As most of you are aware, I've been reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series for almost two weeks now. I'm halfway through the fourth book, Breaking Dawn, and cannot get enough of them. My sleep schedule is all out of whack, I find myself comparing strangers to vampires, I've convinced myself my friend's puppy is part wolf (er... werewolf), and I can't stop talking about that damned Edward.
That said, I completely agree with what most people say about the writing quality: that it's not so good. Meyer's can't get through a page with using extreme adverbs, extensive sighing, and mucho gazing. So why am I still reading, and obsessively at that? Because she tells a good story. Her target audience is teenaged girls, and wow, does she nail that "oh my god I love him so much I can't think straight unless he's right next to me and even then I can't breathe because he's right next to me and I'll never find anyone who I love so much in my whole life" feeling that rules teens' existence. It's been fun thinking like a teenager again. (And dammit, I WON'T find anyone to love me like Edward!)
Several of my friends who've already read the series have been humoring me as I make my way through the series, teasing me with what's to come and using extreme adverbs for me. Yesterday Turkey sent me a link that has me shaking my head. In a recent interview with USA Weekend, Stephen King compared Meyer with JK Rowling, saying:
"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."
Now, I'm not saying I disagree, but I don't really see the benefit to King saying something like this. He does explain a little:
"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 it's not overtly sexual."
So while he thinks she sucks, he still understands the appeal. I have visions of Dan Brown arguments swirling through my head, and I'm wondering if any bestselling authors bashed him after The DaVinci Code. I know Mr. King is entitled to his opinion, but do you think he went too far in this interview? At one point is it okay to stop supporting your fellow writer?