.. you'll be dead when the twilight fans are finished with u let me spell that for u D-E-A-D dead!!!Avatar Imagedebbielikescereal says: Thank you Stephen King. Avatar ImageRemus_Rocks says: Yeah she isnt a great writer, I think the fans of Twilight must just get into it so much they can over look the mistakes?? I'm not sure hes made himself too popular though....not that he probably even cares.Avatar ImageLP Dantas says: Well, the only "sin" Stephen commited was in the "can't write worth a darn" bit. It's funny, but a bit harsh, and that alone caused all the fangirl rage you see in the comments. :rollseyes: But you can see that he actually read the books by the comments he has on them. His description of the book's appeal doesn't seem to be based on some Graig's list.Avatar ImageLP Dantas says: Well, the only "sin" Stephen commited was in the "can't write worth a darn" bit. It's funny, but a bit harsh, and that alone caused all the fangirl rage you see in the comments. :rollseyes: But you can see that he actually read the books by the comments he has on them. His description of the book's appeal doesn't seem to be based on some Craig's list.Avatar ImageCourtneyPotter says: Well I think J.K Rowling is a better writter but I dont think Stephenie Meyer is bad. She just needs more experience in writting. Avatar Imagetaraaa says: YES hahaha awesome, thats why I love him. Avatar Imagertpuppydog says: I don't get obsessed over Twilight, but they were a nice read, and I think that Stephenie Meyer is a good author. So is James Patterson. But I'm hoping that Stephen King wasn't completely serious, maybe exaggerating a little. I think that being able to get a book published is a great honor. Even though some books can be terrible, it is still a lot of effort Avatar Imagegeneliz says: I've always loved Stephen King.. Carrie is on my bookshelf right next to Harry Potter. But these quotes just totally made my day, haha. WOOO JK<3 :) Wonder how the Twilight fan base will react... AHAHAHAHA. >:DAvatar Imagegeneliz says: I've always loved Stephen King.. Carrie is on my bookshelf right next to Harry Potter. But these quotes just totally made my day, haha. WOOO JK<3 :) Wonder how the Twilight fan base will react... AHAHAHAHA. >:DAvatar Imagealexmartinez says: Today, I Love Stephen KingAvatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: ooof..a bit harsh :/ hope twilighters don't read USA Weekend..Avatar ImageJavier J says: i used to like stephen king a lot! but now, i LOVE him!Avatar ImageJavier J says: i used to like stephen king a lot! but now, i LOVE him!Avatar ImageJenleigh says: Thank you, that's what I've been saying the whole time! Stephenie Meyer cannot write. The very fact that Harry Potter and Twilight constantly get compared bothers the heck out of me!Avatar ImageBre Sartain says: Meyer is just wretched fanfic passed off as original. And really, the Twitards can't tought King--that guy wrote The Dark Tower, and recieved more flak from the fans than anything. I <3 king.Avatar Imagelostielover says: Amazing, this has completely made my day. Stephen King is spot on, maybe its a little bit harsh, but its so true. Avatar ImageHPKnowItALLFan13 says: Hahaha, yay for Stephen King! I'll support him when the TwiMoms and the TwiHards are out for his blood. What he said is very true; I enjoyed reading the Twilight series because they are so terribly written that it's hilarious. Aside from her predictable plots and veritable ick, she pretty much uses the same descriptions for her characters...over and over and over and over again. It's like "Oh just in case you forgot from the last page, Edward has marble skin, is beautiful, sparkly, blah, blah blah" and then "And Bella couldn't get over how TALL Jacob was....Wow, Jacob! You're TALL!"Avatar ImageAmikia says: I enjoyed Twilight, but I'm up with the first to admit that it's pure fluff. It's not great writing, it's fluff! And makes for a fun summer read. It's definitely nowhere near The Jo Standard. =-DAvatar ImageRosalie says: LOL thank you Stephen King!Avatar ImageKaylie Marie says: I agree, Stephanie Meyer did pretty well for her first book, but her second, third, and forth? Sucked. Without J.K. Rowling getting the ball rolling for series like this years ago, Meyer would have never gotton published.Avatar Imagegaminette says: oooooh... ouch. Them's fightin' words, Mr. King. I haven't read Twilight, but I know people are really passionate about them, and that's cool with me. O_oAvatar Imagehptwerdfighter says: Oh wow everyone... oh wow. And for the record: I'm actually not obsessed with Edward at all, yet I still love Twilight. Don't judge ALL Twilight fans by the actions of the annoying Edward/Rob fangirlsAvatar Imagecleverssynonym says: Thank you, Stephen King! The thing that gets me is that die hard twilight fans actually admit that the writing is terrible. It's a book. The writing is supposed to be what makes it good! That's like saying it's a good meal that takes bad!!Avatar Imageryuzastar says: Oh thank you, thank you so much Mr. King! You've made my day, no... you've made my entire week! And don't worry, I'll be first among Potter fans standing between you and the Twilight brainwashees.Avatar Imagemoongardener says: I am thrilled to discover that my opinion of all these authors and Mr King's match. Maybe I have better literary instincts than I thought. Certainly better than my Patterson and Meyer loving friends think!Avatar ImageNickB says: Meyer is pretty bad. You can go through Twilight and count mistake after mistake. The story may be interesting, but all she did was expand and change up the concept of vampires and create characters on the way that could have been expanded a lot more. Whereas J.K. Rowling created an amazing world, based on good writing, planning, learning, etc. Obviously we're bias, but we're right. =) lolAvatar Imagefidelia says: Well, I don't think anyone is out there saying that Ms Meyer will win awards for literary merit. (She has a tendency to use long paragraphs where a well-chosen word or two would do......) Stephen King DID compliment her on her ability to keep an entire generation of younger readers enthralled, so he mixed his criticism with praise. And so the hooplah is about.....?Avatar ImageRavenclawed says: I couldn't agree more with King - until now I thought I was in the minority, but perhaps not. Meyer's writing is so bad that I can't read it, I just cringe. I actually thought it was irresponsible of the publisher to release a book so poorly written. If Meyer needs to learn her craft, they should have given her the time to learn her craft and THEN write the book! Otherwise, it just reflects badly on everybody. King wrote a book called `On Writing' a few years back, which is well worth a read if you're interested in writing fiction (perhaps she should grab a copy!)Avatar Imagetinagin says: Haven't read the Twilight series yet but I intend to.Avatar ImageCrazy4Neville says: Yes thank you Stephen King! Finally someone famous critizises Twilight. >:) I love him for that!Avatar ImageCrazy4Neville says: Yes thank you Stephen King! Finally someone famous critizises Twilight. >:) I love him for that!Avatar Imagelinnie95 says: Mr. King is entitled to his opinion. This is America, but I can not read his books. He scares me!!!!! I have not yet read the Twilight series yet, but want to. Do you think he was trying to jerk someones chain? Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I would just like to commend Stephen King for having the courage to give an honest comment and not placate the rabid fans of Twilight by giving a more positive remark on Stephenie Meyer. I agree with him that,while Meyer's stories are certainly fascinating and gripping, they lack the literary and writing merit to prominent in the works of J.K. Rowling.Avatar ImageKissa says: I agree with this to some extent. Stephenie Meyer isn't necessarily the best author around, but she isn't bad either, and she did have a good story going for the three first of her books. It's just sad that she chose to crap all over that with her fourth novel in the Twilight-series. I used to be a fan of hers, but though I don't put myself in that category anymore it doesn't mean I don't like her books! Her two first in the Twilight-series are some of my all-time favorites, and anyone who's read The Host would know she has talent -- but she needs to work on flexibility and being able to change her storyline if it turns out that it isn't gonna work. It doesn't matter if that's the ending she's envisioned from day 1, if it doesn't go with the rest of the books she needs to change it no matter what her feelings are on this. I imagine the difference between her first books and her latest installment to the series is what makes people say she's a bad writer. However, with all this being said, and as I'm very tired I'm sure I could have expressed my opinions differently, there is no contest between Stephenie Meyer and JKR. Not at all. I like most of SMeyer's books, but I LOVE ALL of JKR's. And then you haven't even gotten me started on grammar, buil-up, and so on!Avatar Imagemissingmarauder22 says: I've loved what he's said before about other topics, especially Potter. Now, you have every right to like what you like, but I got one paragraph into Twilight before I wanted to throw the book across the store.Avatar ImageLEW says: Fan-freakin-tastic. Avatar ImageMiss Freewind says: I really hate it when people start comparing authors and their books, especially when they have absolutely nothing to do with one another. I don't think Meyer is terrible writer (I actually think she is a wonderful author), she just has a different writing style and such that is perfect for her stories. Also, I don't want all stories to feel the same because what would be the point of reading them.Avatar ImageTygerz says: Thank you Stephen King! Finally, someone with a voice of reason. :) I like Stephenie Meyer's books... but they are no where in the same league as J.K. Rowling. Avatar Imageariana_dumbledore says: I don't much like Twilight (and I've read the first three) so this made my day =) =) =). Thank you Stephen King! I hope he lives through all the hate he's gonna get tho. Avatar Imagekrystledm says: Yes, thank you Steven King.Avatar Imageselene21 says: thanks stephen king finally!!!!!!!! someone said itAvatar ImageAduende says: Stephen King is my new hero. I love to hear criticisms of Stephanie Meyer coming from legitimate places. It makes me feel vindicated. Avatar Imageisc_hector says: Ok, that's it... I now plan to read EVERY book by Stephen King... lolz... Well, to tell you the truth I've never read Stephanie Meyer, so I can't judge. But I do know a bit of Mr. King's work and I do like it. I saw Twilight cause I had to take my li'l sister... honestly, for me, it was boring, but that's me. So who knows, only those who have read Mrs. Meyer's work will know if Mr. King was a bit harsh or much too soft.Avatar Imagealanayvonne says: i mean he has such a valid point. stephenie has nothing on jo. but i dont think people read twilight for its good writing just like king said. but idk saying it like that he just sounds so rude. she is an author her writing is her job. Avatar Imageredraven says: LP Dantas is right, this is not gonna be pretty. I am guilty of liking Twilight, however, it's in the same way many other like chick flicks, because they're cute and fluffy.Avatar ImageBell Dema says: King, you are awesome. Twilight is a Harlequin novel for thirteen year olds with a liking for fantasy who still live in a masculine-based society straight out from the Hollywood novels of the fifties, and right out of their romanticized minds. I worry about all the adults who believe Bella is a good example for any girl- in what kind of world do they wish to live?Avatar ImageLady of the Lake says: Oh dang!Avatar Imageandie89 says: Goodness, people are so narrow minded in their views of what makes good literature. If a piece of writing doesn't teach something, or have a deeper meaning then it is automatically considered bad writing. People need to learn to look at literature not only as a means to convey subtle and complex ideas, but also as a way to simply create something beautiful for itself, it's the same way with art.Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Yep, that's my fellow Mainer telling it like it is. Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Or, since we are both Mainers, I guess I should have started with ayuh.Avatar Imagepurplecat says: I agree, I read a few pages of "Twilight" and I felt brain cells dying. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one that thinks that Meyer's writing is a bit subpar.Avatar Imagelborealis says: I am all about Stephen King right now! I read Twilight, and yes I enjoyed it thoroughly, but in that soap opera 'omg this is so bad' guilty pleasure sort of way. Then it started coming out that she was being compared to Jo and I was stunned. Meyer's work can not in any way be held up to that quality. Harry Potter changed my life and my view on this world. Twilight gave me a week or two of nerd girl trashy fun...Avatar ImageCeltise says: Yeah i agree with some people...with more experience stephenie could have been a whole lot better...say if she had 7 not 4 books. Her writing (to me) is not annoyingly bad like it is with some other authors, perhaps this is due to the captivating plot of her books. i wonder if HP would have been so popular is JK wasnt such a good writer?Avatar Imageqwillpen says: I like Twilight. I like Harry Potter. I refuse to justify why I like them, or the authors.Avatar Imageradish_earrings says: Hurrah for Stephen King! You just made my night!Avatar Imagechoirgeek says: I'm a Twilight fan, but I know Stephenie's writing is pretty terrible. I laughed so hard when I saw this article, not gonna lie. Someone I know IRL tried to tell me that he didn't know what he was talking about by making these comments, which just made me laugh even harder, because that's absolute lunacy, considering that he's been one of the best horror writers for the last like thirty years, or however long his career has been. I'm not a fan of the type of novels he writes, so I can't say that I've read any of his work, but even without reading them, I know he's a damn good author who knows what he's talking about. ...somehow this comment got very off-topic from what I was originally going to say...Avatar ImageGinevra86 says: OMG! I haven't read Twilight (but I plan to... best to be informed before I make comments on the integrity of the piece), but I've heard a lot like this about the series. Jo really is an amazing writer and I really believe that's why the series endures. We'll just have to wait and see if people are still talking about Twilight in ten years... my guess is that they won't be!Avatar Imagemollywobble says: Oh yes, he just mentioned my two least favorite authors in the same sentence: Patterson and Meyer. I was forced to listen to one of James Patterson's books on tape during a long drive a couple years ago, and I found myself wanting to stick sharp objects in my ears less than an hour in. I'm just glad King had the guts to say it out loud. Now we all get to enjoy the fandom wank.Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: The Twilight series appeal to more than teenagers. I've read a lot of books over the years. I like most of Stephen King's and Dean R. Koontz's books. While most are good, there are some I just can't read. The Twilight series caught my attention from the first. I even like The Host . That one was a little slow getting started but when it did, it held your attention. I think it's wrong of any author to say another one can't write. She must be doing something right to have written 5 books and all are best sellers. I'm not a teenager, I'm a great grandmother who has read tons of books.Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: The Twilight series appeal to more than teenagers. I've read a lot of books over the years. I like most of Stephen King's and Dean R. Koontz's books. While most are good, there are some I just can't read. The Twilight series caught my attention from the first. I even like The Host . That one was a little slow getting started but when it did, it held your attention. I think it's wrong of any author to say another one can't write. She must be doing something right to have written 5 books and all are best sellers. I'm not a teenager, I'm a great grandmother who has read tons of books.Avatar Imagecheekysnake09 says: THANK YOU stephen king.Avatar Imagewizardinventor says: I don't know about speaking about anothers work like that. I don't really want to or plan to read the twilight books, but I don't think they should be ripped on like that. Imagine what it would be like if a person said this about Rowling. Yes, I agree Rowling is better, but that is a personal choice and preferance, so I will remain neutral on this subject. I don't kow if King is really in a position to make such statements, who does he think he is?Avatar ImageLeo_Lovegood says: Oh man I love Stephen King!Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: I've never read any of Mr. King's work, but from all I've heard and read about him, he's a master at his craft. That does not, however make him the authority on what constitutes good literature. As so many people have said so many times, the Harry Potter books and the Twilight books are entirely dissimilar except for the fact that they're fiction and they're hugely popular. I happen to love them both, because I can identify with many of the characters in each series in a number of ways, and I just think they're very enjoyable to read. A good writer is one who can capture their readers' attention and admiration by creating characters and situations that speak to many people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. That does not mean they have to appeal to everyone. I really, really don't like "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, but I hardly think I'd get away with saying they shouldn't be considered classics. For a more contemporary example, I also really hated "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire, but I know so many people who truly treasure it. Just because I don't like those books doesn't mean those authors were/are amateurs or lacked/lack talent. Talent, and good stories, are in the eye of the beholder.Avatar ImageDolemite says: Stephen King rules. He is so right.Avatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: I have to agree with Stephen King. I thought the Twilight books were an entertaining read. They weren't bad books, but they certainly weren't good literature. "A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that’s a shorthand for all the feelings that they’re not ready to deal with yet." I totally agree with this, but I think it's a bit worrisome. Because girls can relate to that feeling even if they're not ready to deal with it, but the big problem is what Bella ultimately does about it... and I don't think that's the best role model for girls to be following, ESPECIALLY when these are feelings they aren't experienced with. 18 is just too young for certain things in certain situations. (Sorry if this is vague, but I was trying not to post any spoilers!)Avatar ImageCaliypsoe says: This article makes me love him even more! :D Avatar ImageAraminta1987 says: Oh Stephen King, you took the words right out of my mouth! And I agree about the James Patterson - how the hell did he get successful? Avatar ImageNoella_Mansrot says: *snickers* Well put King. No, her writing is NOT brilliant, and should therefore never be compared to JKR, however the story IS good trashy-ish fun. Ah well, whoever said good writing was a prerequisite for a best seller? A best seller which was knocked into it's place by Beedle the Bard ;)Avatar Imagepatel says: Those of you saying Meyer just needs more experience seem to forget that JKR has written 7 novels to Meyers 5. How much more gosh darn, to borrow from mr king, experience does she need before she stops being a bad writer. And the only reason I feel so strongly about this is because somewhere in the past year people started called Meyer the next Jo and that is SO wrong. I just don't like it when things get attention they don't deserve.Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: Stephan King nailed it, except that he still compared Jo and Meyer. To me, this issue has nothing to do with comparing them. As stand alone books, the Twilight series is just bad and that has no reflection on anything else. Someone above was trying to say that just because he is a famous author, that does not make him an authority on "literature." That may be, but the fact is, there is a huge difference between an "entertaining story" (which is opinion and therefore not open to debate. No one can tell you your opinions are wrong. They're yours) and actual literature. There are quantifiable measures in place to judge whether a piece of work qualifies as literature. Whether it was entertaining or not has little to do with it (witness the "literary" classic Moby Dick. Yawn.) Twilight does NOT qualify as literature. The writing is so bad it is painful to read. And yes, I have read the first three. I can't make myself read the fourth, I would rather stab myself through the heart with hot pokers. A good STORYTELLER captures her readers imaginations. That does NOT make her a good writer. Stephanie Meyer is not a good writer. Thank God someone in the public eye finally had the guts to say so out loud.Avatar ImageWeasleyGirl93 says: In my opinion, Meyer's got a good, quick, easy to read story. However, Potter is just better written, there is so much more depth and substance to Rowling's work.Avatar ImagePrincessGilly says: I think he is right, JK Rowling is a totally different league to Meyer but it is not very nice to say it like that. Twilight has a large fan base so obviously there is something in her stories that appeal to people.Avatar ImageIWannaBeAWeasley says: Well...that just helps me out. I haven't read the Twilight books yet and I have heard so many mixed reviews about them so I haven't jumped to go get them. I think I will just hold off and maybe someday, when I finish the huge list of books I want to read, maybe then I will pick them up. And he also mentioned Jodi Piccoult, I have to say that I have read many of her books and they are wonderful. They aren't fantasy or anything, but they are all great stories. "My Sister's Keeper" was the first one of hers that I read and it was amazing. The topic is a bit controversial, but it is a very, very touching story. I highly recommend it!Avatar Imageaccio_salmon says: BEYOND AMAZING.Avatar Imagearyell says: Oh good Lord! Personally I don't think Meyer is as good a writer as Rowling,but who is anyway. And I don't really like King's writing style. I mean his plots are good, yes but his writing style... I don't know, for me i feel like he leaves something to be desired for. I haven't read any of those other books, not much into reading main stream fic ( I stumbled upon Harry Potter when it was still in it's infancy and i actually own a 1st edition Twilight) Everyone is entitled to their opinion so here's mine: 1. I enjoy reading ANYTHING by Jo and never feel like she jipped me on the story. 2. Meyer writes an interesting plot and funny quotes and gets into the teen mind fairy well. Still I consider her stuff well not to be lyrical, fluff. 3. King, may be considered 'king' among some circles but other than a few clever twist plots, his story plots and climaxes mostly leave me disappointed. My two cents. Avatar Imagesniffles612 says: Oh. Yes. Love that man.Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: WOW that was a little mean. I don't think Meyer is a good writer, but I did enjoy the series. It was fun...and I am way more willing to read a Meyer story than a King novel. So he should just shut his trap. T his reminds me of the Family Guy with King pitching his next story lolAvatar Imageavemarie says: I don't like King's writing or his stories, but I agree with what he said. Just not how he said it, exactly. I have read and enjoyed the first three books in the Twilight series. While I agree that Meyer is not an experienced or mature writer, I would not call her bad. She does have a really fun story that keeps your attention and that makes up for the lack of experience to people who are looking for a good story. Like a majority of her audience. And Jo is in a league ALL her own.Avatar ImageEruditeWitch says: I agree wholeheartedly. This Pwns. Her books are disgustingly horrible and teach young girls to be subservient and man obsessed.Avatar Imagepottershrink says: Too true! But I bet those twifans are going to send Cujo, Carri and Christine after you, Mr King!Avatar ImageElVampiro9878 says: I would have to agree. The Twilight Saga is not written very well at all. There are so many grammatical errors... and yet she sucks you in and you have to know what happens to these characters. I also feel that she over dramatizes things. I still like the books, but they're nothing compared to Harry Potter :)Avatar Imagemomentofzen says: Oh wow, I knew there was a reason I liked Stephen King. Good for him! This is going to get interesting out for those Twilighters, they're vicious. Avatar ImageeiVega says: Did anyone ever think otherwise? I enjoyed reading the Twilight books and LOVED the last two, but I never once thought she was actually a good writer. It was just a fun story but I would definitely get annoyed with it from time to time. You can like Twilight without having to compare it to Harry Potter. Just because Harry Potter is better doesn't mean Twilight is terrible. It's just fun.Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: I love it, twillight is not for me.Avatar Imageboushh says: In terms of quality Harry Potter and Twilight aren't comparable. HP wins hands down. The Twilight books can be a fun read (I'm on the last one) but I never expected them to be quality literature. They are like the B-Movie of books. It must stink to have Stephen King pan your work, though. LOL.Avatar Imagechaos35 says: Wow, Stephen King is blunt. He must be receiving a lot of hate mails right now. I agree with him though. I don't think Stephenie Meyer can really compare to Rowling. JK. Is. Too. Darn. Good.Avatar Imagewaffleshouse says: I agree, while Stephanie writes a compelling story it is not amazing writing. JK Rowling is Charles Dickens, while Stephanie is a penny dreadful. (for anyone else obsessed with regency and victorian periods of england.Avatar ImageFelipe_Q says: I agree with Stephen King's opinion, but I am a little annoyed that these comparisons between JK Rowling and other authors won't cease! Don't get me wrong, no other book series has yet come to occupy such a big place in my heart as the Harry Potter series has, and I doubt that any other book will have the same effect. I think Jo is a wonderful, creative, engaging and very talented writer and storyteller. Even from the first book you can tell how amazing Jo is and, from the first read, the Harry Potter books have been my favorite. However, I enjoyed and continue to enjoy the Twilight series as well and I don't think the authors or the series can be compared AT ALL with each other. Well, maybe in that both writers are female... that’s it… Anyways, I agree with the OPINION that Stephenie Meyer is not a great writer (yet?), but I think that she is a great storyteller and her writing has been progressively getting better with every new book. I think the same of Christopher Paolini; I like the Inheritance cycle, but I don't think he's the best writer out there. Still, I am captivated by the story and I feel that with each book Paolini's writing improves, so I am a fan. Writing styles aside, I can appreciate from all these authors the creativity that they bring to modern literature and enjoy their stories. I don't believe there are any benefits in comparing authors to one other, or any type of artists for that matter.Avatar ImageFedoraBandit says: Woo! Maybe now people will stop comparing JKR with Stephenie because their style of writing and stories and completely different! However, I can now see some Twilight fans ready to draw blood and about to start boycotting his books...At least that's what I think. Oh well, glad he pointed it out though, because he's awesome!Avatar ImagePadfootLover4ever says: I agree!!! JKR rocks!!!!!!! Stephanie Meyer is not good!!!Avatar Imagelittlefurlo3 says: I have to disagree with King. Meyer writes books for a particular audience, and for a middle school reading level... the same level that Rowling writes for. The difference is that Meyer is relating to teen girls more than all teens like Rowling. I don't think King had the right to make that comment, and I know a lot of people that are going to be unhappy with it, but over all I think that the comment was out of line, uncalled for and wrong. But then agin I don't like King's novels. P.S. I LOVE JODI PICOULTAvatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: Heh....this coming from an author who tells you characters are going to die a few chapters before it happens.... Nah, I agree with him though. Meyer isn't a fantastic writer but the books are great.Avatar Imagepotterfan2121 says: he is correct in saying that JK is awesome, but to say that Stephanie Meyer can't write is kind of harsh. i don't think her story was intended to be a literary masterpiece. its just a compelling story...from what i'm told. i haven't read them but the story has been a huge success. it fulfilled its intention to be a form of entertainment. that is all. no intentions of being compared to JK Rowling and Harry Potter when they aren't even alike. a good story should be accepted for what it is...a good story. Avatar Imagelittlefurlo3 says: hey i would like to say, you say meyer has mistakes!!!! I read harry potter and i find more spelling mistakes than necessary!!! although all of my hp books are 1st edition so they might have changed it by now, but i didn't find spelling mistakes in twilight.Avatar ImageDaate says: i'm appalled at stephenie meyer's editors as much as with her writing....what were they THINKING? the story IS compelling, and i think with proper editing her writing could even be considered good. but as it is it's almost embarrassing to read. Avatar ImageTheCrogePodge says: I think Mr. King said it exactly right: Meyer is a TERRIBLE writer, in terms of word choice and simple continuity errors and style. I'm slightly confused at how she got a degree in English, actually; I'm guessing that she didn't take any creative writing courses. This all being said, I think that the other writers mentioned weren't put in the correct categories, but never mind.Avatar ImageNearly-headless says: My observation of Twilight is that it reads like mediocre fanfiction of itself. Like someone wanted to mix Anne Rice with the OC. That said, I can see its appeal. It's essentially fantasy pulp romance. It doesn't have the depth and tact of the Harry Potter series, but it has all the elements of previous successes and there's nothing new to challenge it so the beast roams on. Days of our lives with fangs... And glistening skin... Personally I'd be surprised if Meyers writes anything after she finishes the Twilight series. I apologize if my opinion offends Twilight fans, I'm just making an observation as someone outside the target audience.Avatar ImageWhisperwing says: Wow. I've been rereading the Dark Tower series the last two weeks, so when it comes to people who -can- write worth a darn, I can say Stephen King is definitely one with some ground on which to stand on the issue. On the other hand, the few excerpts I've encountered of those Twilight books have been disappointing enough that I haven't bothered trying to read a whole book of the same. The only 'sparkling' a vampire needs to be doing in the sunlight is a prelude to bursting into flames, people.Avatar Imagelaxtrafficman says: Finally someone who is realistic about Stephenie Meyer! She cannot write to save her life, but she did come up with a story that appeals to a target audience. That is her only talent. There is no complexity to her books. Whereas JK Rowling has, as we all know, created a world so realistic and complete that all comparisons between the two are totally ridiculous.Avatar Imagelaxtrafficman says: Finally someone who is realistic about Stephenie Meyer! She cannot write to save her life, but she did come up with a story that appeals to a target audience. That is her only talent. There is no complexity to her books. Whereas JK Rowling has, as we all know, created a world so realistic and complete that all comparisons between the two are totally ridiculous.Avatar ImageProfessorPotter says: Ooh, that was quite scathing from the usually eloquent King. I totally agree with everything King says on all the authors except Meyer who I have not read any of her books and to be honest dont intend to. Just not my cup of tea, that all. But I am surprised King took this tone. He must have got really worked up on something to unleash such a critic attack on Meyer! I have always loved reading Kings musings as he he writes so beautifully and deserves his rank as one of our greatest authors. But methinks he was in a particularly bad mood here, lol.Avatar ImageTiahn says: I read twilight and enjoyed it. Its got nowhere near the intricacy and enthrallment power that HP has. I don't think it is fair for one person to completely and publicly condemn a writer. But I guess at the same time Stephen King has every right to state his opinion. A difficult thing to judge but I think the only real way to know is to read a book and make your own opinion.Avatar ImageJuleBule says: So true, Mr King! Thanks for that. The "problem" with Meyer's books is they are like a bad car crash or a bad TV soap - you just can't help looking, i.e. reading. But in terms of quality, they're just plain crap.Avatar Imageelfinblaze says: That's actually a very good way of putting it. Some writers are absolute wordsmiths, some are fantastic storytellers, some are able to speak to their target audience so well that it makes them successful.Avatar Imagefoxyredalpha says: LOL! I agree but my gosh does Robert Pattinson look sexy in the movie! If you look at the story without being critical of the writing style or you don't analyse it then it is a nice read. I read them all just so I could keep up with my sister who had read them all prior to watching the movie. I read them after I watched the movie and I understand the story a lot better. But yes the books aren't great.Avatar ImageFlying_Away says: He's definitely right. Stephenie Meyer's writing style is not very good at all, but her story idea was pretty fantastic, and so she became massively successful. JKR had a great story idea and has a great writing style. She appeals to everyone. Avatar Imagekumarhk says: Stephen King ... thank you, sir, thank you. You gotta love that man - he speaks his mind no matter what.Avatar ImageSnuffbox says: Ahh, yeaah, I saw this earlier. So funny!Avatar ImageDePillow says: LOL! That is it, right there-- both honest and true! Thank you, Stephen King.Avatar ImageKneazle1 says: First I love both Harry Potter (else I probably wouldn't be on this site) and Twilight. However I found Twilight to be badly written but that never stopped me from enjoying the stories (apart from the occassional hrumph over the writing) and if it starts more people reading I think that's a good thing. I loved Enid Blyton too as a kid and her writing has left much to be desired at times but I was also reading other better written books too. Criticism can help an author to grow if it's taken the right way.Avatar Imagebecmajec says: I loved the twilight series, but I definitely recognize that Stephenie Meyer is not all that talented a writer compared to a lot of the authors out there. Avatar Imagezimmie02 says: I did read all of the Twilight series and the 1st book keeps you wanting to read it and there is a great fascination with the relationship of the vampires. The problem for me with her books is that while Jo's writing got better and better, Meyers' writing just seemed to get more outlandish and irritating. By the 4th book I knew this series could never hope to attain the quality as far as excellent writing and storytelling that Harry Potter series has accomplished. No comparison. But the Twilight stories are great for teenage girls and that is who her audience really is. Avatar Imagescionofslytherin says: BrilliantAvatar Imagescarymissmary28 says: I have to agree with Stephen King although he was a little blunt...I've read the Twilight books but I wouldn't read them twice,that's how I tell good books from not so good ones apart,it's been so many years and I can't grow tired of any Harry Potter book,I just read them over and over again!!!Avatar Imagemaddypuff says: This is probably spot on. Stephanie Meyer has gained heaps of readers because she specifically targets a particular audience, in this case stupid teenage girls, and caters the themes to suit this audience. However JK's huge reading audiences come largely because of the high quality of her writing <3Avatar Imageanne1 says: What's with all these 'points' boxes that obscure half of people's text? I agree that JKR is a terrific writer. I can't comment on Meyer as I have not read her work, but from what I've read of reviews and film it does look like her books appeal to girls in a romancy kind of way,which puts me off instantly.The thing about JKR is that her boks are so good that they appeal to all ages, even though they are written for children.Avatar ImageTarsieS says: Wow, Stephen opens up the bag of worms! Well, I've read all the Twilight books - nice fluffy read for the holidays - but I will never obsess about them. My daughter on the other hand... I am not showing this to her, her 13 year old brain might explode. ;-) Avatar ImageDobbyandWinky says: YOU RULE ROWLINGAvatar ImageProf_Tofty says: I hate to bring it up, but J.K. Rowling wasn't that great in PS.Avatar Imageele0206 says: I LOVE Stephen King.. god, if a writer so famous says that about Meyer... Well, I completely agree with him. LOLAvatar ImageNoxNiveus says: Considering nearly 20% of Americans are illiterate, Meyer could be a reletively good writer. The point is, her stories are extremely shallow and superficial. That dont have the substance that Jo's stories have. Thank you Stephen King for saying it finally!! By the way, Harry Potter, is not a childrens story!!Avatar ImageBrad Ausrotas says: I don't think he really did anything wrong here. In terms of pure and honest criticism, he, as an incredibly successful writer, has the right to perhaps comment on his peers. If his synopsis of Stephanie Mayer is that she's not a very good writer (A fact that she openly admits to), then why is it such a big deal? There were people who thought that Tolkien couldn't write worth a darn either, because of his heavy emphasis on description. I'm in no way comparing Stephanie Mayer to Tolkien, but I'm saying that he has a write to criticize whoever he likes. Avatar ImageDrome says: Thank You, Mr.King, you saved my day too! :DAvatar ImageAlatarielle says: I think it's a bit harsh. I read the books and they were ok, I liked the first one a lot, the rest not that much. But I think that "can’t write worth a darn" bit is a bit harsh.Avatar ImageSally_Zaar says: Alex Carpenter said it well when he commented that Twilight was like pop music - catchy and fun but not the artistic craftsmanship and literary worthy of Potter. I enjoyed the Twilight books but i agree that they are not nearly as well-written as scores of other books out there. Avatar ImageHannahLongbottom says: Oh, this is wonderful. The books are a good quick read if you can get into the swing of it and follow the storyline, but if you start actually looking at the writing, it can get pretty bad. I'm glad that i'm not the only one that thinks this.Avatar Imageryuzastar says: What I still don't get it people are saying SMeyer is just inexperienced. She's written five books! Philosopher's Stone was better than all of them, and it was Jo's first!Avatar Imagecdewson says: lol YES Stephen King. this guy is just awesomeAvatar Imagemollywobble says: Prof_Tofty, and Meyer has written 5 books and is still bad. How much time do you need? Avatar Imagejarrod61 says: Stephen King is my hero! He is completely right. I read twlight for the story and then tried out the host and found it completely unbearable. She is a horrible writer and I really hate it any time she is compared to Jo.Avatar Imagejarrod61 says: Stephen King is my hero! He is completely right. I read twlight for the story and then tried out the host and found it completely unbearable. She is a horrible writer and I really hate it any time she is compared to Jo.Avatar Imagethereshegoes says: I'm a big Twilight & Harry Potter fan though I actually agree with him. When it comes to writing, Meyer lacks quality very much. It is the story that attracts most readers but when you think of it, the writing and register is very ordinary and it also fits the audience. J.K Rowling has a better writing but her writing is also rather ordinary compare to many other authors style (Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Ian McEwan, James Joyce and many many more) but then, all of them have different stylistic style because they have different purpose and audience :)Avatar Imagethereshegoes says: I meant stylistic language* Not stylistic style. Sorry XD Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: hm, im still deciding whether or not to read twilight, but i can imagine the uproar this statement will cause =D I've just never been a fan of the way twilight and ms meyer are compared to harry potter and Jo. We all know there is no comparison =DAvatar Imagecrimpy00 says: i reckon Stephen king's writing is boring,long winded and old fashioned, his stories always have similar endings,i can normally read the first page of a book and can tell straight away if i will enjoy the authors style of writing. In my opinion Stephen king can't write worth a darn and is maybe causing uproar for some publicity to fuel his already dying following. harry potter and twilight are great for people who want to read something light but good at the same time.Avatar Imagejamiba says: There's definitely a difference between being a great writer and a great storyteller. Even a badly written book with a gripping storyline (like those popular authors mentioned) can be a decent read. I think most are just one or the other. Jo is both. That's what makes HP so good. Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: Ah, thank you, Stephen King. Though I don't agree with the James Patterson part, I certainly agree with you in the case of SMeyer.Avatar Imagehalf-blood-queen says: I have read the Twilight books(all of them) and Stpehanie Meyer's writing style is not very good. Jo has much better styled books, and I try to copy her writing style when I write fanfics and short stories in school. Don't mean to brag, but, I do get top grades on every short story I write :P Anyway, I think Jo is a better author, even though I love Twilight as much as I love Harry Potter. Avatar ImageCandy-Rain says: I dub thee, Mister King a member of Twilight Hater's Group. *dub dub* >.< I used to be Twitard, but fortunately for me and everyone sane around me, I have seen the light. So I guess that partially answers one of the member's question about Twitards not minding the mistakes due to the blinding effect of their sheer obsession to an inexcusable so called literature. I know... harsh and that's coming from a former twitard. This interview has been posted on a site called *bleagh* even the fans are uncreative... I have to tell you guys, someone/people keeps saying that Mister King is just jealous of SM's success. I have told them that they missed a point. JK has sold millions of more books than SM and Ms. Rowling is more successful than SM would ever be. So I don't think her argument that Mister King is jealous of SM's success could even be considered accurate, or in a manner of speaking, correct. And I think he would be just fine. I doubt the twitards are smart enough to assasinate him. All he will get are some comments from strangers; aka the twihards. If I was him, I wouldn't care. I don't know them and they sure don't know me. Okay... maybe they do know him but hey! He's popular enough to be in the eyes of the public. So anyone who tries anything funny with him can easily be sued in court. >.< That's where money becomes important. >.< Sorry if I keep yapping about Twilight in an HP website. If anyone is interested, you can join the group I am moderating in Just search for our group called Twilight Haters. And with rtpuppydog's comment: "...But I’m hoping that Stephen King wasn’t completely serious, maybe exaggerating a little. I think that being able to get a book published is a great honor. Even though some books can be terrible, it is still a lot of effort" I do actually agree with the very statement you have posted before that I have post in this comment. The twilight saga was a nice read... but I started to realise the sluggish pace at the 2nd book, Bella's bit*hy personality in the 3rd, and her weird raping attempts in the 4th book- the book that made me realise how she was, in fact, a not so good author as I have thought.Avatar Imageslythphoenix says: Thank you, Stephen King! This is exactly what needed to be said. I'm sorry, and I feel sort of bad about saying it, but Stephanie Meyers books aren't at all well written, and I think they're on an entirely different (and lower) level from the HP books. I know that I have a bias, because I'm first and foremost a HP fan, but the comparing of the two to each other was driving me crazy. I'm also glad he mentioned Jodi Picoult. She is an absolutely amazing writer, and if you have not read anything by her, go read some. NOW! =DAvatar Imageburningpumpkins says: Lol! Kingy has always been such a fantastic fan of J.K. Rowling. I love how he's just like us, giving snide comments, but still keeping the cool, arrogant head of a proud Harry Potter fan. LOVE HIM! His article about the Deathly Hallows was great. You can tell he loves the books like us.Avatar Imagewhitemudfounder says: What gets me about Twilight is that it reads like it's just a surface-book. Whereas with stories like Harry Potter, you can tell that there's a lot below the surface that the author knows, but just isn't telling you about. That difference definitely shows in the writing. Whether that's "good" or "bad," I'll leave to other people to argue. I think it's just a preference.Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: haha,i always loved Stephen King ,his books are great!And now,that comment just made my day XDAvatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Yay! King is for Jo! So true what he said... Twilight is just a fad... It'll pass... Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Well, that's just made me even more determined than ever not to read them!! Thank you Mr King, but then he always was one of Jo's biggest fans.Avatar Imagenorthernphoenix says: I'm rather glad that Stephen King said this. It's good to hear that not everyone has been sucked into this whirlwind 'romance' that Stephenie Meyer has created. I've read all 4 books in a desperate bid for hoping 'that this would get better soon'. Wow, did I lie to myself. Granted , writing is a process, but when you crank something out riddled with forced prose and adjective abuse, of course not everyone will accept it. Also, as a writer, you should feel that you work should be able to stand on its own. No one should have to say that 'you don't understand my work, so you're not getting the message.' Bravo, Mr. King. Thank you for saying what the Anti-Twilighters have been saying for quite some time.Avatar Imageilovefeltbeats says: I agree that Stephanie Meyer isn't as good as JKR but I just think she needs a bit of practise!Avatar Imageilovefeltbeats says: I agree that Stephanie Meyer isn't as good as JKR but I just think she needs a bit of practise!Avatar Imagespiritbound says: Yeah i would have to agree with that. Although i absolutely love the twilight series in all fairness they are not brilliantly written, its more the concept and ideas behind it that make it so popular and why i enjoyed them so much. Jo is just a genius writer, obviously also backed up by the amazing concept. Jo all the way =] Avatar ImageAubNoelle says: That is what I've been trying to tell my friends for about a year now (and I've read the Twilight series and all HP books), that JK Rowling created a WORLD, she created new IDEAS, she created a whole way of LIFE for WIZARDS. Stephenie Meyer stuck a few vampires (who are so 'different' and 'vegetarian like' that are barely recognizable as vampries) into the normal world and had one fall in love with a very boring, dry, character. Props to Stephen King for being truthful and not being afraid. And didn't he almost die in a really tragic car accident? Yea, I think he can handle some fan girls...Avatar Imagebookmonster79 says: I knew there was a reason I always admired Stephen King. Smar man.Avatar ImageJBooks says: Of course she is not as good as JK, but then there are a lot of authors out there, each with their own followers. Meyer is getting kids to read, and who cares that King doesn't like her, I would guess there are lots of people who don't read his books either, and thinks he is a terrible writer.Avatar ImageMom Weasley says: I agree that she "can't write worth a darn". There is no plot (sighing, blushing and shivering do not constitute a plot). What's worse, it's a darned shame that she's encouraging thoughtless devotion and damsel-in-distressism. What's even worse than that is the fact that she's glorifying such superficial attractions where one must be beautiful or "god-like". It's like an entire series of books about Lavender Brown shmoozing over "Won-Won" for heaven's sake.Avatar Imagemoe miron says: I don't care for any Stephen King books (and I have read a few--my hubby is a fan) BUT I do agree with him on this point. I've read both series, Harry is by far my fav. My 13 year old daughter can't get into the Harry Potter series (I've tried), but she loves Twilight--it has started her on the road to reading as much as I do and that is really all I want for her and if Meyer's book is what is going to do it, so be it.Avatar Imagehpfrk736 says: I have never really been a fan of Twilight, because I thought the story had a weird plot. It just doesn't make any sense. I mean, who wants to hear a story about a bunch of love sick vampires running around trying to kill each other? It really has no one thing that needs to be accomplished. Take Harry Potter for instance. It has one direct goal, Kill Voldemort and save the world. Easy, right? Ok, maybe not. Hee Hee.Avatar ImageKianaCP says: I am a fan of both series... yes I agree, Jo's a better writer, her story is more complex, her character developments are more profound, but I just laugh at how all worked up anti-twilighters get... It's not a competition!!! Meyer is often being compared to Rowling, but I don't think it's in the writing, but more in the fact that both have had success with their series. Both have gotten young people to read. I love the Potter series because it got me to feel like a kid again, got my imagination running again, and I just couldn't get enough. I loved the Twilight saga, because it made me feel like a teenage girl again, the first time you fall in love, when it's all about butterflies in your stomach... I NEVER compared both series. They are COMPLETELY different. What really gets to me is reading some of these comments... Stephen King gave out his opinion, and that's fine, I'm sure Stephenie Meyer can take the criticism and become better with practice. His comments don't take away the fact that she's sold many books and I am proud to be a fan of her storytelling.Avatar Imageherpothefoul says: lmao uve gotta love stephen king havent u? lol xxAvatar ImageDeliaDee says: I now worship the ground upon which Stephen King walks. Stephenie Meyer is an atrocious writer. She is a decent storyteller which is why her books are so popular. I read all the books and was duly horrified by what was deemed her "writing." It's a shame that people like Stephenie Meyer are so often miscategorized in that manner. There really is a difference between writers and storytellers. Although talents are certainly not mutually exclusive (both Ms. Rowling and Mr. King being prime examples) they also don't automatically co-exist in the same person. If you look at the examples cited by Mr. King, I think it can be agreed that was the point he was trying to make and though his word choice, his observation was completely accurate. Avatar ImageSaffron says: Stephen King is my hero of the day.Avatar ImageTonks1 says: They were not J.K. Rowling caliber, but the story line was good. Twlight fans are not going to be happy.Avatar ImageMcChickie says: so that's why i love twilight (A) but he's right, stephenie can't write at all xD it's just the story that's awesome xDAvatar Imageheatherumbletaylor says: BWahahaha...I love Uncle Stevie for having the gumption to say that in public. I have read all of the Twilight books and completely agree. Jo is by far the superior writer and crafts characters who are much more compelling. Hermione would have rolled her eyes and walked away the minute Edward pulled one his moody stunts. ;-) Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: Wow.... The Twilight fandom will not be happy about this at all.Avatar ImageTitaPizarro says: I like Twilight... They are catchy. Like Cleolinda says in her LiveJournal: Twilight is the Twinkie I can't stop eating even though I know it's bad for me...Avatar Imagelilyjames says: i like the twilight series a bit but its no match for Harry Potter and i dont think that stephanie myer is a good author its something about the way she writes i cant explain mabeye its because im not worried some one will dieAvatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Well, I can honestly say that 'Twilight' is the first book I could never finish, the writing was just too grating, too repetitive and just never drew me in enough to care. I've read some awful books but at least I finished them. But this...Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: truetruetruetrue. geez. you know, i read twilight. i'm reading the second one now, forgot the title. and my true reaction was "that was it? what? surely there's more." and nope. nothing. Avatar ImageLeif Longbottom says: Sure Meyer is a bit of a hack but her books can also be pretty entertaining too. She's one of those character writers (she is good at that) who draws people with very vivid individuals that populate her books. Example: I thought that second vampire book was really awful; in the too much melodrama, not enough vampires kind of way. Then my personal favorite vampire character swoops in and doesn't exactly save the book but at least made the ending tolerable. I think Meyer was onto something with the last Twilight book where things started taking a turn for the absurd. It wasn't quite as absurd and funny as a Robert Rankin or Terry Pratchett book but I was glad that she started illustrating other themes in the overall story. I think I would've appreciated the comments more coming from JKR or Terry Pratchett as I think King is hit or miss too.Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: hoooooooly cow. im dont think stephen king knew what he got into. :) okay, i dont think twilight would be hated as much as it is by potterfans if everybody would just stop comparing the two. i heard that it was the "new harry potter" so i immediately didnt like it. meyer lives soley on plot. the plot is what keeps the reader going. jo works the plot too, but she also has fantastic character devlopement, distince writing style and a great use of vocabulary and adverbs. jo is overall the much better writer. harry potter forever1!!!!!!!Avatar Imagemariami says: I don't think this should come off as as surprise to anyone, really. Meyer herself has admitted that she's not the greatest writer in the world. It's just ridiculous to put her in the same league as authors like Picoult or Rowling.Avatar Imageibelieveinnargles says: I think i love you, stephen king.Avatar ImageZiggy2207 says: This is why I love Stephen King ^^Avatar ImageAmarie says: I love that King is always sending out props to Rowling, but still: who made him the official cultural critc?Avatar ImageDances with Dobby says: Hmmm... Well. let me say first of all that I like Twilight (although it's nothing compared to Harry Potter) mostly because I think the whole idea is cool. I admit, the writing style isn't that great but the plot's cool and, overall, it's an enjoyable book. I think that the main reason King made such horrible remarks (couldn't he have said it a bit more nicely?) about Twilight is that he writes horror books and probably doesn't like the idea of vampires being vegetarian superheroes. I'm still irrated by the fact that people keep on comparing Twilight and Harry Potter. I mean what have they got in common? Okay, they're both very successful books, teens read, they have a lot of teen angst them and they're both fantasy novels. But it ends there. Twilight is focused around a love story while Harry Potter is...well, everything. They're two totally different things. I also enjoy reading Patterson's books, but Stephen says he's just a bad writer with a lot of success. Stephen King is veeery successful, but I don't particularly care for the writing style of his later books, though I love his older ones (The Shining is one of my favorites).Avatar Imageperfectly_diverse says: I very much agree with what he said about the Twilight books. I read them and felt that she had such potential in making it a great story, but she always stayed just shy of that potential. I agree she lingered just a bit too much on the physical "hot/cold" feelings and not enough on Love that is very much non-physical or possibly supernatural. It seems to me like these books could reinforce the wrong perception that love has to be felt in a physical way for it to be true. Joe on the other hand showed that Love (in the nonphysical/supernatural way) is more a lifestyle; worldview. This Love is so much more powerful, fulfilling, and healing... Just my thoughts. ;)Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: Yes J.K.Rowling is a genius!!!!! But i think he was a bit to hard on Stephenie Meyer,I like Twilight there not any where near as good as Harry Potter (nothing is!) but they are good i really really enjoyed reading them and most of my friends love them particuarly my wonderful friend Addie.and The Host is supposed to be really good and also to be honest Twilight wasn't aimed at grown up guy's.... Oh well rant over.... Avatar ImageMuggleQueen says: Haha I read this yesterday - so. funny. :LAvatar ImageLeif Longbottom says: ARE people still comparing Twilight to Harry Potter? I really didn't think that would last. In case you didn't notice, King isn't really comparing the two sagas (that WOULD be pointless), he's comparing the authors; there's a big difference.Avatar Imagehermione_1991 says: yess!!! finally someone who says the truth !!! dont compare them!! they are sooo much difernt! one is a great autor and the other one... well stephen king said it:PAvatar Imagehermione_1991 says: yess!!! finally someone who says the truth !!! dont compare them!! they are sooo much difernt! one is a great autor and the other one... well stephen king said it:PAvatar ImageChantyBabez says: Well,, People are allowed their opinions but some are just better kept to ones self! I mean it's rather rude to slag all those writers off and not very nice! :D xxxAvatar Imagevicky granger says: I completely agree with this. I read the Twilight books, and liked the story, but I always said the writing was awful. What people like about these books is that they're addictiv, but sometimes the writing is downright ridiculous! ^^ Thank you Stephen King ! Someone needed to say that. =)Avatar ImageMatea says: hm...maybe he's jelaous on Stephenies success.besides,she's a "baby writer" and not that experienced like he is,so its completly justified. but Twilight books are great. but our Jo..our Jo is a God of all writersAvatar Imageathena024 says: I totally agree with him. JK is an amazing writer and Stephenie isn't. And yet, I still enjoy the Twilight series. Don't ask me to explain, I don't understand why either. hahaAvatar Imagemakani says: Oh man THANK YOU Stephen King hahaha. I'm pretty confident *I* could write better than Smeyer and I think I'm a terrible writer. Twilight is, quite simply, poorly written Mormon propaganda. Harry Potter is actually a story.Avatar Imagesrt2gryffndr says: This is what I've been trying to say to everyone when I explain why I like Twilight.. SM is a great storyteller not so much an author.. I was glad to read that I wasn't the only one who thought this. I don't think he's dissing SM, he just answered a question honestly.Avatar ImageSophie Treklemmer says: You can't argue with Stephen King <3Avatar Imagejulisara says: I read the first 3 books in the "Twilight" series (I have an 11-year old daughter who wanted to read them). I love a good love story as much as anyone, but found them boring after the 1st book. It was just a lot of teen girly stuff over and over and over again. I know she was aiming for the teen girl audience, but they deserved a better story line. Avatar Imagejulisara says: I read the first 3 books in the "Twilight" series (I have an 11-year old daughter who wanted to read them). I love a good love story as much as anyone, but found them boring after the 1st book. It was just a lot of teen girly stuff over and over and over again. I know she was aiming for the teen girl audience, but they deserved a better story line. Avatar ImageLassieLupin says: I've never read Stephenie Mayer, but I've heard it's horroble... I do read James Patterson but he writes what I call "dessert books" aka, books that you read late at night for a simple little story, not something that I actually would think about for hours on end and hypothesize about theory and all of that...Avatar ImageLassieLupin says: I've never read Stephenie Mayer, but I've heard it's horrible... I do read James Patterson but he writes what I call "dessert books" aka, books that you read late at night for a simple little story, not something that I actually would think about for hours on end and hypothesize about theory and all of that...Avatar ImageMuggleborn1184 says: I like Twilight as well as HP. And I mean I really really like the stories, but King is right... people aren't attracted to the work because it's great literary work. It's a good story. I find that's true with a lot of the teen fiction I read. I like it cause the story is compelling, not because it was written well. But that doesn't really matter. I still like it. A person cannot read shakespeare quality everyday. Avatar ImageHROAR Mudblood Proud says: Yes, that is so true! It's not neccesarily great because lots of people read it. My sister loves Jodi Picoult. I should try her out too.Avatar ImageAutumnmoon says: Wow. I enjoyed the Twilight books. I agree that Meyer’s books are not on the same level as Rowling’s. I think that Rowling's books qualify as literature. Meyer’s books are just books. They are light and fluffy and fun. That doesn’t mean they are bad, just different. I do think King could have handled it with more tact. It's hard to judge without seeing the full interview and understanding its context, but I think he could have expressed his opinion of her books without being so harsh. (Without the "can't write worth a darn" line.) That kind of criticism of others' work belongs more in formal book reviews, not in random newspaper interviews. She is a person with feelings after all. Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I agree, wow! I love the Twilight books, but in no way are they the same caliber as Harry Potter. I wish they would stop comparing the two. Avatar Imageheartless_wench says: I enjoyed the Twilight books as well, but I dont think they were well written. Same with James Patterson (tho he's a bit better - he flushes out has characters a little better). Regardless, they are still enjoyable stories. I would definitely consider JKR a much better writer (and a better story teller) then SM. Someone mentioned Jodi Picoult. Is she considered teen/young fiction? I just finished reading "19 Minutes". I really enjoyed it (although I'm a little WTF with the twist at the end). I wouldnt have considered that book to be geared towards younger readers. Yes, it centers around highschool characters, but I thought there were some very mature themes there.Avatar Imagenimbus xl says: Not all that familair with Meyers or Kings work so really can't pass comment on this.Avatar ImageMirdan says: Yes! While I enjoyed the Twilight saga as a quick easy read, Meyers is NOT the Jo! And I'm glad the distinctions been made. But I'm going to miss reading new Stephan King books here after the Twilighters get him.Avatar Imagehalcyon says: Oh, that's hilarious. I love Stephen King. I've read both the HP books (obviously, since I'm here) and all of the Twilight novels + SMeyer's other book and she really isn't a good author. Her books are all the same. The stories themselves are interesting, but the substance isn't what it could be if she'd take chances, which is what I think he's saying. *shrug*Avatar Imagecztery says: I think it's good that some literature authority finally said out loud that Twilight books are poorly written.Avatar ImageMagicDucks says: Jo is definitely a better author than Stephenie. No doubt about that. But I don't agree with King. I think Stephenie is a good writer, but she writes a lot differently than Jo. I personally like Jo's writing better and there are things about Stephenie's writing that bugs me. I dislike how in all of her books, it takes a while for the plot to really get started. I found my eyes glazing over as I read the first few chapters of The Host, but by the end I was hooked. Same thing happened with Twilight. Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Yeah, what everyone's been saying. I agree with the fact the Jo is a fabulous WRITER and I also love SMeyer's STORY. Actually, I also enjoyed the Maximum Ride Series (James Patterson) mainly because I liked the main idea and the characters. His writing was not in any way special like JKR's. I can see that. I just don't like that he was so harsh about Stephenie's writing. Okay, its not the best, but honestly I think its above average for sure and her books are worth reading, if only for the sake of the plot/characters. Oh well. I haven't read any Stephen King but being a HP and Twilight fan, I'm not sure what kind of impression he's given me about himself. Lol. Avatar ImageEdna_Turnblad says: Oh my gosh! I now officially love Stephen King! Having not read any of his books, I can't say anything about his ability to write, but him saying that Stephanie Meyer can't write just made my day! Go Him!Avatar ImageBunney says: God, I love Stephen King. I couldn't agree more regarding Meyer, Patterson, etc.Avatar ImageMcGiggles92 says: I like him now. I've never read any Stephen King, but after that comment, he's OK with me. Don't like Twilight, not that I'll ever read it or ever have.Avatar ImageDavid_uk says: Well personally I see writing as for the audience as much as for the writer. Since people have enjoyed the Twilight books (myself to an extent) they are very much valid and should be seen as reasonably good books. For them to be popular that means that something in them has touched a lot of people, and that includes men who are no longer teenagers (ie myself). Nevertheless, it's of course ridiculous to compare them to HP which is greater in scope, impact, writing quality, universal appeal... I could continue. I admit, part of me loves Stephen King for saying this, as much as I feel for Stephenie Meyer having to read it. I knew there was a reason I loved him, and it took some guts to say this. Anyone who's curious about Stephen King but who doesn't like horror/thriller works should try The Dark Tower series (which is fantasy). The first book was written when he was young and isn't as good, but the other six more than make up for it. He considers it his most significant work, even if the critics don't, and for me it stands alongside Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.Avatar ImageRose-Mclane says: I love him for being so blunt, even though I hate to think how Stephenie Meyer felt when she read this, if she did. (I wish leaky had left in the word " d@mn "). I love Twilight but its true, shes not a very good writer. I found that the book read like about a 100 other Vampire Fanfictions/ OC Storys I had read in the past and it bothered me. I like the STORY but I don't like her writing. She has some work to improve on.Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: JK Rowling is a fantastic writer. There are so few books that can hold my attention. Most books I start, I never finish. I lose interest in the story. I couldn't put the Harry Potter books down. I can't comment on Stephanie Meyer because I haven't read any of her work.Avatar Imagesammykins says: I agree with Rose, Meyer's stories are good and they did interest me a lot, but her writing is not that good. It was quite an immature style (I don't mean childish, I mean that her style is quite young, undeveloped) but a good story none the less.Avatar Imagetonksgirl says: i agree. im a Twilight fan, but i can honestly say Jo writes much better then SM, and Harry has tons more depth then Twilight. the story is what really makes up for it. =) love stephen king, haa!Avatar ImageTyman28962 says: I believe it's pretty obvious that Harry Potter has a better overall story, and I don't agree with Stephen King's comments, but he's entitled to his own opinion.Avatar ImageAccioAmanda says: As a person who has read HP, Twilight, and Stephen King, I completley agree with him. Comparing Twilight to HP and Stephen King is like comparing a cookie crum to a giant cookie with sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Tell us something we don't know Mr King? Did anyone else think it was slightly arrogant of him to say he influenced Jo, we don't know that do we?Avatar Imagegoodenough says: I see his point! Jo is a much better author, the endig of DH vs. the endig of Breaking Dawn is a very good prof of that. But I have to admitt I like the Twilight novels, but mostly for the story. Actually I don't see the point of comparing them in the first place.Avatar Imageahs_12505 says: I agree with the idea that the story is nice to read, but the writing is terrible. Well said Mr. King.Avatar Imagejenbabe705 says: Wow. Wow. I love people who have the guts to be honest. I read Twilight and thought they were good.. but nothing to be obsessed over. He's right about the teenage girl thing. And SO right about Jo being so much better.Avatar ImageLFMD says: She's got good ideas, but her characters have no depth. For me, that's one of the things that makes Harry so wonderful. I know the characters so well, that I could predict how they would act and react in everyday situations. They are just so real. With the Twilight characters, what do we really know about them? Bella is clumsy and loves Edward. Other than that, she has no personality. That's why Stephen King said what he did. Meyer's characters are as flat as the paper she writes them on.Avatar ImageJules702 says: I had seen this before. I totally agree! I mean the stories are compelling but the writing always did bother me a bit. Avatar Imageice-alchemist says: OMG! no way, no f-ing way. Everyone can have their own opinion, and like her or not, that's harsh so poor Stephenie. And I just so happen to LOVE the twilight books, and seriously, Fang from "Maximum Ride" is pretty cool too. Oh how I would love to have this fight face to face with him! Honestly, how old is he anyway! The series IS for 16 year-old girls, and Edward is allowed to say any cheesy line he wants! Run while you still can King...Avatar Imagesindie11 says: I'm currently reading the Twilight series and am on the last book (just started it). I've heard a lot of fans didn't like the last book, so I'm kind of nervous about reading it, but I will hold off my judgment until I'm finished. What I can say about the books so far is that I have mostly enjoyed them. Stephanie Meyer doesn't hold a candle to Jo Rowling when it comes to writing, I'll give you all that, but she's not a *bad* writer. I think the biggest problem with her writing is her choice of perspective. Having chosen to write the books from first person, we readers are forced into knowing everything the main character, Bella, is feeling and thinking, and that's not always a good thing. One of the brilliant things about the way the Harry Potter novels are written is that they are third person limited point of view, and as such, leave us guessing. We find ourselves wanting desperately to know what's going on inside the characters' minds, but we're limited, even with Harry at times. With knowing all of Bella's thoughts and feelings, we're forced to live and relive her experience, mental or physical. Think about how your mind typically works. You may have many of the same thoughts go through your mind on a day to day basis. You may often think the same things about certain individuals, like using certain words or phrases to describe them. Her overuse of feeling Edward "perfect," "angel," etc. is due to us being forced into Bella's mind. I think it would've been better had the books been written third person. I'm more interested in wondering what Jacob or Edward might be thinking than Bella and find it frustrating to have to deal with Bella, Bella, Bella, and more Bella. The storyline itself is interesting and very good, I think. I like the love triangle and the tension between the characters. I would've liked to have seen more of a climax in the first two books, but overall, I am enjoying the stories. I think it's unfair for so many people to be blasting these books without, perhaps, explaining *why* they feel that way. You can say the writing is bad, but use an example of what you mean by "bad." I tried to do so above.Avatar ImageLacarnum Inflamarae says: Oh my, that was the best thing I have read in a while. Go Stephen King.Avatar ImageHelios Lightra says: Heheheh...Stephen King is great. Coolest Harry Potter fan-guy who also writes.Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: I think every author has his or her own take on one anothers writing. I respect Mr King, as a great author of Horror/Suspense Novels, and I'm very sure that Ms Meyers [I hope that's spelled right] writes very well...for their individual style. I also believe that, given those two remarks, that everyone reads differently. Whereas JK Rowling writes to young people, one way, Ms Meyers writes another. Mr King is [IMHO] in the middle between the two. He has elements of both. Adolescents learning about life, the horrors of the imagination, and redemption of good over evil. I know that's kinda "deep", but that's how I see it. I like all three authors, and I am not in the privileged position of telling others "who is good" and "who is bad" or which someone else should read "because so much better than_____" Avatar Imagebealen says: I love Twilight, but honestly there i no comparison between it and Harry Potter, the depth of the storytelling and the issues raised seem to me to be on another level in Harry Potter, whereas for me Twilight is just a love story and doesn't have as many levels to the story.That said, I feel Stephen King was a bit too damning abouut it, if it gets children or teenagers to read who normally wouldn't, and I witnessed this with some of my friends, then whats the harm?Avatar ImageGF_of_Seamus says: stephanie meyer deserves to get the verbal crap kicked out of her. Although I don't much care for Stephen King I love that he said this.Avatar ImageMaggieM says: well, somebody had to say itAvatar Imagekira902k says: Well put, Stephen. Couldn't have said it better myself. :)Avatar ImagePCC_Wizard says: Twilight fans may be furious indeed; and I wouldn't actually say she writes completely bad (I believe one of the best aspects of Meyer is her narrating voice, which is very real, for any writing.) But for the most part, I agree with Stephen King. Rowling uses far more complex aspects of literature in her writing. Avatar ImageChristy says: one can compare to JKR, but even without that comparison, Meyer sucks. I read Twilight and thought it was horrible!Avatar Imagesaoirse42 says: Another reason to love Stephen King! :D. Stephenie Meyer is not a bad writer, but she lacks experience and sometimes I feel she uses her plot line to get her through the tougher parts to write or to cover up the fact that she has no experience in the business. Of course, J.K. Rowling didn't have much experience when she wrote Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, so I guess in the end, J.K.R. is more talented.Avatar Imageafrie says: I really found Twilight unreadable. Even ignoring her technical skills as a writer, the plot pacing and complete lack of suspense killed it for me. I like that King put it so bluntly!Avatar Imagejuliadiggory92 says: Yeah, he has a point - I don't mind the Twilight books but Stephanie Meyer's writing is very amateurish.Avatar ImageHermioneWwannabe says: Hahaha that's is verry verrry true. In 10 years time, Twilight will be just another book, but in ANOTHER 10 years time, Harry Potter will be just as popular to the next generation as it ever has been! to LP Dantas - LOL - I'll be joining you with an extra bucket of popcorn to watch the Twilighters reaction!!! hehehe... Avatar Imagebeanjellybelly says: I made an account just so I could comment. 1. I am so not obsessed with Twilight, but I have read it. It's good. But I never finished Breaking Dawn. Sorry. 2. I am very obsessed with maximum ride, written by James Patterson. he is a very good writer, and Stephan King is a big meanie to say that he is a bad writer. By the way, Maximum Ride 5 is coming out march 16. 3. I am very obsessed with harry potter. in fact, i am reading the harry, a history which is the whole reason i went to this site which is the whole reason i'm typing this. Anyway!!! I like all the authors, they're all so different. Avatar ImageAmaterasu says: Oh Mr. King! How I love you. (I do admit I have a sort of love-hate relationship with his books. Love because he's great. Hate because I'm such a wimp that I find myself not wanting to read on.) If you weren't already taken, I'd marry you on the spot.Avatar Imageeagleblue says: That's kind of harsh about Stephenie, but I can understand both sidesAvatar ImageChristineLC says: To her credit, The Host was a lot better than the Twilight series. I think Meyer is definitely improving, but is she in the same class as Jo?? Absolutely notAvatar ImageSorceress25 says: Oh boy, twilight fans are going to freak out. Those are harsh words in my opinion!Avatar ImageCatherine says: OOHHH!!!!!!!!!!! thank you! I so wish that someone would stop compairing Meyer and Jo! It really bugs me when people say Twilight is as good as or better thatn Potter! That is so not true! On the back of the UK addition of OOTP it says J.K. rowling is incomparable! That statement, I believe still remains true today!Avatar ImageKristen95 says: Stephen King you are so right! has anyone else noticed that girls usually like twilight better then guys (no offense intended to all u guys) but thats one thing that makes jk rowling way betterAvatar ImageMidnightWriter13 says: OMG! Stephen King you just made my week, I have thinking that for years. I enjoy the Twilight series and all, but we all know she can't write especially in Breaking Dawn. Avatar Imagedsm25 says: I read the Twilight series, and it was an enjoyable diversion. Will I read the books over and over? No. I kept up with the series because Meyer managed a plot that I didn't guess ahead of time. I will say that by Book 3 I was wishing she'd find two verbs to replace "muttered" and "murmured".Avatar ImageKaraDawlish says: twilight fans. Like real hard coar twilight fans, are SICOTIC. People are going to be like "say what now?" since I'm here on a harry potter sight but harry potter fans are OKAY lol we do stuff for charity and play music and w/e else we do but its all those Crazy teenage girls, they get liike... violent to see R-pattz. Kind of like jonas brothers fans in a way. Im not saying anythings wrong w/ it. its awesome but they most definitly are SICOTICAvatar Imagealbus1881 says: To "ice-alchemist" (and all of the other delirious fans of Twilight who's wands have backfired and as a result they were blasted by their own confundus charms and believe that Twilight is the least bit tolerable): First of all, Stephen King is an AMAZING writer who is above all of this debating whether what he said was "fair" or not. Clearly, he has thought through what he said and he REALIZED that it was in fact, written for 16 year old "teenybopper" girls. Blessed with immense brain power as he is, he clearly took this into account when he said this, and as such he most likely did not judge these books, and their writing like the 62 year old man he is. Having both a sister, and best friend who have read these books and have told me all about them, I can tell you for a fact that (both of them being ex-MAJOR fans of the franchise) they recently came to the realization that "twilight was awfully written, but the story's good". You see? When fans of the book agree with the brilliant mind of Stephen King that the God like writings of J.K. Rowling are better that the trashy caveman like scratchings of stephanie meyer, it is time to concede that the fight is lost and actually admit that, not only is Harry Potter the better series in EVERY SINGLE WAY, but also that stephanie meyer cannot write "worth a darn!"Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: omg albus1881, that was brilliant. seriously that rocked. that should be the final say. end of arguemt move on harry potter fans win :DAvatar Imagealbus1881 says: why thank you Avatar Imageice-alchemist says: "Anyhow, here is some fanfiction. I know I am not J.K Rooling or whatever the hell her name is, but I can still try, can’t I?" -Yuu Kanda you go Yuu-chan! hehe take some anime hate THATS from a twilight who used to respect harry potter and all his fans Avatar Imagealbus1881 says: why thank you Avatar Imagealbus1881 says: that was to "sunlitdays" by the way Avatar ImageJenni_Nikki says: I'm not going to comment on the Stephenie Meyer part, but he sure is right about one thing. J.K. Rowling is a fantastic writer! Avatar ImageDanniRV says: J.K Rowling is a wayyy better writer than Meyer. J.K is very descriptive and thorough with her story telling. Meyer just isn't as skilled with the technical aspects of writing, but its the plot of twilight that attracts so many people Avatar ImageSabrinaDrolet14 says: Yeah Stephen King! The twilight books were ok but I had waaaay higher expectations, and yeah pretty much JK rowling is better :)Avatar Imagethursrain says: You Go Stephen King, for finaly saying the plain old truth about Stephanie Meyer's non existant writing skillsAvatar Imagesunlitdays says: go jo!!! i know meyer has had some thing to say about jo, but has jo said anything about meyer and the twilight books? i know she is way to class to diss on twilight like i want her to, but im just wondering...Avatar Imagecw91 says: yeah- i have to agree with him. i really liked the twilight series because, well, i'm a teenage girl and cannot resist a bad-boy(i love sirius too!). However, I like to think that I am at least a smart teenage girl and the literary devices and nuances in her books... well, they aren't in her books. if stephanie meyer writes because she loves it, thats awesome but there is a huge difference between something that could easily pass as a well-written fanfic and a classic.Avatar Imagecoweatyou says: How ironic is this? I just finished the first Twilight book and my thought on page one was "Stephen King would hate this book." Anyone who doesn't know why King doesn't like Meyer's writing should read his book "On Writing" and it will all make sense.Avatar ImageGinnyClone30250 says: Ha ha! This is hilarious, and so true. I like the Twilight series, but Stephenie Meyer cannot write very well at all and Jo is wonderful with words.Avatar ImageTami says: I did enjoy the Twilight series, but I suppose that I was attracted to it for the love story and of course the Vampires. There is no doubt that Jo is an amazing writer, although I really don't get why everyone is so eager to complain about Stephenie Meyer.Avatar Imagehpgeekinpink says: I never really cared for the twilight hype, and then my friend made me start reading it. I've been on page 20 for about 2 months. Her writing is so bad, i can't even read it... I mean, i'm a college kid, i have to read TEXT books that are more interesting then what SM has to say. I'm sorry for all you twilight goers out there, but open your eyes. It's horrible narration. Avatar Imagequoddy says: I want to lick his shoes. I really do. For him to say that, as an important figure, means a lot to me. But I don't like to appear utterly unfeeling. Stephenie worked pretty darn hard on those books, because you have to for any book. But I completely think the topic was absolute rubbish. I acknowledge her right in this world to do all that she's done, but the books seemed honestly to me a lame excuse to live out a daydream. A pathetic daydream. Something like what a foolish girl would see in the mirror of Erised. The girls who read this, I personally feel, will be wasting their lives in front of this mirror. I think it's fair to say that though some people are mature enough to realise that it's just a daydream, a lot of thirteen year olds will just dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to such a false and vain daydream. So I thank Stephen King. Because writers should write for the benefit of others, not for petty vainities.Avatar ImageWingardium says: Yeah I must agree. I have read the Twilight books and thought that the first and last were ok, the story itself is pretty good, but I had to force myself through the other two. They're OK like, but not in the same league as Harry Potter :)Avatar Image13_lucky_charms says: LOL. I laughed so hard when I saw this on Yahoo. She had it coming eventually xDAvatar Imagewendybird3 says: Yes, JK Rowling is a much better author then Stephanie Meyer. However, I don't think that means her books are not worth reading. Not all books are classics. It's like having a meal. Sometimes we eat something wonderful and completely satisfying and it is a meal we remember for ever. But sometimes we just want a bit of a snack. We may think about it and remember it sometimes but it is pretty much fluff. Some books are great and timeless and last forever and some are just a brief bit of entertainment. WHy not enjoy both?Avatar Imageaubrey015 says: You know what? i agree with stephen king!Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: I always found ridiculous to compare HP and Twilight and now he compares the writers, even more ridiculous. I love HP. I really enjoyed reading Twilight. I don't read Stephen King books. I just did not like them. I do not need him to say who is good who is bad. As a reader I can decide this by myself. I found him saying " Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn" very very rude. Avatar Imagelisa63 says: I may be the only person here who hasn't read Stephanie Meyer, but I have read a lot of stuff by James Patterson. I particularly like the Alex Cross series and my daughter is totally into the young adult Maximum Ride series. In my opinion, the quality of the story is what makes me want to read. Who wants to read a really well-written book with a boring story.Avatar Imageleaves at autumn says: I loved Twilight when I read it... But everone can see it's not *good* writing. It flows but that's about it. The same thing is with Th Host,her other book: it was great and thrilling, apart from those hundred or so pages extra in the middle that could have probably been done in ten... Not great literature, it won't become a clasic (unlike some other book series that comes to mind...) but I still recomand it to people- it's good!Avatar Imagehermione_g_1 says: Something that I find very amusing/perplexing is the repeated comment that "Stephen King was rude/unprofessional/what gives him the right?". In addition to being an author, he is a well-known critic of pop culture. You may disagree with him, but he has every right to express his critical opinion.Avatar Imagebettyclarke says: I think I love Stephen King for saying what I have been saying since I read that godawful series. Avatar Imageskduff82 says: I absolutely love Harry Potter and I really got into Twilight but I do feel that Jo is an amazing author and fell into every part of her work, where I got into the love story side of twilight most. I think King was a little harsh in his comments. I do believe Meyer has some talent for being able to write the books she has and found so many fans!Avatar Imageivyclarice says: We all know that Steve loves Jo...he's written in praise of her so many times. :) One of the things I like about him is that he's a fussy Virgo - he won't mince words when it comes to discussing writers and their styles. He's always very direct and candid when it comes to authors - that's not the first time he's trashed James Patterson, either...I think the dialogue with Patterson is his main source of grief.Avatar Imagesallene says: I am a fan of the Twilight books also, but I have to agree. I don't think Meyer's writing style is the best, but she does very well with characterization and emotion. For that alone, I enjoy the stories.Avatar Imagemarigan says: Stephen King is a brilliant man, just to state the obvious.Avatar ImageTheCupcake says: HAHAHA! Thank you, Stephen King! Twilight was such a painful read. I almost stopped listening to Pottercast when they were all excited about this terrible series. Avatar Imagekayzz says: wow...that's exactley what i always thought...meyer's writing is annoying and drives me crazy but the story she writes is interesting and i enjoyed it. my friends think that's odd but the writing of a story can be stupid but the story can be good. but jo is good all around, of course:):):)Avatar ImageCrown Victoria says: HAHAHAHAHAH thtas harsh!!!!!!!!!!!!! Avatar Imagemeow meow says: I think you can't compare the two authors. Rowling is such a great writer... Meyer's book are simply like really bad fanfiction.Avatar Imagehp29 says: I find it refreshing that he gave his honest opinion, which i happen to agree with, JKR is amazing and in a league of her own :)Avatar ImageHufflepuffQueenie says: Good for him! I did enjoy Twilight in the fact, I started reading it before the hype, but it was just a good read, a good story...but that's just about it. Meyer is not anything special, she just happened to offer up a decent story that appealed to teenage girls, and we all know how vast the teenage girl population is and how quick they are to become obsessed with anything (especially if a certain member of the opposite sex is involved...especially if he *sparkles*). Perhaps with more experience Meyer will be able to develop more as a writer, but only time will tell.....but in any case, it is good to finally hear some criticism, lest the crazy fangirls dispense their fury, but I think the King is pretty safe. Edward *Sparkles* Cullen is no match for the King's monsters. :PAvatar Imagedobby_rocks says: Very blunt well I guess thats best sometimes. I have never read the books but I have heard both good and bad. I have some friends who enjoy them they actually went to the midnight release for the fourth book that came out a few months agoAvatar ImageMasquerade says: Meyers can't write but where else can you find sparkly vampire fiction that takes itself so seriously? I read them as a guilty pleasure.Avatar Imagequeequeg says: I have read all of the Twlight books, I really liked the first one, it proved to be a good distraction during finals week. I have never known anyone to act like Bella does when Edward leaves her, to the point where they would lock you up in a metal institution. After the last book, I don't even think I can go back and read the first one again. In a way, its nice to see someone being 'blunt,' there are not enough 'blunt' people in the world, but there is a time and a place for that, not the USA Today Weekend edition. I felt it was rather a cheap shot than an actual critique of her writing. I also really wish people would stop comparing the series, there is really nothing to compare. Avatar ImageCellar Door says: STEPHEN KING, YOU MADE MY WEEK! :D Now we anti-Twilight have him in our side.Avatar Imageaburgess68 says: I completely agreed with SK's comments. As a matter of fact, by the end of the 2nd book, I was completely over all of the references to cold, hard, marble bodies. I kept reading so that I could keep track of what my students read, and it was entertaining...just not my idea of a very good book.Avatar ImageSarabi says: Stephen King is my new lord and savior <3Avatar Imagemoonflower_pmore says: Whoa, that was heavy. But, I've got to agree with him. Twilight was fun but only for about a day or two. I personally liked Jacob Black but only him and not the whole series. Stephenie Meyer is truly disappointing and is nothing compared to Jo Rowling...Avatar ImageMe_Too says: This is not about comparing JK Rowlings Harry Potter to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. I mean JK Rowling is a great writer. This is about Stephen King commenting that Stephenie can’t write. He shouldn’t have commented on the authors writing skills rather on the book itself if he wants to critique it. I mean writers can comment on the works of others(such as editorials,reviews, critiques etc.) but its how he said it. He stooped to a level not as a writer criticizing a novel - rather a jealous has been. I mean he didn't even pointed out what was lacking on the writing just "she can write worth a darn". I mean have he read the book? If he wants to critique her work do it point by point and not just two sentences or two. I mean such a poor behaviour for what you call a "best selling author". Avatar ImageHRWGHP says: I like the Twilight books, they are good fluff to read but i absolutley loved The Host. I thought it was pretty fantastic. Personally I would love to see the Host get a sequel.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Hey_x OMG can't believe he said that. However, it is true! I have recently started to read the first one but just can't get into it (Twilight). Though my friend is OBSESSED by them but they are nothing compared with Harry Potter!! Thank-you!! Avatar ImageFonty says: Yay, 300th! Anyway, I´ve just read a bout 30 books by SK over the years and nothing in the last couple of years and I still have to make it thru the first Twilight Series book, which by the way is called Twilight. :) However, it seems that Bella isn´t a particularly strong female character, which is a bit of a shame, since she was created by a woman.Avatar ImageHiei-Touya-icedemon says: Excuse me? This is not the rambling of some “obsessed fangirl” or “crazed Twilighter.” I am an experienced reader who has enjoyed the Twilight series as thoroughly as the Harry Potter series. I understand people have their own opinions as to which series is BETTER – and I respect them. But I do not feel there is any need for a full-on attack of the author’s ability to write. Stephenie Meyer is an excellent writer who captivated me with her style of writing – not just her story. If it weren’t for the writing, I wouldn’t be able to read Twilight. The way she describes things is beautiful and elegant – and not just in the Twilight series. I also read her other book, The Host, at first because I was waiting for something to tide me over in the span between Twilight books (you should have seen me in the gap between HP books!) but I ended up falling in love with the book. The story was slow for about the first half of the book, but her writing kept me going because it was so very captivating. I am a proud fan of both Harry Potter and Twilight who refuses to participate in this ridiculous debate of books just because they are both popular novels written by skilled women. I am deeply upset by Stephen King’s comments, as he is a man who I previously respected because of his open love for Harry Potter – a book many adults won’t admit to reading because of its status as a “children’s book.” It is one thing to present an opinion, and another thing entirely to express that offensive opinion as fact. Stephenie Meyer worked hard to get to where she is today, only to be known to the press as the “next J.K. Rowling.” This irritates me from both a Harry Potter and Twilight standpoint – Harry Potter because she is NOT J.K.R. and has not come anywhere close to the success our beloved author has, and from Twilight because she is her own person, with her own stories to tell. I don’t believe the Twilight fans had anything “coming to them” – do you see them ridiculing you on their boards? This never-ending competition annoys me so, and it makes it difficult to call yourself a fan of both books. I visit Leaky and the Twilight Lexicon nearly every day, because I am a fan of both, and spend my time between them. I read other books constantly; including those by authors such as James Patterson and Jodi Picoult (My Sister’s Keeper is one of the single greatest books I’ve ever read.) I don’t understand what some Harry Potter fans (and obviously not all – I’ve seen some very gracious responses) have against the Twilight fans. They pose no threat to you. They don’t attack the Harry Potter books daily on their boards. They have nothing but respect for you – in fact, many (including myself) understand that the books’ popularity would have been impossible had Harry Potter not gotten many readers into books in the first place. I wish the few fans that seem to have some sort of vendetta against the Twilight books would remember that it is the media, not the fans, who are behind this so-called “battle of books.” I respect Mr. King as an author, and sincerely hope his comments were made in a moment of foolishness, because to insult such a fine author is a great affront to both me and fellow readers.Avatar ImageGhielsyhr says: I do like the series but I agree that she isn't the best writer, go stephen lol. It's nice to see someone who doesn't call Twilight the "new Harry Potter", that's really annoying, and incredibly untrue.Avatar Imagespreadfear says: What Stephen King did was wrong. I'm sure there are other author's he does not like why just go after Stephanie Meyer publicly. That was uncalled for and very unprofessional If you ask me. Everyone has a right to their own opinion on what books they like and dislike.That maybe his opinion but he didn't need to make it public like that,with him being so well known you would think he would use it in a positive way instead of bashing another author. Avatar ImageShlesha says: GO STEPHEN KING :) This made my whole week and I couldn't get the grin off of my face the entire day. Avatar ImageDylanStarrGeiger says: I really enjoy Stephenie Meyers work and fell in love with the Twilight series/saga not long after Deathly Hallows was released. I needed something new and a friend recommended the title. I would just love the character Alice, she said. And she was right, I do adore Alice! I think the series is fun and flirty. I enjoy the books because I have a love for the characters. Bella is average, clumsy, and at an age I totally miss. So, yes, its loads of fun to read. They may not be written perfectly but the books aren't terrible. I'm wondering if Stephen King has bothered with The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Because that novel is excellently written. In fact, if someone had handed me a naked copy of that book I would have never guessed that Stephenie Meyer wrote it. The style is completely different. The tone, the flow, EVERYTHING. Its absolutely amazing. But its definitely love or hate it piece of fiction. I recommend that book to anyone, especially those who aren't into science fiction. Avatar ImageBradyboy says: It was just his opinion, I honestly don't know why people are making a huge deal about this. Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: Finally someone with a powerful voice says what I've been trying to say for months! LoL...Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I am surprised that one author would take such cheap shots at a peer. There's no reason to say such thing. Meyer must be doing something right to attract such a big following. Avatar ImageSilvergale says: My "Hoorays" go out to Stephen King! :DAvatar ImageRaveKatie says: BAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA I LOVE U SK! Avatar ImageBroomsnitch says: Stephanie Meyer has one level of writing and I think she assumes all of her readers are either 11 years old or have never read a book before. There's no nuance in her writing which is one reason why Rowling far surpasses Meyer when it comes to best-selling authors. Avatar ImagecrazyforSeverus says: Though I enjoy the Twilight series, I agree with Stephen King that Meyer is not the best writer. She has good stories, but the writing is not in any league with J.K. Rowling. However, I do resent his criticism towards authors such as James Patterson without explaining why he thinks they are bad authors (no suspense/plot, bad characters, etc.). I have heard from many that Stepher King's books are impossible to get through (cannot judge myself as I have not read one...I want to read The Mist after watching the movie, loved it) and feel every author can be criticizes but it is unfair to do so without explanation.Avatar ImageMaria Ksand says: I agree with King totally that JK Rowling is a much better writter and Meyer will never EVER compare to her. I don't get what's so special about that very predictable (from the very beginning to the very end I knew what's gonna happen there), badly written series, though all my friends are simply mad about it. I'm all with King there, though, on the orher hand, there are lots of books much worse written than the Twilight series and maybe that's why they became so popular - because there's actually simply nothing to read for teenagers. And here comes Meyer with her vampires and love and some young readers get attracted by it. And it's obviouse for me that Meyer, I think, used to regulary watch Buffy and Angel, though she will never compare to the vampire-god Whedon:) So, my orinion is that JK Rowling's writting is way better. Thanks for your comment, Stephen:) Avatar ImageMaria Ksand says: I agree with King totally that JK Rowling is a much better writter and Meyer will never EVER compare to her. I don't get what's so special about that very predictable (from the very beginning to the very end I knew what's gonna happen there), badly written series, though all my friends are simply mad about it. I'm all with King there, though, on the orher hand, there are lots of books much worse written than the Twilight series and maybe that's why they became so popular - because there's actually simply nothing to read for teenagers. And here comes Meyer with her vampires and love and some young readers get attracted by it. And it's obviouse for me that Meyer, I think, used to regulary watch Buffy and Angel, though she will never compare to the vampire-god Whedon:) So, my orinion is that JK Rowling's writting is way better. Thanks for your comment, Stephen:) Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Oh wow.Avatar Image[email protected] says: Thanks Stephen King. Its great to hear that. You said what we all wanted to say. Jo is the best. Hahaha. Avatar ImageLadyofDarkness says: Stephen King, I completely agree with you, you have just made my day! :D I am so glad a wonderful author like you has the guts to to stand up and say what you think! :) Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: Well, Stephanie Meyer isn't a horrible writer. In fact, she's good, just not good for kids. She's writing romance novels, maybe starting to aim for kids, but now it turned into a teenager-girl read instead of everyone. But, I agree with him that J.K.Rowling is good at writing though! =] lOl. This guy really is too critical for me. =P

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