Stephen King Comments on JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer
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February 03, 2009, 07:52 PM
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!
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.
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.
Yes, thank you Steven King.
thanks stephen king
finally!!!!!!!! someone said it
Stephen King is my new hero. I love to hear criticisms of Stephanie Meyer coming from legitimate places. It makes me feel vindicated.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Yep, that’s my fellow Mainer telling it like it is.
Or, since we are both Mainers, I guess I should have started with ayuh.
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.
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…