Stephen King thinks Stephenie Meyer, author of the ridiculously successful (at the moment) Twilight series of vampire novels, “can’t write worth a darn.”
The whole quote was in reference to the massive success of both Meyer and J K Rowling (Harry Potter and the Bottomless Bank Account). He said, “”The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephanie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” Ooh, harsh.
Stephen King/Stephenie Meyer (pic E! Online)
He did go on to say that, regardless of her apparent inability to write, her storytelling was compelling and appealed to a lot of fans. Teenage girls that have no idea what good writing is, I suppose. Let’s be honest – if you’re a huge fan of the Twilight books, which are essentially about a young girl giving herself to a metrosexual emo with night wandering issues, then you probably don’t seek out high literature to really engage your mind. If the story of a shivering touch on bare, moonlit skin from a forbidden lover keeps you reading, you probably don’t care about how well it’s written.
Mind you, King has been known to cast aspersions from his Bestseller Throne before:
Perry Mason author Erle Stanley Gardner – “He was a terrible writer, too, but he was very successful”
Dean Koontz – “…can write like hell. And then sometimes he’s just awful”
James Patterson – “a terrible writer but he’s very very successful”
This from King who, more often than not, writes a fantastic book but never once gets an ending pinned down.
If we’re honest, all of us are hacks and we just hope that our stories engage a certain slice of the public enough that they buy our books. The bigger the slice, the more we get to talk about it. But for every single author out there, there will be numerous fans, numerous people that just don’t care and plenty of people that think we’re not “worth a darn.”
Don’t worry, Stephenie Meyer – keep writing your books for teenage girls and let your success cushion you against the slings and arrows of Stephen King.