February 2nd, 2009

Ed reading - kanji

Twilight

I finished Twilight this morning. It's ... cute. And yeah, I can see why it's so popular with teenage girls. But I kept finding myself reading like a writer. I'm not sure exactly why. But if the story can't grab me and keep me reading like a reader, then the book's not doing its job.

It really does read like Mary-Sue fanfiction. Which I think is part of its appeal. What teenage girl doesn't want to be Bella, the awkward nobody who suddenly becomes OMGPOPULAR and has Mr. Gorgeous Vampire falling all over her? I felt like I was reading one of my teenage fantasies (except for the popularity part; that sounds more like a nightmare). Problem is, most of the fantasies I had as a teenager wouldn't make for good writing. The book was a little too heavy on the wish fulfillment for my tastes.

And, I'm sorry, but I can't take the sparkling thing seriously. I like for there to be logic behind my fantasy, and that smacks of nothing more than "Oooh, wouldn't that be cool??" Why the hell would they sparkle?

Will I read the rest of the series? Eh... my reading list is already a mile long.