Meyer: the New JK Rowling
Vampire author gaining on Rowling's popularity
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2008 9:39 AM CST
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(Newser) – Have we finally found the next JK Rowling? Even Brits are starting to admit Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer is coming close, the Daily Telegraph reports. The 34-year-old Mormon author of a series of swoon-worthy novels about teen vampires has a similar “out of nowhere” story, and her book and movie sales are starting to give Harry, if not a run for his money, at least cause for concern.

Like Rowling, Meyer juggled a book and a baby—although it was in the comfort of her own home, with a hubby backing her up. Her first three books have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide, compared with Rowling’s 400 million—but Meyer’s third knocked Harry himself off the best-seller list, and the first film grossed $70 million opening weekend. So you tell us, Potter: Worried yet?

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Feb 9, 2010 2:53 AM CST
I think we can all agree Stephen King should be the mediator on this one, right? So lets see what he had to say. “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.” PWND. lol. JK creates a wonderful world of magic that you can get lost in. It has characters that you can sympathize love and hate. There are plot twists and things up her sleeve that no one would have been able to predict. Stephenie Meyer writes Bella as herself. (Seriously, look closer to her descriptions of Bella in Twilight -they're exactly descriptions of the author. Creepy much?) And worse, Meye admitted that she got this all in a dream which is not wrong or anything but it's kind of creepy. It's sort of like she's documenting and selling her se life. And her writing is just atrocious. I dont need to know a billion time that Edwards eyes were golden glowing orbs. Especially if you use stupid synonyms. (I bet she just right clicked on Word and looked up the synonyms.) It's a decent bit of work I suppose, but it definitely needs a whole lot more practice and editing. Heck, I know better fan fic writers than her! Perhaps a few more years of practice and a decent plot. And as for the mobs of both sides. Harry Potter mobs are cute and nerdy. We dont grow in mobs stalking Hot Topics like Twilight fans. Nor are we 'Twilight moms'. Yes old people read Harry Potter, but for the magic, not for the 'cute sexy pale dead guy'
May 29, 2009 11:22 PM CDT
How can they be compared.... J,K is a terrific writter, and a good person. Stephenie Meyers, has a terrible writting style, is a *@(!# with people that aren't all "lovey-dovey" about her books, she's an allodoxaallodoxaphobic who's head is the size of mars(figurativly speaking.) The "Twilight" series, is trash, for many reasons, for the poorly developed characters, to the immoral values passed along in her books. Honestly, the two are one compleatly different levels. The only reason that i can see why she(and her series) get any praise is because it's aimed at a early teens fan base by makeing vampires all "cute&cuddly&sparkely" so that the 13-year-old girls that read it aren't too scared to go to bed. And while it gets the attention of an older audience only because the young girls are all "gaga" about it, my opinion is that SMeyers and the Twilight series are vastly over-rated.