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Stephen King Calls Twilight “Tweenager Porn,” Slams Hunger Games, Fifty Shades

Stephen King has some harsh words for two of the biggest young adult franchises in recent history, slamming both the Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games series in a new interview. Speaking to The Guardian to promote his new novel Doctor Sleep, a sequel to his hit The Shining, the acclaimed author is asked for his thoughts on Twilight and whether the series rivals any of his horror hits. “I agree with Abra’s teacher friend [in Doctor Sleep] who calls Twilight and books like it tweenager porn,” King says. “They’re really not about vampires and werewolves. They’re about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good.” The novelist goes on, “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.” The series, in which kids fight to the death in an annual televised event, actually seemed very familiar to him. “It’s not unlike [my book] The Running Man, which is about a game where people are actually killed and people are watching: a satire on reality TV,” says King. He also notes, “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.”

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