My name is Mark Henriksen. I am a student at Roskilde University in Denmark. I am writing to you because I hope you will be able to help me. At the moment I'm writing a project on the question; ”what defines a success?” based on the Harry Potter series and the Twilight saga, as they both undeniably are enormous successes.

In my research I came across an article from The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/feb/05/stephenking-fiction), where Stephen King says following while comparing the authors of the the Twilight saga and the Harry Potter series:

'King compared the Mormon author to JK Rowling, saying that both authors were "speaking directly to young people". "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," he told an interviewer from USA Weekend.'

This is where my interest was awoken! This doesn't really make sense. Both of the authors have undeniably created gigantic successes, then, how-come the one is being praised and the other is being so harshly criticised? I can only agree, that JK Rowling is a great writer. I have read her books and I think they are great. But, I have not got any clear idea on the Twilight saga. I know that King's opinion cannot be the only one about the Twilight saga, and this is why I am contacting you! I hope that you could describe for me, why you are a fan of Twilight – what is it, in other words, that makes Twilight worth reading.

I am writing to you in my own lack of knowledge, and I hope that your answer will help me to a better understanding of the Twilight phenomenon, and help me to understand what King clearly has not understood; what makes Twilight the success it is.

I hope that you will answer my question either here in the discussion, or, if you would agree on it, that I could make an interview with you on Skype.

I hope to hear from you soon


Mark Henriksen

Roskilde University

Mail: mhhm@ruc.dk

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