Stephen King has made his disdain for the recent crop of young adult fiction clear in the past, and he’s once again talking about it. While promoting his new novel Doctor Sleep, he speaks to the Guardian and slams Twilight, The Hunger Games, and Fifty Shades of Grey.
When discussing Twilight, he’s not shy about his criticisms, and just lets it loose. He clearly feels insulted when asked if he could compare Twilight to any of his horror hits and says, “I agree with Abra’s teacher friend [in Doctor Sleep] who calls Twilight and books like it tweenager porn. They’re really not about vampires and werewolves. They’re about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good. I read Twilight and didn’t feel any urge to go on with her.”
He also says he didn’t feel the urge to continue The Hunger Games either, but he says that’s more because of its similarities to his own book, The Running Man. He explains, “I read The Hunger Games and didn’t feel an urge to go on. It’s not unlike [my book] The Running Man, which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV.”
However, this is in direct contradiction to King’s own words in the past, where he reviewed The Hunger Games for Entertainment Weekly, saying, “A violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense. I couldn’t stop reading.” So why is he lying? Maybe he’s just trying to cause controversy, or maybe he’s just trying to build buzz. Even millionaire authors are not above trying to build buzz for their new books.
Despite his comments on Twilight and the Hunger Games, his comments on Fifty Shades of Grey are actually the most telling. He says, “I read Fifty Shades Of Grey and felt no urge to go on. They call it mommy porn, but it’s not really mommy porn. It is highly charged, sexually driven fiction for women who are, say, between 18 and 25.” I guess he hasn’t seen the target audience for these books then, most of whom are women well past their 30s.
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Editor’s Note: King is a self-admitted alcoholic and cocaine addict whose literary value sums to a big fat zero – STFU Stephen King. You are just bitter that your time in the spotlight is over – your decline in popularity is LONG OVERDUE. And don’t bother using the specious argument, ‘but King has sold more books than….’ Just because a million flies eat sh*t doesn’t mean intelligent people do, right?