Twilight- Great story, drudge of a read.

by Lori Dwyer on March 22, 2010 · 8 comments


Now, with the American release of new Moon (lucky bitches) I’ve been thinking, and I know Mrs P. over at A Study In Contradictions agrees- Twilight is an absolutely awesome love story, with a great plot. However, it is also an a total drudgery to read.

Don’t get me wrong me. I’m no Twi-hater. I’m a Twerd. A Twork. A Twi-hard. I love the stuff. But, I must confess… I’ve only read the books once. **Ducks from onslaught of over priced merchandise being thrown at her by scary teenage girls**.

Again, a disclaimer. I appreciate all the wonderful things Twilight has done for the world. Team Edward. Robert Pattinson, with his weird eyebrows. Team Jacob. Shirts that say “I kissed a vampire and I liked it”. Robert Pattinson, with his weird hair. Amusing FaceBook groups with titles like “You’re not a vampire, you’re a sparkly douche bag in a tree” and “In my day, vampires sucked blood, not cock”.

But I just cannot bring myself to read the books again. As much as I might like to. It’s just too painful. The story is brilliant. The writing is anything but. Case in point- from the Preface of Breaking Dawn.

When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give to your beloved, how could you not give it?
If it was someone you truly loved?

I’m not even sure why- it just clunks. Stephanie Meyer, I love your imagination, but you write like a 10 year old.

Disclaimer- Yep, totally aware of pot-kettle-black with clunky writing, Ishould be so lucky as to write four best sellers, so on and so forth, and that i should have written this, like, years ago. Bite me.

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Melissa Mandy March 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

Look lets be honest with ourselves, it just a modern version of Romeo and Juliet and that's why its so popular. Don't get me wrong I love the Twilight book series and I have read them a number of times. To be honest I think I am learning to not notice the appalling grammar in books, any of you noticed it in the Harry Potter books???? Its just as bad. I have also learnt not to re-read the book before heading to see the movie, its too frustrating when they deviate from the story line too much.


Mee2 March 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

I did like the 1st book in the series. The rest of them were, like you said, painful. Loved the story line, loved what it could have been, but it seemed like she was just adding a bunch of nothing to get more pages. Ugh. I don't know if any of what I just said make sense.


lori March 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I'm with you – her imagination is better then her writing. But she's rich and we're not, so what do I know? I can say that I don't care for anything vampire, but I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and the movies.


kbxmas March 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm

You crack me up! I never read any of these books, I'm a complete literary snob and yes, I know, I've never published anything (well one short story and one academic thingy) but I'd rather gouge my eyes out than read bad writing.


Amy xxoo March 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I've seen the first film, yet to see the second and have never read the books. I'm kind of the opinion if a billion 13 year old girls adore it, i'm going to find it either a) ridiculously stupid or b)at a 13 yr olds reading level, which i like to think i've left behind….


Melissa March 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I couldn't agree more. I'm a TwiHard. I read the 4 books in 4 days. But I found myself desperately wanting to read them with a red pen. I swear, it was almost a compulsion.

Half way though the first book I thought "I'm not going to make it. I'm going to have to kill her editor first..".

And yet, here I sit, counting down to Eclipse.


gem88 March 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I totally Agree i cant bring my self to read it again, but cant wait to get new moon dvd and make greg watch that one too..


Lucy March 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm

My sister in law lent me the first book well over a year ago. I have yet to read it. You are not inspiring me. I am a bit like spuds on the whole Twilight thingo. In the dark.


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