Monday, August 18, 2008

Twilight Doesn’t Sparkle For Me

I know I’m going to piss off the majority of women I know by saying this, but what is the big deal with the Twilight series? I just don’t get it. I have read the first three books of the series and I basically have forced myself to get through them. I think each of them are about 200 pages too long, as if Ms. Meyer was trying to make her page quota by filling it with cheesy interactions between Edward and Bella. It just got too "sugary" for my taste. The “teenagers” in the book just seemed so emo and had the classic “woe is me” teenager attitude. I just don’t care to live that though the majority of pages. I did enjoy it when the classic evil vampires come into play as well as the battles between vampires and werewolves, but I think that’s what my issue with the whole story line is the honorable and noble vampires, it just doesn’t work for me.

In the past two years I’ve completed over 400 books and there are so many stories out there that could out-shine this series. I know I haven’t read the last book, I probably will once the hype is down, so I can’t completely say the series didn’t enchant me. I’ve learned that it’s usually the last book of the series that “MAKES” the series, but I’m starting to think the majority of people that enjoy this series, don’t read that much to begin with. Maybe it’s social influence; where people enjoy it because they are told they’d like it. Or maybe it’s just me.

I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy parts, it kept my attention enough to finish the books, but if you have read this series and are totally enthralled by them, let me know why. Maybe I’m missing something.

3 comments:

Debra said...

I think part of the reason this series is that popular is because it's a different kind of vampire story without focusing too much on the parts that are more appealing to men (generally) and focusing on parts that are (generally) more appealing to women. I picked up the first one after Amazon.com recommended it to me and enjoyed it well enough, but there was nothing sophisticated about the storyline. It is basic easy reading and I can kind of relate to Bella's klutzy nature & feeling like the person who likes you is way too good for you. I will say that I must be behind the times, because I swear I didn't really hear all the hype until I was done with the second book-- when the talk of the last book being released soon hit my ears.

I am jealous of Stephanie's success. I hope I can do something like this (on some level or another) with my writing one day. I think that part of why I'm still reading it is to foster my own creative juices.

orangemily said...

I read a lot of books and yet I loved this series. In fact I didn't think I would because it's a "Vampire book" but I really liked the sugary-ness of it!

Holly said...

Beatlesdiva,

I'm not mad, because your opinion is just that, yours.

However, if you don't like vampires, werewolves or love stories, then don't bother reading Breaking Dawn now.

Reading books allows you to use your imagination, which I think that is what you are missing.