Author: Stephenie Meyer (Click to learn more about this author)
Who Should Read It: Teenage girls. Older women. Guys with a soft spot. Those people may not seem to have a whole lot in common, but I’ve known all of the above to become obsessed with these books.
Best Part About The Book: The fast-paced action storyline
What’s Missing: In-depth characters
Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Some people would probably drive a stake through me for saying this. But I don’t think that Stephenie Meyer is a good writer.
Now let me clarify that. I still think people should read her books. She’s an icon right now. I mean she’s sort of just came from nowhere, and now there’s no way she’s leaving the national stage. She’s been in Time Magazine, she’s got people dressed up as her characters. She’s been compared to J.K. Rowling. It’s kind of fascinating anyhow, this Mormon housewife who writes such sizzling love stories that teenaged girls and married women alike are getting breathless when they read about Edward, that sexy character who happens to be a vampire.
What I mean when I say she’s not a good writer is that I just can’t like the main character. I don’t see what’s so great about her, and Meyer doesn’t put too much effort into convincing me why I should. Usually if I don’t like the protagonist, I don’t like the book. Period. Character development in a novel is almost as important as in a screenplay. But–and here’s a big but–what she can do is fast-paced action. People who don’t usually read are drawn into these books because they are page turners and so Meyer can be called a talent for that fact. I expect bigger, better things from her down the road.