New Moon came out 2nd. ;) Eclipse was 3rd. *G*
They're not... terrible. Well okay, they are. They're horrible Mary Sue Mormon teenage sex fantasies.
I still want to see the movie to see how bad it is!
Oops, you're right; fixed.
I will admit to enjoying reading them to some degree. They are awful, but in an amusing sort of way. And, yes, I will be going to the movie.
2008-11-22 11:56 pm (UTC)
Yup. Love my kids.
2008-11-23 12:06 am (UTC)
You've raised a good girl. :)
Love your icon. I would also add that a good "children's" book is one an adult can enjoy just as much.
I wanted to go through and edit them all for shittiness and overuse of the word "dazzle" and any of its variations. I swear to you, I've read better fanfiction than those books. Eugh.
I don't think I used the word "dazzle" in my NaNovel once. If I did, ti was something like describing the stars as "dazzling" or some such thing. "Dazzle." There are better words.
I automatically regard any work that has facebook flair created for it by adoring fans with suspicion.
I mean, I like the Rowling universe...but I don't need to live there.
I enjoyed the first three books. They were fluffy and superficial and simple. The last book is a horrible abomination of the wrongest sorts of fanfic cobbled together to form a "cohesive" story (and I use cohesive lightly).
The movie was pretty bad in some spots and took itself too seriously. There are some excellent scenes, but as a whole it's kind of... eh. I'll probably add it to my "movies to watch when I'm cranky and tired" list, along with Ever After, Big Fish and Monty Python.
My general feeling on the Twilight phenomenon is that it's a good thing in that for once Christian/Mormon parents are encouraging their children to read fiction rather than discouraging them from it.
Also, isn't it sorta awesome that there is a bunch of religious books where the main female character has sexual urges and isn't made to feel bad about them?
And isn't it great that for once in teenage literature it's the guy who is urging abstinence while the girl wants to give in?
I mean, I don't know how old you are, but when I was a kid the female characters in teen literature who had sexual urges were always minor characters who got shit on eventually and it was always the male characters who were trying to screw the main female characters - who in general seemed to be asexual.
I'm far from religious but I do think it's amazing that there are religious based books that can talk about teenage female sexuality and make those girls not feel bad for having those desires.
Sorry for the lousy syntax, I'm in a weird fanboy head while waiting to be able to purchase Chinese Democracy.
It's eating my brain.
My awesome kid, let me show you her. ;-)
I'll give you two copies of my bingo sheets. I made it about 20-30 minutes in before I won a 3-way bingo on "OMINOUS imagery"
Yes!!! I didn't know there were Bingo cards! I saw the drinking game, but it's a real risk for alcohol poisoning.
She is, indeed, most awesome.
Yay Amy for doing her own thinking :-)
Will look forward to hearing her thoughts if she ever gets her own LJ...
She is definitely iconoclastic, that one.
Amy is one smart 16 year old.
I first heard of Twilight from a Mormon 13-year-old who gushed about how amazing it was. Knowing 13-year-olds, I took it with a pound of salt, and then the next time I heard about it was from a friend's LJ, where they talked about how hilariously bad it was, so I decided to steer clear. However, I greatly underestimated just how bad. Now I want to read them because they seem so bad I couldn't possibly like them (I was avoiding them before because I was afraid my romantic side might betray me and I might really like them).
I don't think I'll pay to see the movie, but I might rent it when it comes out on DVD and get drunk and laugh at the ridiculousness.
You've raised an intelligent daughter.
Good for her!
2008-11-24 03:02 am (UTC)
Not in with the hip generation
What is Twilight anyway? All I keep hearing about on TV is this movie coming out. I've obviously missed something.
2008-11-24 05:08 am (UTC)
Re: Not in with the hip generation
Teen vampire love story, series of 4 books. I never would have read without having a teen daughter to point me at it. Stephanie Meyer is the author. a Mormon woman with a batch of kids for whom this was a runaway hit.
I enjoyed the books (and the movie) for waht they were. The best description I've heard (and this is coming from someone in Utah) was "Mormon Porn"... :)
Although good on your daughter for not running iwth the pack, as it were...
Edited at 2008-11-24 07:53 am (UTC)
I did finish them all, and will go see the movie next weekend, but there is a definite level of absurdity to them that increases as the books go on. And yes, I am proud of my daughter for her ability to think for herself.
I've been avoiding the whole series on the grounds that a friend whose opinion I trust has informed me that they would drive me frothingly mad, and I would just want to go into the book and smack sense into characters.