I was wondering today whether there’s anyone else out there who hasn’t read Twilight? I feel like a huge minority, and yet I still can’t bring myself to pick it up!
I’m aware of the argument that I can’t possibly judge it until I’ve read it, but I now feel as if I’m almost being forced into reading it, and forming that opinion.
I have both writer and reader friends – some who like it, and some who feel it’s poorly written. Then there are a few who agree that it’s poorly written, and yet they still like it. It’s confusing!
Beyond that is the amazing way that the hype built up – was it clever marketing, or pure damn luck? And that is one of the main reasons for my frustration with this series.. I know some very good writers who can’t seem to get the recognition they deserve, and yet one of the most popular books around is apparently not that well written.
So maybe it’s not about the writing? Is there something in the storyline that teens (in particular) seem to want to grab hold of? I understand the book to be rather ‘sweet’.. does this mean that our youngsters today are actually fed up with our harsh world, filled with gangs and knives etc, and are craving something else?
I do remain a little divided.. there’s a part of me which wants to read the books, so that I am able to make that decision and judgement for myself. But at the same time, I don’t really want to support an author who’s probably got more money than she deserves, nor do I want to waste my time when there are so many other books calling out for my attention.
So, a few questions..
For those of you who have read the books, when did you pick them up, and was it just because of the hype? And what are your honest thoughts, good or bad?What exactly is the pull of these books?
Anyone else who hasn’t read them yet.. what are your reasons, and do you think you’ll give in?