Most aspiring ‘romantic’ writers sigh wistfully at the mention of Stephenie Meyers’ name. If only it had been them …
Meyer, author of the TWILIGHT series of romantic vampire books, is one of those extraordinarily fortunate authors who has ‘caught a wave’ with her idea – an idea that she claims came to her in a dream.
The latest movie installment based on her books - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – is scheduled to hit movie theatres on November 16th.
This extended featurette video preview shows footage from the movie, and has interviews with director Bill Condon, cast members Kristin Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene, and Taylor Lautner:
Other Writers Complain About The Writing Quality In Twilight, But It Proves A Very Important Point…
The fact is, you really don’t have to write that well in genre fiction to achieve such extraordinary success.
You simply have to write the right book by having a story that resonates, characters with whom the readers can empathise, and a rich emotional core. The key point is that it must strike a chord with the intended audience. The aim from a career perspective is of course to aim for excellence in writing, but as Twilight clearly demonstrates, it’s the idea and the story that hits the ball out of the park.
This point is echoed by none other than horror writer Stephen King. When comparing Meyer to J. K. Rowling, King stated,
“The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer, and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”
But King apparently also went on to say:
“… people are attracted by the stories, by the pace and in the case of Stephenie Meyer, it’s very clear that she’s writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. It’s exciting and it’s thrilling and it’s not particularly threatening because it’s not overtly sexual.” Source: NBC News.
The Twilight Books Have Another Crucial Advantage – ‘SERIES’
The other huge advantage Meyer has is that she wrote a series of books, not a one off. The same applies with J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books, and other massively successful authors, including E.L. James with her ’50 Shades Of Grey’ series.
To repeat what I wrote about ‘series’ in an earlier post: Of all the things I’ve encountered in the ‘book business’ that lead to success, this is the factor that tops them all – a series is the most effective product strategy a fiction writer can employ. Slam dunk, game over.
There’s no question that sales of a book series will far outstrip the sales of a sequence of unrelated one-off books. Not only that, a book series is more attractive to publishers, is easier (and more fun) to promote, and has a much greater chance of being turned into a blockbuster movie or a TV show.
What do you think? Are you a closet ‘Twihard’? Do you have a book series that you think could be made into movies? Do leave a comment below.
Article written by Jonathan Gunson
Author / CEO Bestseller Labs
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