I’m only vaguely aware of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, and I haven’t read it, and so am in no position to comment upon it, but Stephen King says:

“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.”

I refer you to the title of this post.

I found the quotation on yahoo’s entertainment gossip blog, which you can find here: http://omg.yahoo.com/news/stephen-king-on-twilight-author-stephenie-meyer-can-t-write-worth-a-darn/18406?nc



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5 responses to “Pot-Kettle-Black

  1. rhulcreativewriters

    I’ve not read Twilight but Stephen King, when he can be bothered, can sometimes write something worth a darn. Misery, for example. Mind you, it propelled him into his rather trying I’m-not-just-a-genre-horror-writer-I-have-things-to-say phase, which had rapidly diminishing returns. The Dark Half was particularly stupid, as I recall.

    JKR though; in what sense is she a ‘terrific writer’? She had a Good Idea, obviously, and she thinks of exciting cliffhangers (though she can never come up with satisfying ways of getting out of them). There are some vivid setpieces in some of the books, like the Death Eaters appearing at the Quidditch World Cup or the . But the books got worse and worse as she became more and more famous and therefore, I suppose, less and less easy to edit. That does rather suggest that she hasn’t learned much from the experience of writing; her style is terribly stodgy and her plotting is really weak.

    Go on then, somebody defend her.


  2. rhulcreativewriters

    I’m not going to (defend her). Dean Koontz’s dog might, though. [DC]

  3. rhulcreativewriters

    That Trixie is anyone’s bitch.

  4. I haven’t read Twilight either; read some excerpts of what some people considered as ‘bad writing’ however, and gosh, it was terrible.

    JK actually had a decent plot – you could tell it was to some extent, planned, there were a few Chekhov’s guns here and there. It all started out nicely as a children’s/’young adult’ fantasy. It took a very horrible turn for the worse as she tried to introduce some teenage angst into the whole thing. And it all started going downhill. Her writing isn’t fantastic either, especially her dialogue.



  5. Thursa

    Whilst HP has a very special place in my heart, I could never describe JKR as a ‘terrific writer’. I did some work experience at Bloomsbury just after the publication of the final book and everyone there seemed to be rather in awe of her. Of course they have a right to be proud, but I don’t think anyone would’ve dared say no to her – she’s their hallowed cash cow.

    As for the Twilight books… I have read them. And they are pretty terrible (deteriorating as they go), but there’s just something about oddly compelling about them! I am so ashamed.

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