Thursday, June 24, 2010
Perusing the internet and online communities, even in writer conferences, I've heard so many complaints about Stephanie Meyer's writing. I find that annoying. Of course, people have their own taste and writing and/or reading a story is very subjective, but really folks, I think she is an excellent story-teller. The woman knows how to tap into the ultimate fantasy of girls and woman the world over and that's why the book has sold so widely.
One thing I noticed in New Moon the book, that I didn't pick up on so much in Twilight, was how many times Meyers described Edward as hard and cold. She spoke of Alice, his sister in the same manner. It made me think. Essentially, she's saying Edward feels like a block of ice. Not exactly my idea of a great cuddle, but therein lies her genuis. The story (in my humble opinion) was so engaging, I was willing to suspend my logic and buy into the romance even though I know realistically, hugging a guy that is hard as marble and cold as ice is not enticing! It would be very uncomfortable and distracting--in a bad way.
I think a lot of people are jealous of her success. I heard a fairly accomplished YA author say she didn't think Stephanie had put in enough hard work. Well I say so what? If anyone becomes a huge success without having to slave away, I don't have a problem with it. It was meant to be. It was her destiny. What people have to remember is that Stephanie Meyer didn't know she was going to become Stephanie Meyer. I've heard she just wanted to earn enough money to pay off the family van. It was her sister's idea to submit the story.
At it's core, this is what I take away from all things Stephanie Meyer: if you're a writer, write the story that's in you. Don't get too caught up in trends, what's selling, trying to imitate others etc, just write the story that is in you. That story will take you where you're supposed to go. It will find its place in the market or in readers hearts--or not, but once you've written what you desire, rest in that and let it be. At least you know you were true to yourself and to the story that's burning within you. You can't have much control over anything else.
Remember, Stephanie had no clue she was about to become the Stephanie (Same thing for JK Rowling). She wasn't trying to become a bestselling author, get a movie deal--nothing. As a matter of fact, she wracked up a number of rejections before an assistant pulled her out of the slushpile. Even this shows it was her fate because she had actually gone over the accepted word count and should have been dismissed on that alone, but the assistant didn't know that and turned the story over to the agent.
I'm sure Meyer is just as blown away by the way things turned out as anyone. It was her destiny, so stop hatin' on her and write the best story you can write! Whereever that story takes you, live with it. To do anything less is just negative energy and a tremendous waste of your creative time. That is all.