Ooooh, burn, Stephen King, burn

If you’ve read “The Shining,” this is a hell of a blow. If you’ve read the unabridged “The Stand,” it’s a little relative.

In an interview with USA Weekend, bestselling horror author Stephen King compared “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer to “Harry Potter” writer J.K. Rowling.

According to 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.”

Well. He’s not wrong.

King said he gets the appeal of the sparkly wonderful Twilight 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 explained, “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.”

I hope King is ready to deal with the sparkly crazy that is the Twilight fandom…

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