I just finished the second Twilight book, and coincidentally Nathan Bransford has an interesting debate going on regarding some alleged trash talk Stephen King did about Stephenie Meyer. Kiersten posted about it a couple of days ago.
Not going to weigh in with my own Russian-novel-length thoughts on this debate (don't want to be labeled a "hater" by SM's rabid fans) except to say that King is for the most part absolutely right. I don't think Stephenie Meyer is a great writer. Period. Go ahead and hate me, talk about how it's only her first series of books, how she never claimed to be a great writer and/or better and/or similar to J.K. Rowling. But she does tell a compelling story. And as much as I truly hate Bella (I know, I know) I read New Moon to the end because I had to find out what happened to her. I'll probably read the others, too.
There's room in the world (and on bookstore shelves) for all kinds of books because most people feel like reading different books at different times. Sometimes I just want mindless entertainment and I don't care if it doesn't give me any insight into the human experience or make me a more well-rounded person or whatever. Hence the Twilight books.
Meyer came up with the idea, wrote her books and millions of people fell in love with them (including every teen girl I know..seriously, girls at my church can quote passages from her books). She absolutely deserves her success.
(This does not mean I'm not totally willing to rant [in person, not on blog] about her cringe-worthy writing, made-up verbs like "ghosting", intensly repetitive facial descriptions, overuse of words like "snarl" and how Bella is the worst teen role model ever. Because I am.)
But, true or not, Kings comments were a little bit hateful. I get it. If somone like Stephen King were ripping into my beloved J.K. Rowling (who I will heart forever) I'd be totally angry and have no problem ranting about how lame he is.