I agree with Stephen: Stephanie Meyer can’t write.

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.”

2 thoughts on “I agree with Stephen: Stephanie Meyer can’t write.

  1. Stephen King vs Stephanie Meyer
    I have to admit to being a Stephen King fan. My personal library contains many of his books. I have defended Mr. King when literate people put him down in my presence.
    I have not read Stephanie Meyer’s books, nor do I intend to in the future. I also don’t read Harlequin romance novels either. I can’t speak to the question of whether they are well-written or not.
    All that being said, I have to criticize Stephen King for his hypocrisy. As heralded as he is, he has written some stinkers. Does he remember “The Cell”, or “Desperation?”
    You are welcome to visit my blogs, http://www.redhenassociation.com under the heading Chicken Scratchings or http://www.billprintbroker.com.

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  2. Stephen King vs Stephanie Meyer
    I have to admit to being a Stephen King fan. My personal library contains many of his books. I have defended Mr. King when literate people put him down in my presence.
    I have not read Stephanie Meyer’s books, nor do I intend to in the future. I also don’t read Harlequin romance novels either. I can’t speak to the question of whether they are well-written or not.
    All that being said, I have to criticize Stephen King for his hypocrisy. As heralded as he is, he has written some stinkers. Does he remember “The Cell”, or “Desperation?”
    You are welcome to visit my blogs, http://www.redhenassociation.com under the heading Chicken Scratchings or http://www.billprintbroker.com.

    Like

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