Stephen King Hates All the Popular Books Right Now

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Stephen King's 56th book came out recently, and the folks at The Guardian asked him about some of the novels that are popular right now. He's not impressed:

"I read Twilight and didn't feel any urge to go on with her. I read The Hunger Games and didn't feel an urge to go on. It's not unlike The Running Man, which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV. 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. But a golden age of horror? I wouldn't say it is. I can't think of any books right now that would be comparable to The Exorcist."


Is it just a coincidence that all those books are by women?

King does, however, dig JK Rowling: "She's a wonderful storyteller and the writing [in The Casual Vacancy] is better than in any of the Harry Potter books, because it's sharper."

[Guardian via WSJ]



I have a close friend on the other side of the country who is also an author. She and I went to journalism school together (friends since 7th grade). Once, while I was out there visiting, her aunt-in-law asked us who our favorite authors are, given that we are both writer/editor types and have both always been voracious readers. We both named four or five writers we admired for different reasons and then the aunt noted that we had not mentioned one single female author. I feel badly about that, but my favorite writers are who they are and they all happen to be men. I completely agree with SK's assessment of these popular books.

Tell me, Jezzies. Who are you favorite female authors? Guide me to the good stuff!