Friday, February 6, 2009

Can't write worth a darn.

I saw this article this week and thought it was really interesting about different authors and their representations of women and horror. I thinking about maybe writing some kind of paper on women in horror and different views of them and this article really caught my attention. One author King, has been writing female characters for years and Meyer just a more recent author. Both successful for different reasons i think, and King has hit it right on the head.

Stephen King's opinion may drive a stake through the heart of "Twilight" author, Stephenie Meyer.
In an interview with USA Weekend, the bestselling author compared Meyer with J.K. Rowling , the author of the Harry Potter series.
According to Stephen, "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."
While Stephen may not be a fan of Stephenie's writing, he understands the appeal of the series.
"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. It's exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because it's not overtly sexual."
He further explains, "A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that's a shorthand for all the feelings that they're not ready to deal with yet."

It makes me wonder recently with this rash of fandom that Meyers is enjoying, what men really think about Meyers writing and what Women really think of Kings writing.If you compare Kings Vampire novels and short stories and Meyers Twilight series, i'm intrigued by the success of both. King Started writing in the 60's with short stories and then Salems lot was published around 1975 when all this Political and social change was going on.

The biggest thought in my head was what if King had written Salems Lot after the millenium and what if meyers (I know she is considerably younger) had written Twilight in the 70's. What differences would there be. Would either of them be affected differenlty and in turn change their books by the times and climates they lived in.
Just something that was going through my head this week.

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