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Old February 5 2009, 05:28 AM   #1
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Steven King slams Twilight

http://news.yahoo.com/s/eonline/2009...celeb_eo/82354

Los Angeles (E! Online) – Count Stephen King among those not swooning over Edward Cullen.

In what should have been a controversy-free interview with USA Weekend to promote his latest book, the horror master has slammed Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer's writing prowess...by flat-out saying she has none.

What started with an innocent question on the recent juggernaut success of fellow mainstream writers Meyer and J.K. Rowling quickly devolved into a full-scale denouncement of the former's skills.

"The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephanie Meyer can't write worth a darn," he said. "She's not very good."

Leave it to an author not to mince his words.

Possibly sensing the worldwide fallout from inflaming millions of Twilight loyalists, King went on to say that while Meyere's writing may bite the big one, her storytelling is compelling...at least to a certain, less experienced segment of the population.

"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 very exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because they're not overtly sexual.

"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."

While King seemed to reserve his choicest words for Meyer, she wasn't the only best-selling author eviscerated by him. On the contrary, King declared Perry Mason author Erle Stanley Gardner "terrible," Dean Koontz "sometimes…just awful," and James Patterson "a terrible writer" who is nonetheless "very very successful."

You know, the opposite of what King now is with Meyer fans.

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Old February 5 2009, 05:37 AM   #2
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Re: Steven King slams Twilight

Hell hath no fury like a Twilight fangirl scorned.

I dare not even imagine what is being said about Mr. King on Twilight message boards right now!
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Old February 5 2009, 05:38 AM   #3
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Wow, that was incredibly professional of him.
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Old February 5 2009, 06:06 AM   #4
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He gave his honest opinion. Only 12 year old fan girls like Twilight anyway.
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Old February 5 2009, 06:10 AM   #5
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Actually, this has improved my opinion of King.

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Old February 5 2009, 06:11 AM   #6
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Wow, that was incredibly professional of him.
He was asked his opinion and he gave it. It's not as if he completely ripped into her; he merely stated he didn't believe that she was a good writer but that she came up with a compelling story. There's nothing unprofessional about that in the slightest.
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Old February 5 2009, 06:18 AM   #7
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Wow, that was incredibly professional of him.
He was asked his opinion and he gave it. It's not as if he completely ripped into her; he merely stated he didn't believe that she was a good writer but that she came up with a compelling story. There's nothing unprofessional about that in the slightest.
Exactly. If you don't want something, you dont ask for it. You also cant expect everything you want to turn out the way you want it to.

And what would you rather he of done? Lie? And if he did, is that anymore professional than the truth that was told in this case?
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Old February 5 2009, 06:29 AM   #8
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Dean Koontz "sometimes…just awful,"
I'm gad to hear I'm not the only one who thinks this.
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Old February 5 2009, 06:33 AM   #9
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Well, this was completely Random. Doesn't he have other more pressing things to be worried about.
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Old February 5 2009, 08:36 AM   #10
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The books were great. The movie was shite.
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Old February 5 2009, 08:55 AM   #11
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Well, this was completely Random. Doesn't he have other more pressing things to be worried about.
Like... ?
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Old February 5 2009, 08:58 AM   #12
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I got nothing.
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Old February 5 2009, 09:10 AM   #13
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Ha! Never been a huge King fan, but he just went up a notch in my books.
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Old February 5 2009, 09:11 AM   #14
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Well, this was completely Random. Doesn't he have other more pressing things to be worried about.
Like... ?
Oh I don't know, but just coming out now to criticize someone else's work. This author isn't competing against him (They're too different demographics) and if she was, than he'd have to criticize every other author or something. Just the timing of this seemed so weird and random.
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Old February 5 2009, 09:16 AM   #15
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^ Well, he was asked by the interviewer. It's not like he just went on a tirade out of nowhere.
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