The comment was made in a Feb. 2009 USA Weekend article by Stephen King:
“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.”
If you have not actually read the books (by either author), please don’t comment. If you don’t remember or care about what you learned in English class throughout school, please don’t comment. King is referring to the craft and art of writing. These include things, like basic grammar, and how to structure a sentence. And Stephanie Meyer is bad at that. She has awkward sentence structure, she uses an adjective or an adverb every third word. Even from a story point of view she’s not a very good writer. If you’re a 17-year old (and I was not too long ago), you’re going to talk differently than someone who’s older, maybe has a college degree. You’re going to have a different point of view, a different tone, even a different style of speaking. These things if done correctly, can really bring a reader into the characters world, make the story that much more relateable, easier to understand. I might have actually liked Bella a lot more if Meyer could have written her better. But then again, i guess I’m not the target audience so…..
But then again, I’m not the target audience for JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series either, and I really enjoyed those novels. Might have had something to do with the writing…..
Basically, there is a difference between telling a story and writing. She may be able to weave an entertaining yarn, but she “can’t write worth a darn.”