Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Okay, I have to admit that I REALLY HATE when authors do this (see link to article)...when they discredit another writer and say that they are crap. If you haven't heard, Stephen King said in a recent interview that Stephenie Meyer was a bad writer. Now I'm not going to say "yea" or "nay" on that, but will say, as I've always admitted, that there are writers who are good STORYTELLERS (and yes, I think even King falls in this category), and authors who are talented writers (and let's be honest...sometimes they don't tell very interesting stories). I think there is a viable place for both types of authors, and can't stand it especially when we bash popular authors that have actually gotten my students to READ!!! Publishing is tough anyway, so why condemn an author who found an audience and was able to reach a whole new reading audience.? Thank goodness for the J.K. Rowlings, Stephenie Meyers, and even Stephen Kings for reaching out to my students, and giving them a reading experience that they seek after again. And no...I still don't like most "Christian" fiction, but I definitely don't bash it publicly, because if it speaks to someone and gets them to read, then I'm all good!