Oh goodness. I think a whole lot more could be said about what's wrong with the Twilight series though this "PSA" touched on a few of the problems. Actually, I found this gal's presentation almost as annoying as Bella herself.
So what is really wrong with Twilight? First, as this reviewer complained of but failed to explain why, Stephanie Meyer is one of the worst writers I've ever read outside of some fan fiction. Oh wait, she used to write fan fiction. That explains a lot.
As others have pointed out, Bella Swann is one cloyingly dreadful Mary Sue. Everyone loves her at her new school, we know she's perfectly beautiful, and she's do desirable that she's driven an "Adonis" -like vampire who had never known love mad with lust. No, not lust. We can't call it lust. Attraction. She's driven him mad with attraction. Bella has a flaw of course, so she's not so perfect and so we can all totally relate. She's such a klutz that she trips over air. The perfect damsel in distress. Passive, pouty and needy.
Then there's Edward... creepy, stalkerish, downright abusive. But he's beautiful, and chauvinistically protective while he's being emotionally abusive, so it's all cool. What is this telling our young girls, and worse what have we done to our kids that they are *buying* this view on romance?
As vampires the Cullens are pathetic. I know it's been hammered over and over by others but really, sparkles? And they can subsist entirely on animal blood, so any real threat is eliminated. Oh, the "bad vampires" live on human blood, but with the Cullens there's no conflict, no inner struggle, except for Jasper, who comes across like the mentally handicapped little brother. Equally annoying for me, they're wide awake during the day. They never sleep, in fact. There's no eerie karmic payback to Death required of these undead. Are they even undead?
The outcome of all these very human traits, is that Meyer neatly guts the vampire mystique. We never get that unearthly otherness feeling from Meyer's vampires. Degrassi with fangs. No, not even with fangs. No fangs. Wait, how is this a vampire story again?
But Meyer's biggest problem over and above her characterization is her writing style. We've all heard the writer's caveat "show don't tell," right? I think Meyers has some kind of advice dyslexia because, especially in New Moon, all she does is tell, tell, tell, and oh my god she's telling us again how Bella is feeling.
But the thing is, since she's telling us this over and over, chewing it up and swallowing for us, we can't taste it. The reader feels pounded by pages and pages of Bella's unbearable pain, but we're not feeling a thing for Bella. In fact we kinda wish she'd take an Advil and quit moping about already.
I know I haven't said anything new here. And the terrible irony for me is that I have a 14-year old daughter who loves Twilight and so I have been obligated to read all the books, and not express my abhorrence.
That's a lie. I got through New Moon. I couldn't do it. While I have watched the movies multiple times with my kid, I have to later slip off to take refuge in old episodes of True Blood. Ah, the antidote!
This girl is hilarious. I agree that Twilight is "crappy literature" and those that are fans of Twilight often mistake it for good or great literature (for whatever strange reason). You can like a story without it being anything prophetic or even well-written. I've liked plenty of romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and mysteries that are fun to read but are not great pieces of literature. The key is having the ability to distinguish between the two, which most people are incapable of … more