Stephen King Hates on 'Twilight,' Stephenie Meyer

The horror-meister minced no words in an interview with USA Today: "Both ['Harry Potter' author J.K.] Rowling and ['Twilight' author Stephenie] Meyer, they're speaking directly to young people. ... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. She's not very good."

Me-YOW. But Steve-O's not done:

"[I]n the case of Stephenie Meyer, it's very clear that she's writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. It's exciting and it's thrilling and it's not particularly threatening because they're not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that's a shorthand for all the feelings that they're not ready to deal with yet."

Wonder what Mr. King would make of the moms who love the books as much as their daughters