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Stephen King on Stephenie Meyer and Twilight

Twilight book cover

Twilight -- aka boyfriends are super important

We’ll be talking about Stephen King as always during the October Horrorfest here on the blog. I figured I might as well jump in a couple of days early, since I don’t seem to be able to keep to any of the deadlines I set for myself.

King was recently quoted on Stephenie Meyer and Twilight. I don’t know the man but he always strikes me as generous, kind, and usually highly complimentary of other authors.

For instance, he has raved about the Harry Potter books. But here’s Stephen King on Twilight:

“Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”

And on Meyer, from 2009:

“The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn,” he said. “She’s not very good.”

As much fun as I’ve poked at Stephenie Meyer and the vampire books, I truly don’t care. I’m glad they get people reading, especially kids. But the boyfriend quote makes me laugh every time I think about it.
What say you?

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  • Jay Lampas September 28, 2011, 9:33 am

    Reading Stephenie Meyer makes me want to light my eyeballs on fire and beat out the flames with track shoes.

  • D September 28, 2011, 11:10 am

    Considering that Stephen King is simultaneously one my most loved and hated authors (love him for his talent, hate him for his ability to so thoroughly scare the crap out of me), I say that he may be on to something. I didn’t read the HP series, but I’ve grown to love it through the movies (assuming that the movies are only half as good as the books) given the themes and nicely woven plot pieces that are present.

  • Heather September 28, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Meyer’s prose is ok. There are worse writers out there–the guy who writes those Goosebumps books, for instance. . . he wrote an “adult” horror novel once–reading the sex scenes was like–well, reading something written by a fourth-grader who only imagines what sex might be like, based only on what they’ve heard coming from their parents’ bedroom with the door shut. I can’t read any of Meyer’s books. . . . I’ve tried. It’s all that sappy romance. I can’t read Nicholas Sparks for the same reason. I’m just not a romantic type o’ gal i reckon.

    • Josh Hanagarne September 28, 2011, 5:10 pm

      RL Stine wrote an adult book? What was it?

      • Heather September 29, 2011, 10:25 am

        Superstitious. And the whole time I was reading it or would even look at the cover, I’d get that Stevie Wonder song stuck in my head. The Stevie Wonder song was my favorite part of that whole experience. Sad but true. . . .

  • Spencer September 28, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I joined Goodreads just to slam the Twilight series. I have since grown to love it for its own reasons (Goodreads, NOT the Twilight series). But I think King’s analysis is telling. Writers are usually very generous with other writers. And especially given that he openly appreciates Harry Potter, particularly for its “terrific” writing, what he has to say about Meyer by comparison is really something.

    • Josh Hanagarne September 28, 2011, 5:08 pm

      Honestly, if I had read Twilight without any of the hype that came with it, I would have thought “that’s not any better, or worse, than most.” And then I probably never would have thought of it again.

      • Spencer September 29, 2011, 2:42 pm

        I read the first one pre-hype. It was just a friend of my wife saying “you like to read? OMG, you HAVE TO read this!!!” I have encountered similar disappointment with less-hyped but likewise personally endorsed books. I like to keep my expectations neutral. I usually don’t read any reviews or often even the back of the book until after I have read the book itself. Sometimes I have found myself reading stuff that holds no interest at all as a result, but most of the time it results in pleasant surprise as the books unfolds naturally (i.e. un-endorsed/hyped).

  • Jim Janney September 29, 2011, 1:46 am

    Heh. Just two sentences, and King gets to the heart of the matter. The hallmark of a good writer.

    • Spencer September 29, 2011, 2:47 pm

      The polar opposite of the skewered author at issue. She says in a 500+ page book what could be handled in a paragraph. Ugh!

  • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot October 4, 2011, 3:12 pm

    Twilight is so badly written it’s gobsmacking – but it all goes to show a good story can carry crappy writing through so there’s hope for all of us. JK Rowling can write and tell a story. The Potter films are vastly superior to Twilight films too but Robert Patterson is better looking than Daniel what’s-his-name and looks are important for a good movie;)

  • Angela October 21, 2011, 8:40 am

    As the mother of a tween, I loved the idea of her reading about “confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity” and not that life is all about having a boyfriend, not to mention being so damned depressed all the time. She’s a self-confident, loyal, hard-working teen now, whom is choosing not to read Twilight (at 11 I wouldn’t let her) and I feel that the Harry Potter series helped to develop her strong personality.

    • Josh Hanagarne October 21, 2011, 9:37 am

      Thanks Angela. But perhaps we’ll all succumb to Edward eventually. He smolders so.

      • Angela October 21, 2011, 10:03 am

        lol God I hope not! I’m not against romance; Mr. Darcy smolders too! And the main character has a strong personality and the author assumes you are intelligent! You can have it all if you look for it.

  • Jane (Ukraine) December 2, 2011, 4:08 pm

    Hi, I absolutly agree with Angela, why is this Twilight Bella so depressed all the time? I’ve tryed to read all the books (in Russian and in Ukrainian, my English is not perfect) – I couldn’t, it was too boring and too ”sweetly”, prolonged and yeah, our (girls’) goal in life isn’t too be with a boyfriend otherswise it’s the end of the world, no! So I’ve read only first 2 bookes, then I was forced by my friends to watch movies. Movies were even worse.
    And this love triangle in the story is so funny, and bamb, the wolf Jakob loves depressed girl’s daughter… What a delirium?!

    So what I want to tell, that all over the world people (teen girls mostly, but I so even adults loving Twilight) are crazy or what?
    How could this story possibly become so popular ALL OVER THE WORLD?!

    P.S. Sorry about my poor English, if I responced here in Russian it would look better and I could express all my feelings about this Twilight worldwide illness. But in this case U wouldn’t understand me(((

    • Angela December 2, 2011, 8:30 pm

      Thanks Jane, I understand you perfectly.

  • Daniel July 18, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Twatlight is about as entertaining as an anal prolapse.

  • mike July 20, 2012, 9:49 pm

    King has not wrote anything worth reading , in about 10 years and he shit the bed on the dark tower final

    • Lee Robinson September 30, 2012, 2:17 am

      Absolute tosh all the dark tower books were fab. SK was and still remains the “King” of this genre.