Stephen King is not one to shy away from expressing his opinion on popular fiction, and in a recent interview with The Guardian, the 65-year-old author weighed in on the likes of “Twilight,” “50 Shades of Grey” and “The Hunger Games.”
Of the “Twilight” franchise, King said, “I agree with Abra’s teacher friend [in Doctor Sleep] who calls Twilight and books like it 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.”
And what of “The Hunger Games” and “50 Shades of Grey”? Says King: “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.”
Read more from Stephen King’s interview here.