In a move sure to anger twelve-year-old girls everywhere, the world’s best-selling author Stephen King has called out Stephenie Meyer.
Speaking to USA Weekend’s Lorrie Lynch, King was asked to make comparisons between two of the bigger selling authors in recent memory, J.K. Rowling and Meyer.Â King replied, “Both Rowling and Meyer, theyâ€™re speaking directly to young people. … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer canâ€™t write worth a darn. Sheâ€™s not very good.”
King went on to elaborate, saying that there are some authors who aren’t so good who sell a lot of books and some that are very good that also earn the status of best-seller.Â Â King recalled that growing up, his mother devoured and loved the works of Earl Stanley Gardner.Â
“He was a terrible writer, too, but he was very successful,” King said. “Somebody whoâ€™s a terrific writer whoâ€™s been very, very successful is Jodi Picoult. Youâ€™ve got Dean Koontz, who can write like hell. And then sometimes heâ€™s just awful. It varies. James Patterson is a terrible writer but heâ€™s very very successful.”
As for the appeal of the “Twilight” saga, King said, “People are attracted by the stories, by the pace and in the case of Stephenie Meyer, itâ€™s very clear that sheâ€™s writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. Itâ€™s exciting and itâ€™s thrilling and it’s not particularly threatening because theyâ€™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, thatâ€™s a shorthand for all the feelings that theyâ€™re not ready to deal with yet.”
The interview is part of a new feature on King that will be published in this weeend’s USA Weekend.Â And while it appears King is critical of the “Twilight” novels, there is no word on his thoughts on Meyer’s adult novel, “The Host.”Â