Idol Chatter

stephenkingpic.jpgMaybe it’s simply difficult to criticize an author whose seen wild success without sounding jealous. Or maybe it really is jealousy between authors. All I know is that a lot of people have had harsh things to say about the success of the “Twilight Series,” and more directly, Stephenie Meyer’s success as a writer. People claim she can’t write to save her life–but then, if she was that bad a writer, then why would “Twilight” be such a worldwide success?
Add Stephen King to the growing list of folks slamming Stephenie Meyer in public. Granted, Stephen King has nothing to cry about when it comes to book sales. But is it possible that Meyer does give him a run for his money in terms of popularity? And this is what stands behind his recent mean commentary about Meyer’s ability (or not) to write, and his rather snide remarks about her teen audience?
In an interview over the weekend, King made the following remarks:

“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…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.”
What do you think? Is King right about Meyer, or suffering a bit from the green monster?
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