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Subject: Twilight
Date Posted: 12/5/2008 5:50 PM ET
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I just read Twilight by Stephenie Meyers. It is more the younger crowd but since I love vampire books, I decided to read it anyways. It was GOOD! I LOVED IT!  I cant wait to see the movie and cant wait to read the sequels.

My son is 14 and when he saw that I had it he laughed and I said hey what is so funny? He said, " Moooooom everyone at school is reading it" and I said, " yeah well so am I and everyone else in the world!" Its like harry potter. it was for younger readers but adults loved it too.

I dont know anything about this author but it would be awesome if she wrote an adult vamp romance book too.

Go buy it! Read it! If you lovve vampire books, I think you will love this one!

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 6:58 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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Stephany Meyers does have an adult book called The Host. its not about vamps but so far I have seen great reviews on it.

I saw the movie, found it to be ok but if you love the book then you'll love the movie.

I just cant stand the whole idea about a perfect guy and all the whiney teen things that went on..LOL

BUT I do think she wrote the book well and all the characters do act their age.

I am going to try and give new moon another try soon.

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 2:09 PM ET
Member Since: 11/15/2008
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I just finished it as well, and I wanted to hate it.  It's over dramatic, full of cliches and its written like a POV exercise for a third person novel.  The lead character is a more like a mirror, an every girl, instead of a full character.  I should have hated the thing.  I did for about 50 pages, and then she sucked me in as well.  For all its flaws the book works.  The overly dramatic nature of it feels like what it actually feels like to be a teenage girl in love, where you think the world ends at least once a day, and think in cliches.  The story is compelling, and there is just enough danger in the hero for him to be interesting.  I know some people have criticized the sexuality of the book, but I think the restrained longing that underlies the story is one thing that Myer did just right.  Young Adult fiction seems to be either too santiized or too gratuitious (ala Gossip Girl); this aknowledges that teenagers feel desire and glorifies the idea of restraint. 

 

I wanted to hate this so much, and now I have to go buy New Moon, because there is no way I can wait for it to crawl up my WL. 

Subject: Host
Date Posted: 12/16/2008 4:43 PM ET
Member Since: 12/16/2008
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I wouldn't say that the Host is an adult book, I would consider it also Young Adult. It reminds me of the animorph series by K.A. Applegate that came out in 1995/96. 

It was an ok/good book, but defintely continues her trend of borrowing from other authors.

I still like her style and would read more from her.

Jodi

Subject: Don't buy the books- use the library if you must read them
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:43 PM ET
Member Since: 10/7/2008
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I don't want to reward her for such poor quality books.  I am amazed that Little & Brown didn't use an editor more vigorously on the books.  I read the first three and listened to the 4th one on CD.  I will agree that the story kept me interested but that didn't make up for the numerous times I wanted to throw the book across the room.  They are full of typos and lots of continuity errors not to mention lame dialog.

I just don't like the unhealthy relationships she glorifies in these stories and the fourth book was down right creepy.  The worst of it is she has been compared to J.K. Rowling, an american version of her.  This is so wrong...if you want good romances, go over to their thread here on PBS or the paranormal romance thread to get some titles to read and compare with these books.  There are many better written novels and better vampire stories, believe me.

ok, I'm off the soapbox now :)

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:48 PM ET
Member Since: 12/16/2008
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"I don't want to reward her for such poor quality books.  I am amazed that Little & Brown didn't use an editor more vigorously on the books.  I read the first three and listened to the 4th one on CD.  I will agree that the story kept me interested but that didn't make up for the numerous times I wanted to throw the book across the room.  They are full of typos and lots of continuity errors not to mention lame dialog.

I just don't like the unhealthy relationships she glorifies in these stories and the fourth book was down right creepy.  The worst of it is she has been compared to J.K. Rowling, an american version of her.  This is so wrong...if you want good romances, go over to their thread here on PBS or the paranormal romance thread to get some titles to read and compare with these books.  There are many better written novels and better vampire stories, believe me.

ok, I'm off the soapbox now :)"

Finally... someone else to speak up against these books! Thank you! I agree with everyone you said. The books are aimed at teenagers, who are very vulnerable and easily persuaded... yet these books speak of love/romance at adult levels, and dying for the person you love (when you're a teen?!) And the typos and errors frustrated me to the point of wanting to rip some of the pages out. I respect her as an author, I just believe she needs alot more experience (and a better editor!). I'm glad I'm not the only one being sucked into the hype of these books. :)

Kate -
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 1:33 PM ET
Member Since: 8/28/2008
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