Twilight

Feb. 1st, 2009 09:20 pm
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I’m not watching the Superbowl, although I did watch the halftime show. Go Bruce! 

So I’ll talk about what could be the polar opposite of football: “Twilight.” 

A week or so ago I finally got my hands on “Twilight” and read it. I just don’t get it the appeal. 

The writing is horrendous – and I tend to be pretty lenient when it comes to bad writing (within reason – but in general if there is a good plot and reasonable dialogue, I can overlook bad writing). What bothered me most is that I was totally unable to buy into the Edward-Bella relationship – and if you can’t fall in love with that, the whole book falls apart. 

So Bella and Edward see each other across the lunchroom and immediately fall in love – or should I say, in lust. Because there is no foundation to this relationship. There is no connection of the minds, no interest in the same things, no genuine friendship – nothing that most couples build lasting relationships on. There are couples that fall in lust first and go on to have successful relationships. But I saw none of that here. 

My second problem was with the pace of the book. It was so damn slow that I read quickly just to finish. The minutia the book focuses on – like what Bella eats for meals, every meal, every single day – and what happens, minute by minute in school – omg, so boring. It read like my high school diary. Back when I was in high school, I’m sure my diary was fascinating to me. But when I read it now, I realize what a drab, boring life I led. Bella is starting a relationship with a vampire, yet her life is as boring as could be. 

And may I say that for someone in lust with a vampire, she is way too casual about the whole thing. I can deal with her not freaking out about it, but a little show of emotion when she discovers his secret would have been nice. 

Not to mention that the whole idea of being in lust with someone who is cold as granite is very unappealing. 

So, just so not there.

Date: 2009-02-02 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollywdliz.livejournal.com
And don't forget that he sparkles! WTF!

The fact that he was STALKING HER is also pretty special. This theme is apparently continued in the other books. If you need to wash your brain out with soap and laughter, I recommend you check out [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's summaries of the books. Hilarious.

Date: 2009-02-02 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] julietvalcouer.livejournal.com
Honestly the worst part is EVERY CHARACTER IN THE BOOK is more interesting than Bella and Edward. Seriously. Including the guys who try to assault her in the alley. Even her vapid high school friends. ALL OF THEM. Carlisle's backstory alone has series potential. Even things that SEEM like they will be cool and relevant and important (like, oh, where Alice came from) are kind of dropped in like oh, yeah, here.

I'm cool with the cold/granite thing (though as a rule I prefer my rock-hard abs to be more metaphorical) but teh sparkling is just...no.

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