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Question for the bibliophiles on my flist... 
9th-Oct-2008 08:38 pm
Black mage
Is Stephanie Meyer's Twilight near as bad as I hear? I mean, I know it's caught on with some folks, but the one synopsis I read of it had me wondering. Kind of wondering if this isn't another Eragon...

I have a hold on book one, but it'll be a while before a copy becomes available. Basically looking for a general synopsis and what other books it compares to right now.
10th-Oct-2008 02:14 am (UTC)
I haven't yet read the series but the first three books are the only books my husband has ever read cover to cover.

I have heard it is really teen angsty...
10th-Oct-2008 02:25 am (UTC)
I'd heard about the agst, but most of hat I hear about are big gaps in the chracters' logic.
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10th-Oct-2008 02:24 am (UTC)
10th-Oct-2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I...cannot type sometimes. I hit the I and then hit enter and it posted.
10th-Oct-2008 02:30 am (UTC)
No worries. done similar.
10th-Oct-2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I had never heard of the series until the fourth book came out, and her own fans decided to eat her alive over how bad the fourth is sposed to be.

I got the first book, for free, from a friend. I read it in one night, even tho it is huge. It is essentially brain candy. The premise is completely stolen from another author named LJ Smith, whose Vampire Diaries did this much better a long time ago.

The vampires are hysterically badly written. The plot makes Gossip Girl look like Tolstoy. It is every bit as bad as you have heard.

Yet...Mom and I loved the first book so much we bought the second one. You know how our finances are, and we still bought it. It is really hard to describe how quickly you can read it and enjoy it.

Um, do you like the movie 'Plan 9 From Outer Space'? If you like movies or books that are SO bad they are good...give it a shot.

The vampires...the reason they can't go out in the sun...is cause they sparkle. No, really. The vamps in Twilight are sparkly.
10th-Oct-2008 02:32 am (UTC)
They Sparkle? Do they bathe in Vampire Scrubbing Bubbles?

I dunno, I guess I'll judge for myself when a copy becomes available. Or I'll go see the movie. (Nah. I'll probably wait for DVD on that.)
10th-Oct-2008 02:37 am (UTC)
They sparkle. The reason they cannot go out into the sun is because when the sun hit them, they go all sparkly and glittery. It'supposedly blinding.

The werewolves in book two are much, much better written...and totally stolen from the gaming system made by White Wolf.
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10th-Oct-2008 02:35 am (UTC) - Re: Sick of Twilight
*coughs**chokes**laughs my fucking ass off*

Well, at least she isn't fucking a dragon... but still...
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10th-Oct-2008 02:44 am (UTC)
avaghdu just mentioned book 4 sucks.

Maybe if I just read 1-3?:)
10th-Oct-2008 02:45 am (UTC) - you must read this
10th-Oct-2008 02:48 am (UTC) - Re: you must read this
That comic is how I first heard about the series. I must admit it piqued my interest
10th-Oct-2008 03:44 am (UTC)
I've read them all. It was that bad/good. It is the most horrible Mary-Sue story EVAR, but its one of those car wreck types you can't help but keep going for more to see how ridiculous it gets. "Oh poor me, I'm popular, and my one boyfriend is a vampire, oh and my other is a werewolf, oh but wait now I'm going to--" etc etc
10th-Oct-2008 04:22 am (UTC)
In other words, Anita Blake as a high school romance?
10th-Oct-2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Are you a 15 year old girl?
10th-Oct-2008 04:22 am (UTC)
No, but I sometimes play on in chat rooms.

Edited at 2008-10-10 04:27 am (UTC)
10th-Oct-2008 04:26 am (UTC)
I read the first one and it's pretty bad, yeah. The characterization is especially weak (they all do a lot of nonsensical things, and often act completely opposite to how they're described), but there are big flaws all over the place.

Pretty sure I'm at least ten years older than the intended audience, though.
10th-Oct-2008 04:27 am (UTC)
Aimed at teens?
10th-Oct-2008 04:32 am (UTC)
From my understanding (and the amount of angst), yes, but I see a lot of older people who've gotten into it too.
10th-Oct-2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Vegetarian vampires that sparkle.

oh this is going to be fun.
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10th-Oct-2008 04:57 am (UTC)
I take it you find em readable?
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10th-Oct-2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
It's only bad if you're a snob.

They are teenage pulp romance vampire novels, but fairly entertaining for all that.

Reading the series will cost you nothing.
10th-Oct-2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Well, can't be any worse than some of the recent Larell K. Hamilton books. Admittedly, those are getting better again, but for a while there..
10th-Oct-2008 05:29 pm (UTC) - from a female persepctive in her mid-20s...
i like the series and i'm excited for the movie. don't get me wrong, there are def laughable plot points and dialogue and some things just make you go "WTF???" (esp book 4). and it's def not a 'literary miracle/must-read'.. BUT! it is an easy read, and has some cute (ie: sugary sweet) dialogue lines and the over-all life-or-death all consuming love/romance theme is what caught me. then again, i am -- and will always be -- a romantic at heart.

if ur looking for something that will make you think and be inspired and awed, then no, this is not what you should pick up. but if you're looking for some romantic fluff (that, at times, is written a bit like fanfic) -- i think someone put it best: "mind candy" -- then give it a try. it won't kill you and at least then you can make your own judgement. def a quick read! :)
10th-Oct-2008 06:32 pm (UTC) - Re: from a female persepctive in her mid-20s...
Very cool. Will probably be a few weeks before it shows up (I'm like hold 138 on 53 copies), but it's nice to have an idea of what I'm getting in to.
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