Twilight Author 'Can't Write Worth a Darn': King

Horror maven gets vampire books' appeal
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 8:45 AM CST
Stephen King holds his a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Booksellers Association in Toronto on June 8, 2007.   (AP Photo/CP, Aaron Harris)
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(Newser) – Sorry, Stephenie Meyer, but Stephen King isn't among your millions of fans. The wildly successful horror author compared the wildly successful vampire author's Twilight series with JK Rowling's Harry Potter books in a recent USA Weekend interview: "The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn," King said. "She’s not very good.”

Still, he understands the appeal: "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," King said.