...or maybe I should say "GRUMBLINGS."
*grumble grumble grumble*
So I witnessed a Twitter "argument" between two writers. And it was nothing new, I'd seen similar ones played out before, lots of times.
I call it: JK versus Stephanie. Or: Exult JK, bash Stephanie.
And I'm sick of it.
These two authors are pitted against one another because they're both mega best-sellers. And probably because their audience overlaps a bit.
Here's what readers know(AKA the general public): Both authors are compelling story tellers who have built up a tremendous following. JK's world-building gets more brilliant with each book. Fans are captivated by the theme of good versus evil. Stephanie knows how to keep her readers in some major romantic suspense. Fans swoon over the concept of forbidden love.
Here's what the writing community "knows" and grumbles about (because it's our craft and we pour over every word): Stephanie uses too many adjective and similar descriptive phrases throughout the TWILIGHT series. Some writers hate that Bella is *waiting on a boy* and can come off sounding whiny. JK's use of adverbs is astronomical in the HARRY POTTER series. Harry is an ordinary wizard who comes through all of his adventures with Voldemort "unscathed" (and wouldn't last without help from Hermione and Ron).
I say, big whoop di whoop, bullocks, get over it, enough already! Can't we all just get along?
Here's what *I* know: They are both to be applauded. GOOD FOR THEM! They made loads of kids and adults READ! Period. End of Story.
Isn't that what we want, as writers--for people to read our books, remember our names (or book titles or story-line) and come back for more?
So please: let's make room for new stories and new authors and stop beating this dead horse already! Okay? Okay.
HAVE A GOOD MONDAY!