Day 01 – A book series you wished would just end already

Because Vampires aren’t meant to sparkle in the sun…

The Twilight Series. I was teaching when they came out and wanted to read them since they were such a big phenomenon. I wished I hadn’t started at points, because when I start I have to finish…

The only character I liked was Jacob, because he was the only one who was in any way credible, and he was barely that. Bella and Edward irritated the heck out of me. Bella is a whiny emo who thinks she is intellectually superior to those around her because she can read, not realising that she’s kind of like Catherine in Northanger Abbey- brainwashing herself into believing she’s in love because she’s obsessed with melodrama. And as for Edward, the less said about the controlling, manipulative stalker the better.

The writing was generally poor, and the allusions to Wuthering Heights were tantamount to sacrilege in my world- a love triangle does not make a relationship like that of Catherine and Heathcliff.

Things were repeated all the time. The four books could easily have been condensed into two. The attempts to write passion were laughable. If they’d ever actually had sex (you know, that was explicit, not the kind that is alluded to by torn pillows and a battered woman lying in a state of bliss…) then it almost certainly would have been up for a bad sex award “his cold, marble lips pressed very softly against mine… I would be in his marble arms”. Is it something lacking in me that the idea of getting busy with a corpse/stone statue doesn’t make me weak at the knees?

It may get people reading, but I worry about the kind of message that it sends out about love and romance. I think that there’s enough propaganda around which makes you think that relationships should function in any particular way, without this kind of negative relationship being held up for impressionable people to view as an ideal.


6 thoughts on “Day 01 – A book series you wished would just end already

  1. Lindsay

    I agree with you whole-heartedly on this review. I also have to finish a series once I start, and this one just left me mad after reading each book. Edward is a suicidal control freak and he made me wonder how Stephanie Meyer’s husband must treat her for him to be the love interest. Plus, the 4th book’s ending was weak. Breaking Dawn actually had some edge to it, but then all that disintegrated when there was no fight or deaths…after building up to it and everything. I finished the series feeling embarrassed I had read it…

  2. sara0611

    I totally agree. I was so bothered by the series, but finished it for preciously the same reasons you did. Overall, though, I was so distressed at the thought of young girls reading it and getting that impression of love, and the act of love. Bella was completely dependent on Edward, with no independent interests of her own, the whole werewolf imprinting thing was just disturbing…completely agree with your assessment, spot on.

  3. goingroundandround

    I read the second book because my stepdaughter was reading the series and I wanted to make sure the books weren’t scary (it was difficult enough to get her to go upstairs to her room by herself as it was). The stories are fun to read, but I agree that they send a ridiculous message about love and romance. Most teenage girls are emo enough without any encouragement – ugh. Seriously, I wish we could fill the shelves with books about girls like Nancy Drew – Nancy is happy, generous, independent, smart, brave, and athletic; she listens to her father and her relationships with her friends and her boyfriend are based on loyalty and mutual respect and don’t include constant drama.

  4. Phantoms Siren

    I agree with Michael Sheen (played Aro in New Moon) when he calls it an alleged love story. I think a lot of its younger readers are encountering a love story for the first time and a combination of hormones and a wish to emulate Bella makes them believe that now they have read A book they now know all about love. Teenage girls have always had a habit of fixating on really bad male role models for love (Phantom of the Opera for example) though in the past they have been slightly better written. Most grow out of it with exposure to reality and more literature. i think the approach to get girls away from Twilight has to be less “Twilight sucks” and more “ok you like that, you might like this”, attacking it just makes them defensive and less willing to move out of their safezone. The trick is to get them to want to read other stuff so they’ll learn for themselves that Twilight sucks.

    Unfortunately all that fails to explain the full grown, well read adult women who still like Twilight. My only explanation for them is insanity. Or chemicals in the water supply.

    I would love for Meyers to turn around at the end, have Bella realise what an idiot she is and thus release all her readers from this terrible spell. But she won’t cos Meyers is Bella and delusion springs eternal.

    It breaks my heart seeing what this has done to both the vampire and goth subcultures, I hope it goes away soon so we can go back to sexy Gary Oldman style vampires.

  5. theveryhungrybookworm

    I haven’t read the series, but I do appreciate that it does have kids reading. I agree with you on the worry that it is sending a strange message. I don’t want kids to only read the books because of the crazy love/romance bits. One of my students told me that she was holding out for a werewolf to marry. She wasn’t joking. I’m concerned.

  6. milchstern

    Honestly, I enjoyed reading the books (one more than the other) as they were easy to read in english (which is not my mother tongue). Still I agree with you and the others – e.g. I didn’t like Bella being so dependent and Edward-focused. And the stories might have been so much better if shorter.

    I guess Stephanie Meyer read a lot of these books where women get caught by Indians, get rescued by a hero or they meet a “wild” hero as her sex/love descriptions reminded me exactly of these light novels (I read everthing I could get as teenager :D)


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