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Hi - I have a Teen Space Group here on GoodReads, please join if you feel like it.

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Stephen King Disses Twilight Writer Stephanie Meyer

Stephen King is a great writer. There’s no doubt about it. But he also isn’t afraid to call about a mediocre one. Twilight writer Stephanie Meyer wowed readers across the country with her Twilight books, and everyone says how once you read one page, you can’t put it down. Stephen King doesn’t agree.

In a recent interview with USA Today weekend edition, King compares Meyer’s writing skills with those of J.K. Rowling’s. And the way he sees it, Meyer’s just doesn’t do it for him like Rowling’s does..

He says, “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.” “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 it’s not overtly sexual.”

He further explains, “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.”

Hmmm, Stephen seems to know adolescent girls pretty well! A little creepy! And we’re sure a lot of people out there are going to go ahead and disagree with him! He’s barking up the wrong tween market tree!

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Jo (JoLelaK) | 2 comments I am a huge King fan. I have a picture of myself standing in front of his house in a totally non-stalker sort of way. I enjoyed the Twilight books, but they are not great literature. They are nice, easy reads. I am probably going to be flogged for my opinion here. The characters are OK, Bella ticked me off on a regular basis, Edward was a little too perfect in my opinion. It was like a teen girl fantasy come to life. It is better than most of the drivel out there, from my youth, Sweet Valley High and the like.

King will be seen as the Dickens of our lifetime. Our great grandchildren will be reading his work in high school and college. I am not saying that Twilight won't be around, but it won't be taught in school.

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Kate (katespofford) I understand where he's coming from. The fandom of Stephenie Meyer has blown these books out of proportion. I loved them, don't get me wrong--but on the same note, I also loved V.C. Andrews for a period of time, and no one is going to call her (or her ghostwriter) a literary genius. It's a good story.

I always felt, and I know I'm not alone, that the pacing of the Twilight books is off. There's basically no plot until the end in all of them, or at least the climax of the books seem to come out of nowhere with very little pre-planning and takes up the final 50 pages of an 800 page book. Most of us clearly enjoyed the characters enough to read about their lives and relationships without there being much by way of plot or conflict for the first 600 or so pages. I think there is something to be said for that... I wouldn't say that Meyer "can't write worth a darn" but she seems to be very good at characterization and less great at plot/pacing.

I also love Stephen King... and you have to think back to how critics didn't think he was a great writer when he first started his career.

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Interesting comments!

Thanks Jo Lela and Katie.

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