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Well, this book is not quite as bad as Interview with the Vampire, but that's roughly the best that can be said for it. The most immediately striking thing about the book is that the writing is rather dull; Bella's fascination with her own inner dialogue was not shared by this reader. My own favourite vampire series is likely to remain Buffy/Angel, which scores over Twilight by a) being much funnier and b) having characters whose sexuality extends to parts of the body below shoulder level.

The most troubling aspect of the book is that Bella is very passive indeed, entirely surrendering to the guidance of Edward and his fellow vampires - and when she tries to do something on her own she screws up and they have to rescue her. It's not relevant for my own daughters, but if I did know any teenage girls who were reading this I would want to draw them into conversation about how Real Life may perhaps involve differentiating oneself from a doormat. (Starting with this excellent Buffy vs Edward mashup.)

And although I haven't seen either film (nor do I have experience of being a teenage girl), I suspect astraether may have a point when she suggests that teenage boys should watch Twilight in order to understand teenage girls' fantasies, just as teenage girls should watch Porky's to understand teenage boys' fantasies. (Hat-tip to fleetfootmike.)


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Aug. 30th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
My two favorite vampire non-series: Sunshine by Robin McKinley and Fledgling by Octavia Butler.
Aug. 30th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I found the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries to be better than Twilight too - and the True Blood TV adaptation is pretty much the best thing on TV at the moment.
Aug. 30th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Do you realise that the books were written by a Mormon? That's why the female character is that way.
Aug. 30th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
If you don't like book 1 don't even think that it gets better, it gets worse.
Aug. 31st, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
I was put off even trying to read Twilight by a good friend who described the mentality as "he stalks me, therefore he loves me", which is way too likely to make me throw the book at the wall.
Aug. 31st, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
OK, I'm going to have to re-read Twilight and sequels. I had SUCH a different reaction to it to most other people I know that I want to check if I was, in fact, going mad.
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