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Stephen King Slams Stephenie Meyer: “Can’t Write Worth a Darn”

by Will on February 3, 2009 · 3,286 comments

in Stephenie Meyer

stephenie meyer  200902031213 Stephen King Slams Stephenie Meyer: Cant Write Worth a Darn Snap! King of Horror Stephen King has some harsh words for the work of Stephenie Meyer, and says she’s not as talented as JK Rowling–

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.”

He then goes on to brainstorm why the Twilight series has been so successful–

But then King recalls that when his mom was alive, she read all the Erle Stanley Gardner books, the Perry Mason mysteries, obsessively when he was growing up. “He was a terrible writer, too, but he was very successful,” King says. “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.”

Exclusive: Stephen King on J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer

UPDATE: Seems like this started a bit of a firestorm–please, everyone keep it as civil as possible in the comments,and keep in mind this XKCD comic:
stephenie meyer  200902040818 Stephen King Slams Stephenie Meyer: Cant Write Worth a Darn

  • weetiger3

    “They are two very very different things – Writing well and telling a good story.” What?? What a ridiculous thing to say. Writing well is writing well, no matter the subject. One can tell a good story w/out writing well if one is sitting around a campfire and verbally “telling a story”, however, if you put that story into print, you owe it to your reader to write it well.

  • Dusk

    She knows how to hold the attention of ignorant, simple minded and needed women.

  • Dusk

    She knows how to hold the attention of ignorant, simple minded and needed women.

  • Dusk

    She knows how to hold the attention of ignorant, simple minded and needed women.

  • Dusk

    She knows how to hold the attention of ignorant, simple minded and needed women.

  • Dusk

    Well, I'm glad Meyer's books have succeeded in giving you a warm fuzzy feeling in your nether regions. Unfortunately, given the substandard quality of the prose, she hasn't provided you anything in the way of correct spelling or grammar.

    people*
    damn*
    S.King* <that's a proper noun. capitals remember.
    …*It's only three (3) dots.
    wonderful*
    written*
    I could continue, but I really don't think it would help you.

    Also, your point about being '22 and over Harry Potter' is testiment to everything that's wrong with the Twilight Fan-base'.
    Nice be contradiction there. I thank you for it, be it sad that you are that unitelligent at 22, however it provided me a hearty laugh. Harry Potter has a much broader audience than Twilight could ever aspire to. As it stretches beyond pre-virginity-losing teens and 42 year old sag-bags experiencing a mid-life crisis as a result of sexual and emotional depravity.

    To conclude, your stupidity and literary dependability leads me to fear for the future of all arts, in any form. Cinema, Literature, Visual art and design are all falling past what is structurally and theoretically good, and dieing mercilessly at the hands of those who do not truly understand, or cannot comprehend the power of art in any medium.

    die

  • dusk

    Lets have a look at the fundamental differences between Meyer's “Books” and the masterful prose that is the legacy of Stephen King (okay, so I'm a little bias).

    Stephen King commonly explores the realm of horror. His ideas are original and his prose is of such quality that he has had over 40, (roughly 10 times the success of Meyer) books in the Bestseller category. Stephen kings books sell straight off the press, Meyer's “EPIC SAGA”, similarly to Harry Potter (another poor installment) sat miserably and un-wanted on shelves for several years, similar to the romantic future of it's fans.

    Now, pay attention.
    Stephen King writes 'LITERARY FICTION'
    Meyer and Rowling alike write 'POPULAR FICTION'
    Gold star for anyone who can distinguish between the two.

    Stephen King is ENTITLED to express his opinion, not only as one of the worlds most esteemed, celebrated, awarded and most read writers, but also in the same way any literary critic (whom commonly are not novelist themselves) can express their views regarding any piece of prose.
    To suggest that Stephen Kings opinion is in any way irrelevant or obselete, is like suggesting that it is not in a father's interest to comment on the school grades of his daughter.

    I would be shocked and appalled if Meyer had not read at least 1 Stephen King novel in her lifetime. If she hadn't, then I would suggest that she is not fit to be published on the subject of vampires or werewolves alike. Regardless of how mercilessly she has slaughtered their demonic reputation.

    All Twilight fans, I hope for your sake, that one day you will read 'A secret history', 'Clockwork Orange,' or maybe Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' one day, and be capable of understanding the error of your ways.

    -Dusk-

  • Seriously?

    well I mean no one would make fun of you if you actually made statements that made sense, instead of all your arguments being “TWILIGHT IS AWESOME! EDWARD IS HAWWWTT!!!! ANYONE WHO HATES TWILIGHT IS GAYYY!!” I mean and you still don’t see why people don’t take you guys seriously. And even if your mind can’t comprehend the writing of Stephen King it’s not our fault personally when I read Twilight (I am 14) I feel like I am reading a 6th grade level reading book and that I’m loosing IQ points by the second. and P.S BLACKPAWNMOVEMENT IS HILARIOUS xD

  • Seriously?

    well I mean no one would make fun of you if you actually made statements that made sense, instead of all your arguments being “TWILIGHT IS AWESOME! EDWARD IS HAWWWTT!!!! ANYONE WHO HATES TWILIGHT IS GAYYY!!” I mean and you still don’t see why people don’t take you guys seriously. And even if your mind can’t comprehend the writing of Stephen King it’s not our fault personally when I read Twilight (I am 14) I feel like I am reading a 6th grade level reading book and that I’m loosing IQ points by the second. and P.S BLACKPAWNMOVEMENT IS HILARIOUS xD

  • Seriously?

    well I mean no one would make fun of you if you actually made statements that made sense, instead of all your arguments being “TWILIGHT IS AWESOME! EDWARD IS HAWWWTT!!!! ANYONE WHO HATES TWILIGHT IS GAYYY!!” I mean and you still don’t see why people don’t take you guys seriously. And even if your mind can’t comprehend the writing of Stephen King it’s not our fault personally when I read Twilight (I am 14) I feel like I am reading a 6th grade level reading book and that I’m loosing IQ points by the second. and P.S BLACKPAWNMOVEMENT IS HILARIOUS xD

  • Seriously?

    well I mean no one would make fun of you if you actually made statements that made sense, instead of all your arguments being “TWILIGHT IS AWESOME! EDWARD IS HAWWWTT!!!! ANYONE WHO HATES TWILIGHT IS GAYYY!!” I mean and you still don’t see why people don’t take you guys seriously. And even if your mind can’t comprehend the writing of Stephen King it’s not our fault personally when I read Twilight (I am 14) I feel like I am reading a 6th grade level reading book and that I’m loosing IQ points by the second. and P.S BLACKPAWNMOVEMENT IS HILARIOUS xD

  • Seriously?

    well I mean no one would make fun of you if you actually made statements that made sense, instead of all your arguments being “TWILIGHT IS AWESOME! EDWARD IS HAWWWTT!!!! ANYONE WHO HATES TWILIGHT IS GAYYY!!” I mean and you still don’t see why people don’t take you guys seriously. And even if your mind can’t comprehend the writing of Stephen King it’s not our fault personally when I read Twilight (I am 14) I feel like I am reading a 6th grade level reading book and that I’m loosing IQ points by the second. and P.S BLACKPAWNMOVEMENT IS HILARIOUS xD

  • Ivy

    I’m 15, I dislike Twilight very much and love S.King’s books. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
    I’m a bit of a bookworm, and have read far better books than Twilight. It’s easy to read, but that’s basically it.

  • Ivy

    I’m 15, I dislike Twilight very much and love S.King’s books. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
    I’m a bit of a bookworm, and have read far better books than Twilight. It’s easy to read, but that’s basically it.

  • Ivy

    No one's insulting the normal, smart readers of Twilight. It's just that there are a lot of mindless fangirls out there that give the rest of the fans a bad name.

  • annachriz

    Yeah, I agree, Stephanie made vampires and werewolves flirts and love crazy. And the book displays typical teen-age idiocy of putting all their worries on their love life rather than focus on their study and do well in life and yeah she did slaughtered the demonic reputation of the vampires. Whats the moral of the story again? I couldn’t find any other than “we need to choose the hotter boyfriend”.

    I also read a comment that says King couldn’t write because his books are too detailed. I couldn’t see whats wrong with being detailed. King’s books are too detailed that they are able to penetrate and fill you imagination and will leave you hiding under your blanket at night. Too bad young people would rather have vampires falling in love than being what their true nature is.

  • Joe

    You will die. I will track you down and KILL you. Stephen King is the absolute KING of all literature, whilst Stephanie Meyer writes pornos that unsuspecting teenagers read–and continue to read.

    Stephen King is completely correct in what he says about Meyer. Stephen King couldn’t be selfish since he is still making best-seller books, and has much more success than Meyer or anyone else. Sure, the HP craze has died down, but Rowling is definitely better.
    P.S. Please consult grade school, I don’t believe they’ve teached you proper grammar. Don’t insult Stephen King. He has fans, too.
    Sure, the HP craze has died down, but he is right when saying that Rowling is better.

  • Idil :)

    He is absolutely right. I mean atleast JK has variety! She writes about love, drama, mystery, adventure ect. And does and excellent job at it too, HP was planned and thought about and is frankly A M A Z I N G.
    Meyer however writes as if she is basing it on some vivid dream she had and is making up the whole plot as she goes. Oh wait. Thats EXACTLY what she does. Isnt it?
    xxx Idil, 17, London.

  • Stephen King

    It’s funny, I heard many comments from young teenagers trying to stand out with dirty language to show that they heart their “Twilight”, Sure I read the books, but seriously, these are teens and even tweens talking, and last time I checked Stephen King’s books are adult books, so of course half of these overly, obsessed wannabes would not get the true literature in Stephen King’s horror novels. One comment literally made me laugh aloud, from a commenter called “twilightlovee” and I quote, “If Stephanie Meyer is such a terrible writer than why has she sold so many copies of her books and why have they been turned into movies only to make millions and millions of dollars? Yeah I thought so,” I have an answer to that long, grammar error question. Particularly Girl Teens,( the obsessed wannabes I mentioned earlier ), would buy these books either A: They Simply picked up this book because of the romance, B: They bought it to look “Cool”, C: They really wanted to involve themselves in the “Twilight World” and become an obsessive wannabe, or D: Like me, they bought the books to BURN IT :) So many Teens chose A,B,and C and of course there are many teens on this planet, I mean just because it sells, does NOT MEAN that it is good. Obviously Catherine Hardwicke made the movie (being smart) like most Americans do, TO GET MONEY! Some Americans know the way to get the big bucks off of some silly teen romance novels. Glad I Got my point across Twitards! – Stephen King

  • NOT a TWITARD!!

    Hah, he had the guts to say that and he knew people would hate him, and Stephenie Meyer was probably sulking around trying to get people to Love her even more, Nice Job Stephen King You rock :) – DEFINETLY NOT A TWITARD!

  • She who reads

    I agree with SK. I realize that I’m a bit biased because I’m a fan of his, but oh well. There are so many girls in my homeroom class (I’m in grade six.) that love the Twilight Saga. Granted, some of these girls have also read and liked Mr. King’s books as well. After hearing how good the Twilight Saga was, I checked the first book out from my public library. Since both my peers and teachers alike loved it so much, I thought it must have been pretty spectacular. I was completely wrong. First off, Edward is downright creepy, and in my opinion, his behavior makes him very unattractive. Second, Bella, the supposedly strong heroine, couldn’t have been more whiny, obnoxious, immature, dependent on others, and just Mary Sue-esque all around. Then, there was the plot itself. Anne Rice, whose books I love, said something questioning why vampires would attend high school, when they could do so many other things. I think she’s right. If you could live forever and do all these fun, amazing things, then why in the world would you go back to school when you’ve already graduated? Don’t get me wrong, I love school, but if I had already finished my education and already knew what they were teaching us, I wouldn’t go back, simply because it would be a waste of time. Also, as some other people have pointed out, there are boys who are genuinely nice to Bella and manage to show her that they like her without breaking in to her house to watch her sleep, and yet she just walks all over them. This brings me to my next point. How is somebody breaking into your home and gawking at you while you are trying to sleep romantic? I’m only twelve, but if I was old enough to date, and somebody did that to me, I’d get a restraining order against them, or at least call the police and report the incident. Sorry for my incredibly long rant, you guys, but this just makes me mad. Stephen King has the right to say what he would like to say, as does everyone. Censoring people’s opinions just because they contradict yours in in no way acceptable. It’s cruel, and frankly, when I think of people getting death threats because they don’t agree with something, I think of Nazi Germany.

  • Usuck

    Hate to burst your bubble, but vampires are NOT real.

  • Jill

    Being a fan of both King and Meyer’s novels, I think that although Meyer has done very well, however, she will never have the creativity, nor the variety, that King publishes. He is a literature genius, and she writes about vampires that sparkle. If you compare King’s novel ‘Salem’s Lot with Twilight, you can tell that King captures what we think vampires should be and turns it into a work that is all his own. She makes vampires sound like baseball loving imbeciles. Although Meyer created a good story, her writing will never compare to King.

  • Matt

    Come on and let the Twilight lovers alone! It says that we should keep it as civil as possible, and it’s not very civil to bash mentally challenged people, am I right? So leave the “Twilighters” alone.

  • Brown carpet

    Nazi’s burn books

  • http://twitter.com/torchwoodhpfan Kate Brady

    What wrong with Harry Freakin’ Potter… its totally awesome and has one of the biggest fandoms on Fanfiction with some of the best writes like Lord Silvere, ThanFiction and Inocencia. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001196708111 Austin Li

    Drat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001196708111 Austin Li

    LOL fail math. Retake Middle School Math I, it’ll do you some good, if it can get through your skull.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001196708111 Austin Li

    lolwut? Are you high? XD

  • Carly

    acaso eres un vampiro real para saver k no brillan,y que se queman con el sol ya esta muy trillado, y por eso son licantropos pork cambian de forma, no lobos comunes y corrientes, y se supone k cuanto te enamoras de verdad no impotar lo k tu pareja sea o no, lo amas….ademas si alguien quisiera leer de sexo se comprara una revista barata y no una  novela…… stephenie es creativa y no escrivio los mismos rollos de siempre de los vampiros,es algo diferente y genial…pd: stephen king tambien es genial he leido varios de sus libros. bye bye

  • guest11312

    ……Mr.king, words cannot describe my feelings of gratitude. i was always a fan and now i always will be.

  • Logical Person

    The fan base is the shortest I have seen in a long time!. Only 17 million copies were sold between the series where as each of Stephen Kings books sells at least 350 million copies get over it twihard!!!!!!! Because your wrong

  • Logical Person

    Are you crazy?. He isn’t “dissin” he is speaking the truth!. GET OVER IT!!!!!

  • Dellia

    Sorry man I accidentally pressed the dislike bottom T-T

  • http://www.facebook.com/kc.viltrakis Romualdas Viltrakis

    that does not matter what does is simply this read bram strokers dracula to learn the true mithos on modern vampires

  • http://www.facebook.com/kc.viltrakis Romualdas Viltrakis

    i will refure to dusk and usa-chii an just state you are a moron as much as the intelligence dampening sphere

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