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I’ll be honest, I read all four of Meyer’s books simply because once I start a series, I must finish it - no matter how many brain cells I’m sure I’m going to lose in the process. There were parts I enjoyed, but they were few and far between. When they announced the movie, I seriously put my head to my desk and banged it down several dozen times because I knew the absolute hysteria the fangirls would work themselves into would probably generate enough energy, if properly harnessed, to end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.
I’m looking forward to FINALLY getting to read my mother’s massive King library (now that’s she has found it, but then regrettably had to pack it since we were moving) when they all finally come out of their boxes. Hell, I’ve enjoyed the movies that his books were made into and I’ve been told some of them were really, really
bad. I prefer horror over romance and most of the people around me do too. Of course, everyone’s tastes are subjective and I will admit to rereading the first book (it was the best of the series, I think) simply because it has a crack-ish taste to it at times.
My friends and I regularly engage in TwiHate, bash-fests simply for the sport of who can come up with the best anti-Twilight stuff each month. It’s not because I truly hate the books or Meyer in anyway; it’s because I think they send the wrong message to girls and because honestly, the writing is kind of bad. When (heaven forbid!) Twilight
is put in the same ring as any of the Harry Potter
series, I visibly cringe because they are not in anyway on the same level in terms of plot depth, involvement in the character’s lives, and literary skill.
However, Meyer has written series of books that has gotten millions of teens and preteens that may not have ever read anything other than the back of a cereal box in their entire lives, to actually pick up a book on their own steam and read it because they want to. Therefore, we must take into consideration that the reason the books are so simply written is because she wrote them that way for the explicit purpose of creating easily comprehended books so teens whose reading skills are perhaps lacking would be able to understand them and enjoy them with little trouble. As I have not seen another example of her writing (other than The Host
, which I haven’t read yet.) to compare for her true quality and skill level, I am unable to make a proper assessment.
So to get to the point of my very, very
long comment, I agree with the idea of what King said, but not in the way he said it. I very much enjoy the fact that he has publically
called her out on the quality of her writing and has compared her so-called “literary works of art” to Rowling’s beloved masterpieces.
Think about it, whose books do you think we’ll all still be reading in twenty years?