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Subject: Did anyone not like Twilight?
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:12 PM ET
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I read Twilight a while ago and thought it was way over rated.  I found the characters cliched and whiny.  Now there's a movie in the works and TIME magazine compared Meyers to JK Rowling and I'm just astonished that her books are so popular.  I like Charlaine Harris' southern vampire series, enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer the series, I love a good romance and I'm a huge vampire fan, but I found this book tepid, dull, predictable & about as romantic as an evening cleaning the cat's litter box.  Am I missing something?

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:32 PM ET
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My wife read it and did not like it. She thought she might be too old for it - she's 61 - because it seemed silly to her. She said it helped her pass an afternoon when she was having some painful dental work and it was worthwhile for that but she never bothered to read the 2nd book in the series and she was unable to outline the plot for me so she must have been bored indeed. [ETA: She enjoys many paranormals.]

Perhaps it appeals to someone who wants a "clean" paranormal?

We felt the same way about all the hoopla about the Da Vinci Code. Not throw-it-against-the-wall bad, just why-bother bad.



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Date Posted: 5/11/2008 2:18 PM ET
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I liked Twilight but hated Eclipse.  I personally don't think Stephanie Meyer is in the same ballpark as J.K. Rowling but that is just me. 

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 7:13 PM ET
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Hated Twilight and Eclipse.  The characters are incredibly irritating, especially Edward, with his constant self-deprecation.  Bella has little in the way of endearing qualities and Jacob is a PITA.  Why these books are so popular is beyond me.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 7:20 PM ET
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what's PITA stand for?  I also hated his constant "I'm so unworthy!" schtick.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 9:18 PM ET
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I read Twilight and enjoyed it. I've read the others too... and am so burned out on it. Bella is a whiny, whiny baby who needs a good slap, not least to stop her throwing herself at Edward at every. possible. moment.. Edward believes the hype of his own perfection. Jacob is the least objectionable of the three of them, but at this point I honestly couldn't care who she ends up with. I'm so annoyed with the books that I won't be reading the next one, or the one after that..... or the one after that, probably. How long can she drag this out for? My own theory is that the author doesn't know how to resolve the impossible situation that's she's created (should Bella turn into a vampire? should she not? WHO CARES???) that she's just going to keep writing in circles until someone notices.

 

Thanks for letting my get my probably overly-harsh vent out. I'm very much in a minority among my book club, who, to a woman, loved the books. All of them. So I don't say what I really think! I just treated you guys to that. Feeling better already!

 

 

 

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 10:00 PM ET
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 I only read "Twilight," and  I wasn't enamored enough to want to read the other books. It seemed like the whole books was just long, whiny conversations between Edward and Bella, with virtually no action. Not my cup of tea, and I would never, ever put Meyer in the same class as J.K. Rowling. EVER! LOL.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 11:12 PM ET
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PITA=Pain in the a$$.
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 11:54 PM ET
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I read it last month after hearing all the rave reviews and just found it ho-hum.  It wasn't horrible, just kind of slow and mediocre.  Maybe they could jazz it up for the movie, I don't know.  It really didn't pick up until the end of the book, but I have no intention on reading the sequels.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 10:33 AM ET
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Hmmmm... at first I thought it was using the name of a kind of bread to insult someone.  You PITA.  It works.

 

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Date Posted: 5/12/2008 12:42 PM ET
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You PITA

BWahahahahahahahhaha. I may start using that.

My teenaged son was loaned the first one by his girlfriend, and he said that it was ok, but not good enough for him to borrow the rest of them.

I've not read them.



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Date Posted: 5/12/2008 4:10 PM ET
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I found Twilight (and its sequels) ridiculous, boring, silly, and overall not very good.  I really don't understand why they are getting such huge acclaim and attention--it baffles me.  Bella is the MOST irritating heroine possibly ever, and I don't understand why people like her, empathize with her, or think she's a laudable role model.  And don't get me started on the silliness that is Edward.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 3:39 PM ET
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Vanessa--I could have written your original post.  I felt exactly the same way.  But, did you know that Edward has cold, marble skin?  I'm not sure if I read that in the book or not, but I think I might have once or twice (or every page, but who's counting).

I figured I better try the second book, since I must be missing out on something because these books are so popular, but I had to quit after five pages, when it was just more of the same.  On the same level as J.K. Rowling?  Hardly.

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 8:35 PM ET
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I liked the books but I didn't think the writing was great. The best description I read was one that said they were like reading "fan fiction" which is when people on the Internet post stories they've written. I guess there are thousands of stories like that based on Harry Potter.

If you're looking for some creative and literary vampire books, I can't say enough good things about Susan Hubbard's The Society of S and The Year of Disappearances. When I first found these, I kind of wondered what was left to do with the whole vampire thing. Susan Hubbard doesn't dissapoint.



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Date Posted: 5/16/2008 4:06 PM ET
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I am with you all. Hated the book. What really got me angry was how weak Bella was as a character. She is so dependent on Edward it seems for everything even her thoughts. My femanist side made me hate this book. 

The only part I liked was lightning baseball. I thought it was a cool scene. I will not be reading any of the other books

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 12:51 AM ET
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Wow, I just saw the trailer for Twilight the movie and I couldn't stop myself from giggling like an idiot. 

ETA: for once I hope they change the book and actually give Bella a spine.



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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 1:04 PM ET
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Hey you guys!!  I just got it from the Library... and now I am not wanting to pick it up.  But I guess I will and see how whiney/weak the characters are :  )

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 1:29 PM ET
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Read it with an open mind, Lita.   I love the series!   If you read for enjoyment, and not necessarily to gain IQ points, you'll enjoy it. :)

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 2:58 PM ET
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LOL Beth... my "IQ" books on the TBR list seem to ALWAYS be at the bottom and stay there :  ).  I will happily read Twilight with an open mind and enjoy :  )

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:11 PM ET
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Let me know how you like it, Lita!   I am a huge fan of the series and always happy to discuss discuss!!

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 4:20 PM ET
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Lita, go ahead and read it....you might love it!  My friend thinks it's the best thing ever.  I certainly love books that other people detest, so you never know.  No one is going to flog you if you like it.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 4:28 PM ET
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I've read the first 2 and enjoyed them both. You have to remember they were written for a YA audience so they aren't going to be too racy.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 5:27 PM ET
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Angela, are you going to read the third one (Eclipse)  ?   And, the fourth (Breaking Dawn) comes out on August 2!

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:03 PM ET
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It wasn't horrible, but I wasn't crazy about it either, and I, like many of you, marvel at how popular the series has become.  Harry Potter it is NOT.

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