If I got started on Twilight, I would go on for hours...and hours...and hours.
How is 'love story' about a helpless heroine and a controling hero appealing? Seriously, if your daughter if brought home a guy like Edward, you would be afraid, forget the vampire part. I understand that young love is very different and obsessive and that type of way - after all, I was young and in love once to.
With that being said, yes, I totally got sucked into Twilight after watching the move first. But, after reading it once and then again I changed my tune about the story, it's characters, the theme, and above all - the writing.
Oh, I know she's sold millions and millions of copies and yes, I'm jealous. But the one thing that bothers is that fact that she repeatedly did what us romance writers are told not to do. Over describe hero attributes (again, and again, and again, and again). It may be a YA thing, I don't know - I don't read enough of it. But my gag relfex started after reading so many times about Edwards long cold fingers, or his liquid topaz eyes.
And Bella is not a heroine by romance standards. Again, it may be YA thing.
I can tell you what Stephanie Meyer did right: she found a niche that hadn't been filled. And she filled it - big time. An intriquing and complicated love story that pulled young readers (and adults alike) into a story about the unattainable guy that the average girl snagged. If you dig deeper into the relationship, it's not really a good/healthy one, but I digress.
Check out my blog to see how Twilight changed my life, I'm big enough to admit it - but I'm still sticking my head in the sand:http://justine-dell.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... iting.html
Stephanie played on teenagers inner emotions. The need to be wanted, needed, accepted eventhough you are different, loved in a way that that only that special someone can (eventhough it's not real
). Playing on what you want but never can have; your deepest longing to have the unknown. Obsession. Kudos to her for a job well done.
But, I thought the first book was a train wreck. New Moon was better. Eclipse was my favorite and Breaking Dawn is in a league all it's own. For those of you who have read it, you know what I mean ;-)