The Word On: Stephen King

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"Ouch! In a new interview with 'USA Today', Stephen King was asked about his thoughts on the writing talents of J K Rowling and Stephenie Meyer (who created the Twilight Saga)... He said: '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 ... it's very clear that she's writing to a whole generation of girls.' I have always respected Stephen King for his brutal honesty ... but there have been those books of his that are absolutely terrible."

"As a fan of Stephen King for 35 years and a reader of most of his books ... I am really disappointed in his behavior. I really thought he was a classier person than this ... To feel the need to do [this] publicly is embarrassing. He has given a new author a lambasting I'm sure he wouldn't have appreciated when he was starting out. "


"As a self-proclaimed 'Twilighter', I could care less that King thinks Meyer has no writing skill. However, as a woman, I find his rationalization for why 'girls' are attracted to this book to be a bit on the insulting side ... In reality, plenty of well-educated, well-accomplished, confident women with a taste for more than just blood, guts and gore are drawn to these books."