Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Twilight??? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

I know I've expressed some animosity about the Twilight series before. . .



But I've found yet another reason why I dislike Stephenie Meyer and her ghastly creation:

11 comments:

L'homme Masqued said...

Wait a minute... what were you for Hallowe'en again...?

The Former 786 said...

A mockery of the faux-vampire, Edward.

jo said...

Wow.

That makes the documentary Trekkies (forgive my misspelling if at all) look mild

--jeff * said...

every time i talk with a girl about the books, they seem astonished that i never read them. i reply that, "i'm a guy," and have never met a man who had read them.

SicklyGothGirl said...

Heh. I like the second one there...
I think that there are rabid fans of everything, but a bazillion teenage girls make it even scarier...Of course I'm a rabid X-files fangirl so who am I to talk? XD

The Former 786 said...

Jo, I've now added Trekkies to my Netflix queue. I'm looking forward to it.

Jeff, I, too, have yet to find a guy who really likes these books.

And yes, sicklygothgirl, teenage girls are the scariest fans!

Katya said...

Trekkies is good, but the sequel is actually better. (The editing is tighter, although you kind of have to have seen the first one to enjoy the second one, since they do follow-up interviews with some of the people from the first one.)

I've got a documentary about diehard LoTR fans in my NetFlix queue, so I'll let you know what I think of it.

But none of this has anything to do with what I wanted to ask you, which is, after reading this article, do you agree that many authors play with vampire stereotypes? And do you hate all the authors who do? Or if you like some but still dislike Stephenie Meyers, what is it about her way of bending the rules that's particularly annoying?

The Former 786 said...

I actually have read that article, Katya, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I don't mind if people play with the rules a bit, but I think Meyer's changes bother me because

1) She's not that good of a writer in the first place.
2)One or two changes is fine, but she threw the whole rulebook out the window because
3)she changed vampires only to romanticize them. It wasn't to make a cool, original storyline or to enable a complicated plot twist, she just made vampires more attractive so the would fit in her romance novel.

Katya said...

OK, so you can change the rules, but not just for convenience or because you're lazy.

The Former 786 said...

Precisely!

Don't change folklore to cut corners or solve would-be problems, but it's fine to change folklore to create obstacles for your protagonist and/or add a twist.

Katya said...

This reminds me of how when Lois & Clark tanked in season 3, it coincided with a number of new random superpowers. Not that the Superman story hasn't always been based in science fiction, but even speculative fiction needs consistent rules.