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Only a bestseller author who's written some of the scariest tales put to paper is brave enough to come out swinging against "Twilight" and its ilk.

In an interview with The Guardian last week, Stephen King said that he read "Twilight," "The Hunger Games," and "Fifty Shades of Grey" out of curiosity -- and he was far from impressed.

"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." (Plenty of people also put "The Hunger Games" on blast because of its similarities to the popular Japanese series "Battle Royale.")

King also snagged a copy of that infamous "Twilight" fanfic and was equally underwhelmed. "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." As for "Twilight," he referred to it as "tweenager porn."

Although vampires and other supernatural beings are the bread and butter of YA novels right now, King dismisses claims that it's doing anything special for the horror genre. "I can't think of any books right now that would be comparable to 'The Exorcist,'" he said.

"Doctor Sleep," King's sequel to "The Shining," is on shelves now. Chances are it will give "The Exorcist" a run for its terrifying money.

[via The Guardian]



Doctor Sleep by Stephen King