Thursday, October 16, 2008

More on Twilight

I saw someone in the cafeteria wearing a Twilight shirt.


For some reason my initial reaction to the books was fairly balanced and mild but now I'm kind of in this "WHY???" stage where people are annoying me. I think it's mostly a counterbalance to the people who are like: "tHis iS thE greAtest bOok EVARRR!!!!!!!!!!!!" Uh, no. It's not a terrible book, but it is NOT the greatest book ever. There are issues of writing and plot that should probably have been addressed by the editors. Like tightening up that first 150 pages.

I am also vastly scared by the number of people who think Edward is the most perfect human being in the whole world. I know there are extremes of fangirldom for almost every book/movie/tv show out there, and I squee over a good number of characters myself. (Gen, Ned, Lord Peter Whimsey...) But Twilight seems to breed them for some reason. And, sorry Team Edward, I just don't see it. I mean, from the first book I like him better than Jacob who basically is just like, "Dude sucks." But if you find it extremely romantic for a guy to watch through your bedroom window while you're sleeping before you're even officially together, I just don't know what to say to you.

Also, he sparkles.

Now, I'm not, not, not saying that you can't enjoy these books! There was certainly some part of me that liked the one I've read. What I am saying is that you can't claim them as great literature, or great YA literature. (Robin McKinley, Ursula Le Guin, Madeline L'Engle, Megan Whalen Turner and L.M. Montgomery are much better choices. Lloyd Alexander too. And Robin McKinley even wrote a vampire book.) If you want to keep your hoard of S. Meyer books around for when you need that kind of book, go for it. Who am I to judge? I am reading through Georgette Heyer one after another. Just give up the claims to eternal glory.


Valerie said...

I'm thinking about reading at least the first book so I can get in on all this. It sounds amusing.

Mimi said...

I don't live too far from Forks, and apparently there is a HUGE tourist industry around this book building up.


Joy said...

I SO agree with you. And I really liked you "Twilight = Twinkies" analogy too... that was probably the most intelligent thing I've heard on the subject so far.

Edward was a cool character... but not any "Gen" for sure. There are books that are epic, and books that are just fun nonsense. Twilight was definitely the latter.

And randomly, your description of Jacob... haha! Right on.

MaureenE said...

Valerie, I'm not sure it's worth it.

Mimi, I've heard something about that. Pretty ridiculous, IMO.

Joy, high fives!

The Traveler said...

Seems to me that vampires are really not something to celebrate anyway...Bleah.
Oh, Hi. I'm Trav, btw.