So I did it. I broke down and actually read Twilight. I’m being honest here. I expected to hate it. I didn’t love it afterward, but I didn’t hate it.I felt compelled to find out what all the fuss was about– so many moms reading it and loving it(?!) and figured at some point my own two girls will read the Twilight reading stage so I should know what it’s all about. I’m still not sure I “get” it. Here are my questions after reading it:
What’s up with the ‘dazzling’ thing? What does it add?
Why is Bella so oblivious to her own good looks and obvious abilities?
Why DOES Edward want to be with her? What do they have in common? He asks all these questions about her, but it seems he’s just consuming her, not relating to her.
What’s up with Vampire baseball? The single dumbest literary conceit EVER.
Why does Bella have to be clumsy?
Edward is just a pretty face, no? What else is redeeming about him?
What’s the deal with such amazing emphasis on chastity? No wonder parents love these books, but what an unrealistic portrait of young love. They don’t really deal with temptations because one of them will DIE– that’s not realistic. I’m not willing to equate premarital sex with a death wish no matter what some hyper-moralists might say.
I have NO desire to see the movie. I hated it that I knew who was in it because I couldn’t ‘recast’ it in my own mind without seeing Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Neither of whom seems appropriate to me.
Glad I read it. Not sure if I want to keep reading them. I have New Moon next to my nightstand but it is NOT calling my name…. I honestly don’t get why anyone over the age of 18 would find these compelling reading. Remind me to write a post about the kind of romance books I would or do read.