"If you're not writing for teenage girls, you're missing out on a lot of love."
— Stephenie Meyer
in an interview
with Entertainment Weekly
Meyer (born 1973) is best known for writing the Twilight
saga, and has also written another book, The Host
- Author Appeal: Meyer has gone on record and stated that she's attracted to both Edward and Jacob.
- Author Avatar: Her character Bella Swan seems to be this according to her haters, although Meyer claims that she is meant to be a kind of placeholder for female readers to project themselves on.
- The Author Avatar claim is said to be supported by a strong physical resemblance... and that's pretty much it. They are indeed both white women with brown hair and brown eyes, just like 50 % of her readers. Interestingly, Bella is actually the first name she wanted to give to a daughter who was never born.
- The name "Melanie Strider" is suspiciously similar to "Stephenie Meyer," even though, as before, this character only looks a little like her.
- Author Vocabulary Calendar: Meyer seems to have a bad habit of over-using the word "chagrin" in her stories. One short story of hers uses "chagrin" and variations of the word at least three times.
- Butt Monkey: She's rather... disliked, and her works are Love It or Hate It at best.
- She's been described as "J.K. Rowling as a ninth-grade girl who dots her "i's" with hearts and flowers."
- Most of it seems to be hatred for her works and simple Irrational Hatred, since most of the awfully shocking things she is supposed to have said are nowhere to be found, be it on the internet or on her paper interviews.
- Creator Breakdown: She had one when a few chapters of her new project Midnight Sun were leaked on the internet.
- Creator Cameo: Shows up in the movie version of Twilight at a restaurant.
- She's also a guest at Bella and Edward's wedding in Breaking Dawn-Part 1.
- Dirty Old Woman: Well, she's not that old, but the fact she said that she would leave her husband for Edward, and the fact that his actor Robert Pattinson said he feels uncomfortable when she's around, may count as dirty. He's gone on record as saying he considers Stephenie Meyer to be mad, and Twilight to be a sexual fantasy that was never supposed to be published.
- Fan Nickname: Smeyer.
- Female Misogynist: She has been accused of being this, specifically the uber-housewife Type B.
- Heteronormative Crusader: She has also been accused of being this, given that she is both a Mormon housewife and a huge fan of Orson Scott Card.
- Spell My Name with an S: Extreme cases will spell her name Stephanie Meyers.
- Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Boasted that she didn't pout when there were publishers that didn't wish to publish Twilight. Subverted, in that she was only reacting to people who threw a Stealth Insult by showing them that she wasn't as much of an obsessed psycho as they thought.
Stephenie Meyer: "I will state, for the record, that my queries truly sucked, and I don't blame anyone who sent me a rejection (I did get seven or eight of those. I still have them all, too). The only rejection that really hurt was from a small agent who actually read the first chapter before she dropped the axe on me. The meanest rejection I got came after Little, Brown had picked me up for a three-book deal, so it didn't bother me at all. I'll admit that I considered sending back a copy of that rejection stapled to the write-up my deal got in Publisher's Weekly, but I took the higher road."
- Wish Fulfillment: Arguably, this is the whole purpose of the Twilight series, both for the author and for her audience. She specifically created Bella as a blank slate for a reader to project their fantasies upon, and Bella's very name was born of her wish for a daughter who would never come into being. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but, well, let's just say that there are haters for a reason.