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Another Win For Edward Cullen Over Harry Potter

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The victory actually belongs to Stephenie Meyer, the mastermind behind the Twilight series and the person who can take pride of beating out Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling.

While Rowling can boast she sold more books (143 million vs 40 million), Stephenie's epic vampire love tale has held its own on the USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list longer than any other author, including Rowling.

As of this week, the four books making up the Twilight Saga are numbers 4, 5, 6 and 7 on the list. They've held the first four spots a total of 13 weeks in the past year and have remained in the Top Ten for 52 consecutive weeks. That beats Rowling by a long shot, as her first four novels were top 10 for only 13 consecutive weeks!

Furthermore, with the second novel, New Moon, premiering in November and the holiday season rapidly approaching, there doesn't seem to be an end in sight for the Twilight Saga's popularity.

Course, Stephenie could help her numbers along if she wrote another book in the series. Rowling wrote seven.

C'mon - you know you want to! Rack in on that vampire blood money! Please!

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147 comments to “Another Win For Edward Cullen Over Harry Potter”

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  1. 1

    man…you're an idiot

  2. 2

    I hope she writes more. There is plent of material left to write about. I really hope she releases Midnight Sun soon.

  3. 3

    Well Rowling can brag that she actually wrote a good book instead of that shitfest known as Twilight!

  4. 4

    1st :P

  5. 5

    am i the only one nauseated by this kind of success? how can everyone be sucked into such shitty writing? i picked up a copy of twilight at borders the other day, and i couldn't even make it past the first page. seriously, it was laughable. hmmm. you all got worked over.

  6. 6

    Stop comparing the books already! They aren't on the same level, they aren't about the same thing and regardless of the sales figures, Harry Potter will always be infinitely better!

  7. 7

    twilight is for brain dead idiots. harry potter forever!

  8. 8


    It's laughable to even compare Twilight's success with the success of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling has a few things Meyer does not: staying power, intellect, and talent.

    Please stop trying to make it look like Twilight is beating Harry Potter! There is no competition!

  9. 9

    i want more too. please release the one that you've posted online steph

  10. 10

    woot! i love stephanie this is so exciting!

  11. 11

    This is just WRONG!!!! WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! I'm a huge twilight but come off it the Harry Potter books are just SOOOOO much better!! USA Today readers or whoeva, U shud B ashamed!!

  12. 12

    u forgot to mention that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is #2 on the list ("

  13. 13

    That shit excuse for an author will never have the longevity or self respect jk rowling has. Anybody with an ounce of intelligence knows Harry Potter is better than Twatlight.

  14. 14

    Yes, please Stephenie write another Twilight books with the same characters. Or at least finish 'Midnight Sun'. Puuuleeeze!!!!

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  16. 16

    the only reason why harry potter stayed on top ten list shorter was because everyone wanted to buy the books immedietly after release. I like both books, but stephenie meyer is definitly a worse author than jk rowling-who can actually storytell

  17. 17

    Not sure if this is a way to measure a book's merit. By this measure, "Rainbow Six" has a "win" over "Return of the Native."

  18. 18

    Why does it matter, JK is a millioniare and probably has much more money then Meyer. I sure as hell wouldn't care…

  19. Clue says – reply to this


    The books are awesome. The Twilight movie sucks, but Rob Pattinson is HOT! Thank you Stephenie Meyer for Rob Pattz!

  20. 20

    ugh twilight sucks. IT'S SO HORRIBLY WRITTEN!
    harry potter>twilight
    get over it, fanpires.

  21. 21

    harry potter will always be my great love. twilight is a good second though, veryyyy close.

  22. 22

    twilights sales in books and box office do not even touch harry potters so how is this a success? anyone with half a brain realises harry poter is a million times better than twilight (characters, plots, secondary storylines, imagination etc etc. etc.), it is an insult to compare them

  23. 23

    Re: suckonthat5 – thank you!

  24. 24

    How's this compare to your book lardass?

  25. 25

    There are so many H.P. fans, but honestly I couldn't get through the first 10 pages of the first book - boring. The Twilight books may have some typos, but the stories are infinitely more interesting than the Harry Potter stories, which are largely about inanimate objects coming to life, and people either being good or evil.

  26. 26

    Oh my … how does this happen? I tried reading a twilight book, but its filled with so much complaining that it hurts. I compare Meyers writing style to Dan Brown- both of them write in black and white and dumb down even the simplest of phrases so the reader doesn't have to think too hard when they read.
    On the other hand, the HP series are brilliantly written. There is a history behind all the buildings and street names. Not to mention how creative Rowling was when it came to naming all of the potions and spells.
    This 'competition' that Meyer is boasting about reminds me of high school. Just because you are popular, doesn't mean everybody likes you, Stephanie!

  27. 27

    Re: pompom1 – Good point, I neva thought of it lik that!!

  28. 28

    if meyer would just quit pissing and moaning over her creativity being violated with the leaking of midnight sun and just freakin' FINISH IT, she'd stay on top even longer!

  29. 29

    by the way, check your numbers, the harry potter series has sold over 400 million compared to twilight sagas 53 million according to wikipedia so the number speak for themselves, harry potter will go down in history, in 10 years no one will remember twilight

  30. 30

    The only reason people are comparing them is because they were written by women. And women can't be on the top together right? They have to be in competition. I never hear anyone pitting Stephen King against Dan Brown.

    I like both books.

  31. 31

    They're both really successful and I would give anything to be as rich as either.

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  33. 33

    people only like it because of r-patz. if they put some other guy in there it wouldnt have done nearly as good, and just remember that twilight only got popular because of the movie, harry potter was popular before the movie came out.
    twilights for pre-teens who have nothing better to do than dream of a vampire who sparkles sweeping them off their feet. not gonna happen.
    twilight sucks, get over it. in 5 years no one will remember it.

  34. 34

    I'd love for Stephanie to write more…perhaps continue the saga on from Jacobs point of view as he falls in love with Nessie.

    Btw have you read the books Perezzle?? Seems like you have!

  35. 35

    Please the Harry Potter series, is so much better! J.K Rowling makes it all seem so real, and it actually has an amazing story line, compared to what, two 'tortured' souls? Or a damed tortured soul, and a human soul? Hmm not really sure and I don't really care. I read the first Twilight book and it sucked it was a total drag, and I read Harry Potter now I'm hooked. The only reason for this is the stupid obessed fans who don't know what a good book is. I can't stand to think that the Twilight saga is labeled under this! Come on, after all of literature this is considered good!? I'm not saying J.K Rowling is a god (but to me she is pretty close in my book ^^) but come on people…really? This makes me sad for my generation…

    Looks like I'll be attacked soon by insane Twilight fans :) -Bye.

  36. 36

    And Harry is way hotter than Edward, he looks like he got hit with a frying pan!

  37. 37

    The fact that people keep saying Twilight is a literary achievement near that of Harry Potter makes me realize what a sad world we're in.

    Yes, Twilight can be entertaining to people (hello people who want their own Edward Cullen that can treat them like crap) and as entertainment there will be a market for it, but Stephenie Meyer holds nothing against JK Rowling : /

  38. 38

    She's a hack. I seriously believe that my 7 yr old could write a better series.

  39. 39

    no matter what is more popular, the harry potter series is MUCH more well written.

  40. 40

    Ha….. Twilight series is better.

  41. 41

    Don't encourage trash, people. There is nothing artistic, innovative or even good about the Twilight series. Anyone who considers these books good needs to go read something for adults for once.

  42. 42

    the fourth book is such a ridiculous story that there isn't much she could write that would be interesting.

  43. 43

    i think there both great so it doesnt matter what spot stephanie or j.k is in they both rock for writing such great books =D

  44. 44

    i doesn't cares how much money they earned…
    i hope stephenie will write more books, but if not, it's okay. the story between bella and edward has finished: they're forever together!

  45. 45

    Just remember…10% of Meyer's $$$ goes to the Mormon Church. The more successful she is, the more $$$ Mormon's have to push agendas like Prop 8. I'm just sayin'…

  46. 46

    FINISH MIDNIGHT SUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and then make it into a movie so we can have a proper do-over of Twilight. LOL

  47. 47

    Ugh. I'm so disillusioned when I hear the Twilight books being called "good" and moreso when they're compared to the Harry Potter series. Clearly the only thing Twilight has going for it is Meyer's uncanny ability to make pre-teen and teenage girls fantasize and squeal with feverish delight. Don't get me wrong…I'm sure that's a great skill. But squeal-inducing ability does not a good author make. RPatz is hot for sure, but that doesn't eclipse (haha, get it?) the fact that Twilight is smut for adolescent girls.

  48. 48

    Oh, please Okay the Twilight book was okay and so was New Moon. But I hated Breaking Dawn! Harry Potter is wayyyyy better!!!!!

  49. 49

    i read both… Harry Potter kicks twilights ass. meyer cannot write for shit.

  50. midi says – reply to this


    depression is attractive.

  51. 51

    Twilight is shit.
    Harry Potter is brilliant.
    End Of.

  52. 52

    Yes, WRITE MORE! Please?
    I loooooove the books with a big L, O, V and E.

  53. 53

    twilight was written by a woman with the intelligence of a 14yr old girl. please stop comparing her with a REAL writer.

  54. 54

    To those people who say that they couldn't get past the first ten pages of HP:

    You've just made yourself look even stupider- of course beginnings are slightly tedious, do you expect a climax at the beginning??? The beginning is slightly boring, I'll admit, but the story EVOLVES and GROWS from that point, unlike Twilight in which if you cut out all of Bella's whining, her long descriptions of Edward (now THAT'S boring; you can only use) and the unimportant events that don't contribute to the poor excuse of a climax SM wrote, you have a good twenty pages of…something.

    It definitely isn’t a story.

    Also, there is no plot. As soon as Bella and Edward get together, the story is basically over, SM only wrote more and people keep reading is that as they read, they picture themselves as Bella. THERE IS NO PLOT.

    In HP, you have a good plot; you have events that contribute to the overall climax, real characters and good humor. You can’t fight the hard, cold FACT that HP is written so much better because he have evidence while Twi-hards’ only defense is that Edward Cullen is soooo hawt and that it’s fiction and people shouldn’t take it seriously. Uh, it maybe fiction but you can’t fake PEOPLE because you have PEOPLE reading the effing story.

  55. 55

    You WOULD like Twilight over Harry Potter, Perez…..Harry Potter is full of complex, intelligent, powerful, and strong female characters, where as Twilight's main plot point, the relationship between Edward and Bella, is co-dependent, needy, and abusive. What is your issue with women who don't need a man to feel good about themselves? Ginny, Luna, Hermione, Molly Weasley, Professor McGonagall, Tonks…..none of these women would put up with Edward's shit, they'd just curse his sparkly vampire ass.

  56. 56

    so the fuck what, big deal, people are only buying it to see what all the fuss is about.
    HArry potter is miles better, don't you worry JK!!

  57. 57

    There is no way in hell Twilight even comes close to awesomeness of Harry Potter! Stephenie Meyer is a shit author and the series was so badly written it was physically painful to get through. The basic plot (vampire+human fall in love, overcome shit etc) has all been done before and the fact that she made her two main characters so unlikeable was irritating. J.K is infinitely better and her books will always be remembered!! After all the Twilight movies have been made nobody is gonna care anymore. J.K FTW!!

  58. 58

    i love twilight and harry potter but i have to say harry potter is the better written book. also the first book of HP1 was published in 1997 and HP7 ten years later, if the twilight series had the same publishing rate it would not have the same popularity b/c people would lose interest in it. Lets face it Twilight is only popular b/c the books were published within quick succession of each other and they are interesting enough were you will pick up the next book. Also psycho girls read them b/c they think Rob is Edward and Edward is going to marry them…

  59. 59

    I'm dying for another book!!!

  60. 60

    why so many people would buy those shallow books, i'll never know. eurgh

  61. 61

    two words: midnight sun!!

    but… as much as I enjoyed these books, they were a guilty pleasure at best, and I will be the FIRST to admit that they're terribly written and nothing more than tween trashy romance novels. So it's a bit of a shame that she's beaten someone as classy as Rowling.

  62. 62

    Okay first of all- USA Today? Please. JK Rowling has more talent than Meyer could ever dream of. The Harry Potter Series has been translated into 67 languages and sold millions upon millions of copies. Twilight is basically a joke when you are analyzing the literary quality. Sure Perez, Rob Patz is hot, but thats all they have going for them in my mind.

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  64. 64

    ok, twilight is entertaining… but HP is a master piece!!! great story line, strong characters and it's perfectly written, facts that 10000 silly 14 year old girls who have wet dreams about a vampire who sparkles can not appreciate.

  65. 65

    i would def buy a 4th…or 5th… book.

    and yes, midnight sun!!!

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  67. 67

    Re: steffffx – I'm sorry, but what? I think you're a bit mixed up… The books were most definitely popular before Robert Pattinson signed on to do the movie. They weren't as big as HP, but they were definitely still really big in certain circles. Not to mention they made the movie REALLY soon after the books were published, so it didn't have the time HP did to get really big. Also, most people make the argument that people only like RPattz because of him being Edward — so both arguments can't be right.

  68. 68

    Too bad the list didn't take into account the quality of the writing….or the fact taht a junior high school drop-out could have written the Twilight series based on how difficult the sentence and plot structures are. Sad.

  69. 69

    Think before you blog. You say some stupid things on this site. But nothing as stupid as this. The 2 books series are not comparable. They are different subjects and the Harry Potter books are smarter and much better written. Harry Potter averages 20 million books per title. Twilight around 10 million. Both series are both successful but it does not matter how long they are on the best seller list. Harry Potter sold more out of the gate due to demand. Harry Potter is read by more people of various ages and gender. Ultimately Harry Potter will continue to out sell
    Twilight over time. If you want to compare Twilight to anything comparable it to True Blood. Ok the True Blood books dont sell that well. But True blood is a much better written Tv show in many ways then Twilight is a movie.

  70. 70

    52 weeks now but lets see in 50 years. the hp series changed a generation of young readers (seriously if it weren't for the first three HP in middle school and narnia as a child, i wouldn't be a english/writing major). twilight is a blimp in the western pop culture timeline and will make a nice little segment in the "i love…." on some future form of vh1.

    the only good thing to come out of twilight was that it got 20 something year olds who didnt give a crap about reading to well… "read", and i use that term very loosely.

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  72. 72

    besides perez, rowling is much more gay friendly than meyer. According to Rowling Dumbeldore, one of the greatest wizards of all time, was supposed to be gay and he made the whole world fall in love with him including me…meyer on the other hand doesnt even believe in sex before marridge let alone gay relationships in her sparly vampire world *barf

  73. 73

    but Harry Potter is actually good……..

  74. 74

    Re: limelite101 – THIS

  75. 75

    Ugh!…So? Twilight still sucks and it's the numbers that matter. 40 million compared to 400+ million is not impressive regardless of how long it stays on the list. The fact of the matter is…MORE people read and LOVE Harry Potter.

    I bought the twilight books and I hate them. Biggest waste of time ever.

  76. MP says – reply to this


    I've read both the Twilight series and the Harry Potter series and Twilight doesn't hold a candle to Harry Potter. The writing is completely different. Jo Rowling is brilliant, whereas Stephenie Meyer is merely good.

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  78. 78

    Re: puppydog66 – SHE NOT THE STORYS OVER AT 4 THANK GOD.

  79. 79

    omg YES!!!!! a 5th book will be perfect

  80. 80

    I think this sums up Twilight pretty accurately….. www.youtube.com/watch?v=m96hu-xprfE

  81. 81

    This articulle is totally biased and incorrect. Harry Potter has sold 400 million copies worldwide, versus 40 millions sold by the Twilight "saga". Also, harry potter and the deathly hallows is second on that list, topping every twilight book. I don't understand how people take Perez Hilton seriously! For god's sake, he's a 30 year old pedophile who thinks the Jonas Brothers are a good band!

  82. 82

    Really Perez? USA Today's bestseller list does not even hold a candle to the NY Times. It's a mistake, calling Twilight better. Harry Potter fans unite! I wouldn't be surprised if you haven't read any of the Twilight books, Perez, but they are absolute shit. As many have said before me, JK Rowling develops characters, plot lines, secondary plot lines and history. Her books are truly magical, appealing to all ages. And Stephanie Meyer can what? tap into the raging hormones of preteens. Wow, what a talent. JK ROWLING FOREVER!

  83. 83

    Aren't we also forgetting that it took 10 whole years for the list to be rid of A Harry Potter book?

  84. 84

    are you kinding me?!?!! everyone (or almost) read at least 1 book from the harry potter series, while only a twilight fans read the book, twilight is soooo boring while harry potter way better. i'm not a fan of either of them cuz i hate reading but come on… everyone will forget about twilight in a few years and no one will ever forget harry potter…

  85. 85

    you clearly have never cracked open a harry potter book in your life. i have read the entire series of twilight and it's safe to say those books are shit, the movies even worse.

  86. 86

    whatever. Harry Potter will alway be better than twilight

  87. 87

    Re: LadyFaceRe: leilagrace – THANK YOU! i AGREE WITH THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ON HERE! Harry Potter inspired young tweens to read a great story from a woman with no real formal writing education who just happen to think about this magical world! Brilliant I love JK and I thank her for giving me Harry Potter, which I grew up with. Sheer creativity unlike miss myers and must i add perez that had it not been for HP mr Pattinson prolly wouldn't have been discovered!? Twilight will die out because its become too overexposed. Meanwhile HP took two years to come back to the screen and kicked box office ass. The actors are better, so are the graphics compared to stuttering twitching Ktwat and those other "actors" who are just pretty! Love Rupert, Dan and Emma who have shown class and respect for their fans! (but too myers defense: I loved "The Host")

  88. 88

    Re: gemma0505 – *meyers!

  89. 89

    Re: DaisyHalt – HP is about SOOO much more than that. I really think you should read them. I have read both series, and really had a hard time not skipping huge parts of the Twilight books. Harry Potter is so much more than things coming to life, and I really think you should give them a shot. The stories are a million times more meaningful.

  90. 90

    I am still being hopeful that Meyer would just get over being such a baby over Midnight Sun leak and get back to it and finish & publish for once and for all!

  91. 91

    Harry Potter will ALWAYS be better than Twilight

  92. 92

    That's only because everyone bought their copy of Harry Potter the day it came out and after 13 weeks everyone in the world had a copy so there was no need to buy more books. Duhhh. lol.

  93. 93

    Re: Catwin – Also, since book 1 is written in a much more "children's book" style than the others, the fact that people can't get past the first 10 pages also proved their stupidity.

  94. 94

    Re: chellemibell – I agree!!! I love twilight but Harry Potter is soo much better!!!! Plus Stephenie needs to get over herself. Like i said i love twilight but i can't stand Stephenie!!!! She is the biggest baby. Crying about how her draft got leaked. Just finsh and publish Midnight Sun you bitch!!!!!! lol

  95. 95

    I KNOW!!!
    she should finish midnight sun!
    and you she ask her personally

  96. Debk says – reply to this


    I'd like to see another book or two.

  97. 97

    USA Today? Please, you forgot to mention that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone just left the New York Time's best-sellers list, a much more reputable list, after staying on it for 10 YEARS. Fuck Twilight, that piece of trash Meyer tries to pull off as "literature" doesn't hold a candle to the power, originality, or creativity you find in Harry Potter. JK Rowling has been singled out as the individual force that got kids of this generation reading again. All Stephenie Meyer has done is give girls unrealistic expectations about men and love.

    You also have your numbers wrong, because Harry Potter has sold 400 million copies, not 143 million.

  98. 98


    THE END.

  99. 99

    Damn you, tweenies.

  100. 100

    I like Twilight but cmon! Twilight doesnt even compare to Harry Potter. JK Rowling is a genius!!!!!

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