Both were mothers who, around the time of their thirtieth birthday, first imagined a fantasy franchise that would bring them fame, fortune, and a loyal fanbase. This winter, both will provide Hollywood with an eagerly-anticipated blockbuster.
So, when I was interviewing "Twilight" novelist Stephenie Meyer this week for the story that just went live over on MTV.com, I had to ask: Has she ever met J.K. Rowling?
"No," the affable author revealed. "But I would love to; I would love to sit down and talk with her."
Once Meyer's first non-"Twilight" book, entitled "The Host," arrives in bookstores May 6th the comparisons might dwindle a bit. But while both continue to rule the world of teen-lit, she understands that they'll always be compared to one another.
"I can see that," she explained. "The interesting thing about the comparison is that I think you can compare my fans to her fans more easily [than me to her]. I do think that we both have people who are just really really enthusiastic, and will come miles to see you and be involved, and everybody really cares about our characters. But the ['Harry Potter' and 'Twilight'] stories are just so different."
"J.K. Rowling's audience is everybody, so that means we all have a piece of her audience," Meyer laughed. "It's terribly flattering to be compared to her, but there's never going to be another J.K. Rowling; that's a phenomenon that's not gonna happen again."
Still, Meyer insisted that if she ever did meet the "Potter" mastermind, they'd have plenty to talk about. "I'd like to hear her thoughts on her fans; I know she has this big group of people who say 'Oh no, Harry should have ended up with another girl,' and I wonder how she feels about that when they think they have a better ending than she does," the writer said sympathetically. "I'd also like to hear her thoughts on the movies, and what things about them she enjoyed, and how she feels about privacy and e-mails and fan letters and that whole experience as a popular writer."
"We have a few things in common," she laughed. "It would be fun to share that common ground."
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