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!
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.
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!
God, I love Stephen King. I couldn’t agree more regarding Meyer, Patterson, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
I agree with the idea that the story is nice to read, but the writing is terrible. Well said Mr. King.
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.