There is on on part were Stephen King talks about stylistic imitation. He says in these words "you can't aim a book like a cruise missile, in other words. People who decide to make a fortune writing like John Grisham or Tom Clancy produce nothing more but pale imitations, by and large, because vocabulary is not the same thing as feeling and plot is light-years from the truth as it is understood by the mind and the heart".
I'm having a hard time understanding this (despite how obvious it may come to some of you lol). Is Stephen King really attacking Tom Clancy? I would be surprised if he was because he is a very well established writer, maybe even at the same level as King (at least that is what I had thought at one point). Most of the writers that King does attack I can understand why, Stephanie Meyer, Dean Koontz, Dan Brown, James Patterson, e.c.t, and while I am not the biggest fan of Clancy I do think that he is better than the ones I just listed and I can understand why so many people appreciate his writing/story telling.