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Stephen King Comments on JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer

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Posted by: sue
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!

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Thanks Stephen King. Its great to hear that. You said what we all wanted to say. Jo is the best. Hahaha.

Posted by chRiStiNe [(ROAR)] on March 18, 2010, 11:15 PM report to moderator
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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! :)

Posted by [Former] LadyofDarkness on March 19, 2010, 12:12 AM report to moderator
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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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