Stephen King disses Stephenie Meyer

by DaniGirl on February 21, 2009 · 2 comments

in Books

Y’all know I pretty much worship the pages Stephen King writes upon. And I’ll admit that I got pretty well sucked in by the first book of the Twilight series, while gradually losing my enthusiasm through the next three. But I found the idea of a Stephen King smackdown of Stephenie Meyer particularly delicious. Apparently he loves JK Rowling and thinks “Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” To date, Meyer has not responded. I hope she does, though. It’d make for some great literary spectating!

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1 Barbara February 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

You never said why you stopped loving the series. I read it all in a week (can you tell *I* don’t have a wee one – or 3 in total – like you?) but I had to keep telling myself not to think too much about the fact that Edward was really 100 years older than Bella (Yuck!) or that he was classic psychologically abusive in the way that he wanted to protect/control her? (I had a boyfriend like that for way too long.) When I wasn’t thinking too deeply, I enjoyed the books. They were compelling but when I thought … I wouldn’t want Reid to hook up with a guy like Edward.

2 DaniGirl February 23, 2009 at 9:04 am

Yeah – Edward was a bit of a complex character for me. My inner 14 year old swooned at him in the first book, but by the end of the series I couldn’t stand him. Moody, controlling, temper issues — sounds way too much like my ex-husband!!

** spoiler alert!!! **

I think the first book hooked me deeply because it was unusual, because it appealed to my inner 14 year old, and because it was a page-turning good story. But as the story progressed, Bella didn’t grow at all, and neither did Edward. You might argue Jacob did, but the whole “imprinted” thing in the fourth book was nothing less than creepy.

As the series went on, I started having to work too hard to suspend my disbelief. I think the story started to turn sour for me when she came out with the whole vampires sparkling in the sun bit. WTF??? And the whole idea of the Cullens trying to pass themselves off as normal teens in the high school… why would they do that? Wouldn’t it make more sense if they positioned themselves as just post-grad, so they didn’t have to move every four years? Or even homeschooled? I couldn’t grasp that part.

And then the pregnancy bit was nothing less than a farce and a ridiculous plot turn, IMHO. I started actively disliking Bella at that point. I thought the parts written from Jacob’s perspective were purely awful writing and were painful to read. I was a big Jacob fan until that point, but her writing of his perspective dumbed him down so much that I was actually quite relieved when it switched back to Bella’s perspective. While I’d started losing enthusiasm for the books as the series progressed (I read the first book in three days, the next two in a couple of weeks, and it took me almost a month to finish the last one), the fourth book and pregnancy/baby half-breed plot twist turned me off the whole series.

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