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Stephenie Meyer needs a break; so go see New Moon

The pre-holiday season has already spawned pop blockbusters from Dan Brown ("The Lost Symbol") and Stephen King ("Under the Dome"), but another super-hot author, Stephenie Meyer, is waiting it out. (Likely on a very comfy lawn chair, peering out over the Arizona desert.)

She says she "is a little burned out on vampires right now" -- a statement that will make millions of her fans feel faint. "I might go spend some time with my aliens, I might do something completely different. I've got to cleanse the palate," Meyer said recently in an Oprah interview. She hinted that she might try her hand at a pure fantasy novel, a la J.K. Rowling -- you know, one with a map in the front.

At least her Twilight devotees have something else to look forward to: Friday's release of the "New Moon" movie.

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Maybe King has psyched Meyer out with his statement that she "can't write worth a darn. She's not very good." Or maybe she's worried that King will drop a copy of his new hardback -- more than 1,000 pages worth -- on her if she fights back.

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