Thursday, February 26, 2009

Twilight... I'm just not that into you.



I heard the collective gasp as this page loaded, and oh yeah, I went there. I will say that I have only read the first two books so far, but I'm not racing to buy the third. In fact, if my eleven year old daughter wasn't burning through New Moon as I type this... I probably wouldn't even bother. BUT, I am a parent and I am aware of the mature subject matter in these books and have committed myself to being able to discuss the books with her as she goes. I have heard book four is "the best one"- but if what I've read so far is any indicator... best is just a relative term. I think the books are poorly written and move slowwwwly. Of course, all of the imaginative details would seem to make for a great screenplay and I am actually looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out on DVD in March. Technical criticism aside- doesn't anyone else find Bella annoying? In a whiny, spoiled brat, do whatever I want and who cares about the trouble I cause way? It's wearing on me. I found myself rootin' for the old-skool vamps in Italy. "Just eat her and be done with it already!" I will buy Eclipse soon though and press on, because there is one thing I do love... the Twilight series lit a fire under a girl that for years has struggled with reading and tended to avoid it at all costs. Now, every time I turn around she's got her nose in a book! So for that, Stephanie Meyer- I LOVE YOU!!

14 comments:

Jules said...

I've been wondering about those books. Samantha isn't quite old enough to be interested in them yet - she's still in love with Harry Potter. :)

I'm so glad that Brielle is discovering a love for reading. Not only for her, but because it gives me hope that Jeremy will someday, too! :)

gina said...

Brielle got interested in them because all of the other girls in her class were reading them. I spoke with her teacher , who had read them, and she explained there was some mature subject matter- especially in the last book... and so I agreed to let her read them,. if I read them first. She's is keeping right behind me , which is so exciting, I am so happy for her. It was a big jump from The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series- although she did take a break a couple of weeks ago to read the third one when her friend was done with it. :)

Diana Jiron Graff said...

Oh no! that's too bad to hear, I got into them right away and didnt' stop until the very last one and honestly I loved them! ;) I hope you do finish the series any way, you might be surprised by the 4th book ;) I really liked them and specially liked the ending.

Holly said...

I admit I haven't read these...if my daughter was older and wanted to, I guess I'd have to check them out. But they just don't interest me at all. And frankly, all the hype about them bugs me! :) And I read reviews on Amazon and there were enough in agreement with you, gina, that I was pretty sure it wasn't worth my time.
Nothing against anybody that enjoys them! I just like to be counter-culture!

Miriam said...

Nancy Drew did the same for my 10-year-old... not great literature, but THANK GOODNESS she loves to read now! Insatiably.

Dandee said...

I read the first book and only made it halfway through the second because of how slooooooow they move. I just couldn't take it anymore. I've decided that the movies will give me enough of an "Edward fix".

gina said...

The cashier at WalMArt yesterday (where I was buying Eclipse) informed me that there is a book 5. On Stephanie Meyer's website you can buy the book that tells the story of book 1 from Edward's perspective. Interesting.

tommie said...

I have books three and four if you are interested. I can mail them to you.

The Stone Age Techie said...

I resisted the Twilight pull for a while, but then became obsessed with them last summer. My favorite was actually the first book, because it made me remember that wonderful, 'first love' feeling... now a married, middle-aged mom, while I am very happy with my life it just doesn't have the same intensity as all those years ago. So, for that I thank Stephenie Meyer!
Last winter I wrote a post about how different middle-age life is compared to the younger years, which I would love to share with you in a completely tangential way:
http://stoneagetechie.blogspot.com/2008/03/moody-blues.html
Thank you for this post, I love book talk!
Karen

Sarah said...

I just read these in the past couple of weeks. After the first book I swore I wouldn't pay for another one. BUT, because I said the main reason I didn't like the first book was because it was all backstory I committed myself to reading them all.

I did read them all. And...in the immediate honeymoon period I thought the later books had swayed me...but I was wrong.

I can see where the obsession and enjoyment is (I still don't understand it w/ Harry Potter). But I personally didn't care for them. I adored some characters (Jake...I just love him)...and, like you, was TOTALLY annoyed with Bella. She got under my nerves. Edward did too in the first book...in fact, I didn't care for him until I read the piece she posted on her website from the as-yet-unfinished fifth book.

But..I agree...anything that gets girls reading is a good thing. I just don't feel the love and adoration. There another vamp series I do feel it for...actually two of them (one adult, one YA)...and Twilight just didn't compare to those for me.

(P.S. The little bits and pieces I've seen of the movie annoy me more than the book...but I'll judge it on its own merit when I see it on DVD)

4under3 said...

I had no idea about this series until my friend--who's 26--got into them and can't put them down. She's got a 4 month old, and 2 & 6 year old and she's complaining that she can't get housework done because of these crazy books.

I haven't read them, but they seem to be loved my many. I don't think they'd do it for me, however.

Tiff

Tiffany @ NOH said...

I've only read the first book (because who has time for reading with a 3 month old at home) but I thought it was pretty good. I do agree that it's rather slow moving but I figured that was because it's really written for teenagers anyway. And you know she wants to sell the other installments of the books too so she has to drag it out a bit.

I haven't yet started book two but I don't hear great things about it. I guess I will give it a go when I find a free weekend when I can let myself be absorbed into it. Bella is pretty immature and very self-centered, but weren't we all in high school? I do think Stephanie Meyer does a great job of capturing what it's like to be 17 again which is part of what I like about the books...

elexisb said...

Haven't read the books yet, though I will now. We watched the movie on Saturday night and I am now OBSESSED with how great the story was. I have actually heard that the writer is fabulous but that it's such a great story and that's why got people hooked. I want Eric to become a vampire now and love me like E.C. loves Bella! haha! He wished we didn't watch it!

Sarah said...

Tried to get through the first one...I thought I can't just keep reading this...I GET IT, they like eachother, blah blah blah.
And I have a hard time reading about things that aren't real...like vampires???

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