Wednesday, February 4, 2009

And So Stephen Disses Stephenie

Bet you can guess which ones I'm talking about :P

This was...interesting.

But not enough to make me forget the whole let's-kick-the-YA-genre-while-reviewing-one-of-its-books debacle back in 2008 in EW.

(Via Kelly Parra)

21 comments:

Diana Dang said...

That is a slap in a face for her. Darn, I wish the article is longer...

Reader Rabbit said...

Haha, poor Stephenie Meyer. Ouch!
Can't say it's not true though.

Miss.BookWorm said...

Im right there with you Diana, cold ass slap in the face o.o. It is true, she cant write but her stories do have an appealing, bravo SK.

Vicky said...

I'll admit that Steph has some issues in her writing because of the lack of time spent in workshops and classes specializing in literature, but if her stories are this amazing, who gives? Every writer has issues. Get over it.

stargirlreads said...

Gosh thats mean...

Genevieve said...

Ah, I saw this article on Yahoo news and made my own blog post. I do agree with Stephen though, her writing really isn't that great. I wonder how that statement from him will affect the fandom, if it does at all.

Adele said...

He's spot on the money. She's a storyteller and not a writer. I was fully conscious of the amount of cliches and clunky dialogue all over the place in her books but I enjoyed them nevertheless.
I think the movie demonstrated even more how bad some of the dialogue was. The parts that were word exact from the book translated horribly as they weren't well written or natural.

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

I thought his assessment of why her books are so popular was intriguing. I don't know that I agree with him, but it's an interesting point to ponder.

Anonymous said...

I'd agree that she isn't a particularly good writer; her strengths lie elsewhere. But it's not like I think Stephen King is particularly amazing either. I mean, if I get insulted by Stephen King I'm not going to take it very seriously.

Taren said...

That was like a hug from Jesus!

I mean it wasn't like I didn't already know she wasn't a good writer (I have eyes and a brain), but the fact that it comes from one of the most prolific writers of the 20th and 21st centuries makes it so much better! Stephen King might not be the best writer ever (but who is, really?), but at least he can write a book without reiterating the same points over and over again like his audience was too stupid to remember them.

Lenore said...

I haven't read any of her books, but the excerpts I've seen have been clunkers (pillow biting? Really?!).

Anonymous said...

I so agree with Stephen. Her writing is not good, the plot is intriguing but her writing and vocab skills (too much description on his freakin perfection every paragraph!) doesn't measure up to it so the plot in equal to her writing also fails (since it's just about mushy and corny lines). (I have read the first three and didnt like it :p)

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Beth F said...

Thanks for posting this. I had missed the King assessment. Now I'm enjoying the conversation here.

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Marie said...

Woah!!! Thanks for posting this!

Kelly said...

And that's reason 3,406 why I love Stephen King. :)

I've read the Twilight books and I enjoy them, but Stephenie Meyer is not the great writer of our times.

I didn't hear about the YA slamming, but I know that he's raved about Hunger Games.

jonathan Bernstein said...

He's not wrong but, having said that, there's NOTHING worse-written than Stephen King's Entertainment Weekly column...

Anonymous said...

Woah. Kind of unprofessional. I mean, your opinion is your opinion, but show a little tact and professional consideration.

Ann-Kat said...

Technically, Stephenie *can* write, she just cannot write well. OK, technicalities aside, I understand and agree with what Stephen said.

I read the entire Twilight saga and was drawn into the *story* like almost everyone else was, but I was all too aware of the typographical & grammatical errors and cliches swimming through it.

On straight skill, JK would win hands down. On fan base, I'd say they're tied and I believe that's where all the comparisons are coming from.

Now, when you think about it, Stephenie has garnered a huge following due to her amazing storytelling abilities...one can only wonder what kind of powerhouse she'll become if she polishes her writing and prose. I'd *love* to see that.

Ann-Kat said...

For those who wish to read the rest of his quote and his theory on why SM was successful, I found it at USAWeekend (in case it gets pushed off the front page):
http://blogs.usaweekend.com/whos_news/2009/02/exclusive-steph.html

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