Stephen King Calls Twilight “Tweenager Porn,” Knocks Hunger Games & 50 Shades Of Grey

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Owen Poindexter
In an interview promoting his upcoming "Doctor Sleep," Stephen King called Twilight “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."

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Stephen King has the face of someone who will tell you exactly how he feels, and his words on Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey back that up. PHOTO: StephenKing.com

Stephen King has never been one to spare anyone from his more gruesome ideas or opinions, and the latter came out in an interview with the Guardian. The interview was to promote Doctor Sleep, King’s upcoming sequel to The Shining (1977), but eventually things drifted into other topics. Asked about some of the most popular fiction of the last decade, King was less than impressed. Twilight, Stephanie Meyer’s epic trilogy about Bella, a teenager in love with a vampire (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) he called “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."

Twilight gets knocked all the time for showing what amounts to an abusive relationship in glamorous terms. But what about other recent hits with a female protagonist?

King said he read the first Hunger Games book, but like Twilight, felt no need to go on. As for 50 Shades of Grey:

"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."

It should be noted that Stephen King is a critical guy. He also had harsh words for Stanley Kubrick’s movie rendition of The Shining, which King said Kubrick turned into "a domestic tragedy with only vaguely supernatural overtones."

King’s not a pure hater, though. He had kind words for J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel after the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy:

"It's f---ing nasty. And I love it. The center of the book is a dinner party from hell and you say to yourself, 'These little people in the town of Pagford are a microcosm not just of British society, but western society as a whole, of a certain class.' The fact that she set it around this little election that nobody cares about in a s--- little town is fabulous. She's a wonderful storyteller and the writing is better than in any of the Harry Potter books, because it's sharper."

As for King himself, you can be the judge of any of 56 novels, including the next one, Doctor Sleep, which comes out on Tuesday.

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