You might have read Stephen King’s recent comment that Stephanie Meyers “can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”
On the one hand, it’s refreshing to hear him candidly voice what others might be thinking but can’t afford to say. On the other hand, it’s nice when writers support other writers, especially when they write in a similar genre.
Which leads to my main point: you probably wouldn’t hear a children’s book author say this about another children’s book author, at least not in a nationally published interview. It seems to me that children’s book writers are held to a different standard. We’re supposed to be kind, supportive, encouraging, never critical of each other’s work unless it’s in a critique group setting.
I think that a lot of people who write for young people tend naturally toward this attitude. What do you think–is there a different standard, or does this attitude come naturally to children’s book writers? Do you think this sense of community is genuine or fake, empowering or stifling?