Disclaimer: This is a total fluff post. I apologize, but the “Twilight” phenomenon speaks true to successful (but not necessarily literary) book series of today.
Best Selling author, Stephenie Meyer may have the love and respect of teenage girls all over the world, but popular thriller writer, Stephen King has not fallen for the “Twilight” series, which tells the story of a high school girl who falls in love with a vampire that thirsts for her blood. Laugh if you feel the impulse, but Meyer is arguably the most successful writer since J.K. Rowling came out with Harry Potter.
Prolific and talented as he may be, King should be fair to Meyer, even though most college aged students can script heavier dialogue and prose. She has obviously done something right if her first novel was adapted into a full length picture, which topped the box office charts for weeks. Meyer may not be the best contemporary writer, but she was smart enough to appeal to millions of young girls all over the world.
While I was in Paris, three South African and Canadian teenagers approached me with the same question, “Do you like ‘Twilight?’ Because we’ve read all the books five times!” There were “Twilight” billboards all over France and England, and all four “Twilight” novels dominated British and French bookshelves. If she’s really feigning a writing career, Meyer definitely knows how to work the system.