In light of our movie lists, this one is a work of art. There are many that I am adding to my ‘to watch’ list. It sadly lacks the delights of Bronte or Austen interpretations, for me, but there are many gems, nonetheless. What’s missing here for you?
My encounters with Twilight
Back in 2008, I was sitting around with a group of friends, all mothers of daughters, and we were discussing stocking fillers for Xmas. I wanted books for my daughter and their suggestion was to try out Twilight. The movie had just been released but it really was pre-hype days. However, all four of the books were on the market and reasonable prices so they seemed like a sensible idea.
I am not sure why I trusted the recommendation of the mother’s in question. We’d been drinking. We drank a lot. And ate. And crafted. Sometimes all at the same time. I think it is important to note that sequins, hot glue guns and alcohol don’t always mix. However, we did sometimes give each other good advice and they were right about the books.
My, then 12 year old, daughter devoured them. The first two in two days, the third a week later and I made her wait for the fourth for a month. When I read them she returned the favor by lending the fourth book to a friend. I thought I was going to die until that book arrived back in our house. I devoured them a further 4 or 5 times and spent at least six months pretending my car was an Audi while I drove around with the Twilight soundtrack blaring. Side note: Slug Boy’s ring tone is SuperMassive Black Hole. Think about it.
According to popular mythology Stephenie had the story come to her in a dream. I wanted to drink what she was drinking. For the next couple of years I toyed with some paranormal ideas and read some other paranormal romances – that was how I discovered Felicity Heaton and Cynthia Eden. Those angels, demons and other-worldly beings made me want to walk on the wild side. I’ve never really been a bad boy biker girl but they took me there.
Why people don’t like Twilight
Edward, the hero, was criticized because he was the boyfriend that no parent wanted for their daughter. However, for all his failings, Edward, stayed true to his core values. Values that would have been significant to the era in which he had been born. So, even though he was a stalker, he would protect Bella‘s life and innocence for as long as he could. The old-fashioned other-worldliness of Edward enabled me to forgive Stephenie for making him sparkly. Oh, hell who am I kidding? I would have happily given him a liberal sprinkling of glitter myself (see previous note about crafting, sequins and hot glue guns).
And Bella was seen as … well …
For some reason Bella was seen as being incredibly weak and one dimensional. She apparently let Eward make all the decisions and control the relationship. But I would argue that there are a lot of teenage girls who are exactly like Bella, even when they don’t want to admit it. Socially awkward, slightly isolated for no reason other than their lack of self-confidence, perhaps making not great choices in boyfriends. And there are a lot of teen boys who are slightly obsessed with their first loves to the point of some slightly unreasonable behaviors. I’m not sure that the people who criticized the relationship really read or understood it.
If they had read all of the books thoroughly – and let’s face it even if they had looked at the things Bella did to protect and save Edward in the first story – then they would have seen her as a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, working out how to be both true to herself and her relationship. And Bella pretty much kicked ass all the way through the stories. She just developed and evolved as time went on and her confidence grew. Something that a Mary Sue character doesn’t get to do very much.
I’m pretty sure that those who have attacked the stories the most have been women who grew up in the age of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the ultimate Mary Sue. The relationship was termed as being abusive and controlling.
I think they missed the point that she was a human dealing with a vampire, not a vampire slayer with superhuman powers. She was right to be scared, he was right to set the boundaries until they could work out how they could be together. She did, however, step into the vampire world, took on a few that seriously wanted to kill her, dealt with a gang of werewolves, rode motorbikes, cliff dived, fought to keep a fetus that was killing her and saved her family from being killed. I’m fairly sure that is pretty damn proactive on the kickass heroine front.
There were also people who just hated Twilight because it was chick-lit or gay. There were going to be haters no matter what.
Influence on the cultural landscape
Twilight spawned an entire fan fiction stream that seemed to have a life beyond anything anyone could possibly conceive. While there have always been fan fictions that have made it to publication, the sheer number and breadth of what came out of and continues to emerge from the fanfiction.net and twcs Twilight communities was/is like none other. Pulled to seems to be a term that has been attributed to this fanfic community. Some paranormal authors (Anne Rice, JR Ward) have resisted fan fiction. Stephenie has celebrated it.
Twilight has brought us such books as Fifty Shades of Grey, Wallbanger, Poughkeepsie, Beautiful Bastard and Gabriel’s Inferno among many others. And of course, the movie brought us…
If you are here on my blog because of a love all things FSOG and you have never read Twilight then you really should check the books out. I recognised Twilight in FSOG before I knew it was fan fiction or even what fan fiction was.
Stephenie has often courted controversy as an author, but love her or hate her, she has made an extraordinary contribution to the cultural landscape. Find out more about her at her website.
- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (mchllmdm.wordpress.com)
- The Most Popular Words in Harry Potter, The Hunger Games & Twilight (mediabistro.com)
- Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer (yawebprototype.wordpress.com)
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (yawebprototype.wordpress.com)
- The Twilight Series and Stephenie Meyer (yafictionwriters.wordpress.com)
- Twilight Saga Film (brownasharee.wordpress.com)
- Prom Nights from Hell by: Meg Cabot,Stephenie Meyer,Kim Harrison,Michele Jaffe,Lauren Myracle (snowwinterwriter.wordpress.com)
- Slideshow: Kristen Stewart promotes “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” in Japan (examiner.com)
- paranormal tours mondial：Forks, Washington (paranormaltours.wordpress.com)
- On Twilight Haters (worldswithinpages.wordpress.com)
She is funny, she is irreverent, she is Wonder Alice!! She also has a seriously cool blogging award for risking brain damage by reading FSoG. This means that I don’t want to like her but….I really do. 🙂
Hi! My name is E.L. Ja . . . Bambi Vagina. I’m just your average stunningly beautiful 21-year-old college student in China studying to become a veterinarian. I’ve always loved kids, so it seemed like such a cute idea to cut them up! I live in this totally awesome apartment that is like better than anything you will ever live in so I don’t have to describe it. Think sandstone. There’s a lot of that. Bricks too.
My roommate is Kimberly Kardishipan and she is just so annoying cause like she lets me mooch off her but doesn’t appreciate it. Today I have to do some stupid interview thingy with this really hot rich guy cause she went and got sick. I told her not to eat Taco Bell. My life is so HARD.
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I love the specificity of this. Tantamount to “you suck, because I said so, so there!”
I just got nominated for another one. Thanks Nate. Now, there are a couple of people who I am sure will be up for this challenge. Stay posted!
Back in February I got nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Speaking Out On Nate
I was so excited at the time. A nomination? Me? My little blog had at that stage only been going for three months and this felt like Christmas all over again. In anticipation of the award ceremony I went out and bought a new frock. Very sexy, very hot, very inspiring. And then I waited…and waited…and waited. I figured after a couple of weeks that I hadn’t won.
Then the other day Nate posted about Blogging Awards and how they work. That if you are nominated you have won. I didn’t know. All this time I could have had this beautiful badge floating around my blog. I could have taken a photo of myself in the frock accepting the badge. Or at least pressing enter on my computer.
So I asked him, what is the statute of limitations on award acceptances? There was an insane conversation about having a cactus thrust upon one’s person and before it got too kinky I made a decision that I would accept this award if for no other reason than I am an eternal show off who needs public affirmation and I have a couple of people who I would just love to give a shout out.
Here are the rules of the award:
1.) Display the award logo on your blog.
2.) Link back to the person who nominated you.
3.) State 7 things about yourself.
4.) Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
5.) Notify those bloggers of the nomination by linking to one of their specific posts so that they get notified by ping back.
This is the one rule I don’t follow. Too much of a pain in the butt notifying people via comment.
Nate said that last bit. I have tried to link. I’m not sure how successful I have been cos some things about technology and bloggasming still elude me and I am too old and lazy to learn how to do it properly.
Cover Your Eyes 7 More Things Nobody Needs to Know About Me (A Nate Title if ever I heard one)
- I’m a jazz baby. I am a nut for the American Songbook and I love vocalese and vocal groups. So much so that I own every recording that the Manhattan Transfer have ever recorded. I get chills when I listen to Count Basie. My Dad once toured with Duke Ellington. I have shaken Buddy Rich‘s hand, had a drink with Richie Cole, seen Dizzy Gillespie perform live and been in an audience singalong with Sarah Vaughan performing at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York. These are some of the highlights of my life.
- My music collection exceeds 300Gb. Almost every genre is represented and almost all of it has been legitimately purchased. No one could possibly listen to that much music you say? Try me.
- My kids and I are complete movie nuts – so much so that we often talk in quotes, confusing everyone around us. Monty Pythonisms are often used to end arguments (is this the full half hour or the five minute argument?).
- I suffer with crippling self-doubt about everything I do. It is the reason why I constantly have an exit strategy, why I haven’t sung professionally in 12 years, or danced even longer. It is the reason why I haven’t written the type of book that I really want to write yet and why I think about pulling the plug on this blog and my fanfic at least half a dozen times per week.
- TMI. I didn’t experience a vaginal orgasm until after I read FSoG. I need no other excuse for loving the books so much and creating a blog in their honor. (Given the content of No.4 I am wondering why I have told you this and will most likely delete it before going to press.)
- I get addicted to shit really fast and thoroughly. I get addicted to the worlds around books, to video games, to technologies, to tv series, music and movies. My current addiction is the FSoG FanFic group and everything associated with my fanfic world. It is so bad that I have to remove myself from the internet to get work done. I have been known to forget my children whilst in the midst of an addictive phase. They haven’t eaten for six weeks.
- My family is not allowed to read my blog but I am pretty sure that my folks are secretly chuffed that I am finally working towards the book that I have always wanted to write. Which is why my Dad sends me strange FSoG related material and that just freaks me out. STOP READING MY BLOG, DAD! PERVERT!
The bloggers I nominate are:
- Lashell Collins
- 30 Nights Of Snow
- Squirrelly Writer
- Lady or Not…Here I Come
- Fifty Shades of Grey – the story continues
- fifty shades of grey and more
- Snarky Snatch
- Love Lust and Laptops
- Author C.A.White
- Poetic Passions
- Go Jules Go
There are others that I would like to nominate and if I ever get nominated again I will certainly make sure these people are recognized. However, this very eclectic list are the bloggers who
paid me popped into my head are holding my children hostage best represent the ideas, humor and talent that I find inspirational and so I share this award with them.
Now go forth and stalk them!