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09 May 2008 @ 11:15 am
Brief thoughts on teen books, Buffy knock-offs, and whatnot.  
I finished Twilight last night, and felt the need to do a lame review on GoodReads. And then share it with you.

Sorry.


"I can't help but feel that there is a dumbing-down happening on the teen bookshelves. Did SVH really need to be revised for today's teenyboppers? No. But they did it anyways, to "attract" a new readership. And now everything that made Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate a fantastic supernatural YA novel, has been watered down and drawn out for 498 pages.

That said, Twilight was just interesting enough to make me want to read the sequel. Certain themes got really annoying after a while, like the author watched BTVS and decided that Angel was her model for the perfect tortured hero:

"No, Buffy Bella! You shouldn't be with me! You should do normal things, like go to Prom! Things that I don't do! Oops, wait, here we are at Prom after all."

Now that I think of the scene, I feel the need to yell at Bella to GROW. THE. FUCK. UP. Oh, woe, you're amazingly hot and sensitive boyfriend took you to Prom. How devastating. Being a martyr is one thing, but only, if, y'know, there's a reason for it.

At least out of all seven seasons, Buffy only demanded Angel drink her blood in that one episode. I have a feeling we won't be so lucky with this series.

On the other hand, I had a mom come into the bookstore where I work and buy all the Twilight Saga books. She even went as far as to order the first book, so her daughter would have the entire series in hardcover (we only had #1 in paperback), and reserved a copy of Breaking Dawn, which comes out in August. And she was willing to do all this, with no hesitation, because this was the first time her daughter had been so excited about reading. FIRST TIME EVER. So just like Harry Potter, if we view Twilight as a gateway drug for better books, read more frequently, then how bad can it really be?"
 
 
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Anna: btvs - destiny freeharshlightning on May 10th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Bella annoyed me throughout the series. I didn't feel like she just was the strong lead female character that she needed to be. Twilight was far better than New Moon and Eclipse though, so be warned! Hopefully you will find more enjoyment in the sequels than I did. I look forward to your reviews of those! :)