I was going to keep my thoughts to myself. Really, I was. Obviously, I changed my mind.
According to a story I just read on Yahoo’s OMG
, Stephen King trashed Stephenie Meyer in a recent interview.
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.
First, I should preface my comments by admitting that I do not consider Stephenie Meyer to be a good writer in terms of style. Sorry, Twihards, but it’s the truth. Her story is great, and she tells it in a captivating way; however, this does not necessarily mean she’s going to win any literary awards. BUT that said…
1. J. K. Rowling a terrific writer? I would argue that she is no better writer than Stephenie Meyer. In a contest between the two in writing style, I would be hard pressed to name a winner. Again, we consider her to be good because she captures our attention with a great story.
2. And here is where Hubby might pack up his things and walk out the door… Stephen King shouldn’t talk because he’s not the best of writers either. Don’t get me wrong; I can enjoy a Stephen King book with the best of them. He tells good stories. I would argue, though, that he doesn’t always necessarily tell them well. Personally, I think Stephen King has chronic diarrhea of the pen.
There I said it.
Look, I admit that I am not an expert of literary genius, and I’m sure I can find examples of quality writing in the work of any and all of the aforementioned authors. Maybe the thing that irks me the most about Stephen King’s comments is simply the fact that he trashed a fellow writer. His right to freedom of speech aside, in a profession that is so full of outside critics, is it really necessary to turn on one another?