Thursday, May 22, 2008

Twilight -- Stephenie Meyer

I read this YA novel because I'd heard so much about it. I'd also heard that it was highly praised, was a number one bestseller, was on a lot of "best of the year" lists. Let's just say that I don't agree and let it go at that. The less said, the better.


  1. Hmmm. I read this for the same reasons you did, but had a better reaction to it -- possibly because I kept reminding myself the audience at which it was aimed. I could, however, make myself read the remaining books in the series.

  2. I don't think I'll ever read the others.

  3. I must admit, I'm intrigued. Wonder if whatever put you off, Bill, and and didn't thrill you, Bish, is true of her new hyped adult novel.

    Pretty damned fairy tale-subtext suggestive cover, that.

  4. From a Time magazine article a couple of weeks ago, I got the impression that the series is Dr. Laura, in an Anne Rice mask, for 13-14 year-old girls. Apparently it's immensely popular.

    When I was a YA, the big read for 13-14 year-old girls was JUNIOR MISS by Sally Benson. Mind you, this was 1962-63 or thereabouts, and JUNIOR MISS had been published in the 1940s.

  5. Just plain bad writing.

    "Edward," I hissed.

    ". . . he said. His tone was livid."

    Rarely does anyone say anything. People press or mutter or retort. Or hiss.

    More adverbs per page than the next-to-last J. K. Rowling.

    I won't go on. I didn't intend to go this far.

  6. Oh, you should report those to Thog, and his agent Dave Langford. I'd like to be able to hiss "Edward," myself...takes skill.

  7. popcool5:51 PM

    Take it in to your local Half-Price Books. You'll get top dollar for it. Well as top as a percentage of half is.