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Dear Twilight Haters,

The Twilight saga has been a bestseller since 2005. However, the series was not officially popular in till first movie release in late 2008, when sales sky rocketed selling 17 million copies. Currently the film adaptation of New Moon, the second storey in the saga, will be in theaters on November 20. The movie has been highly expected by primarily teenaged fans. Many teenagers are memorized by the concept of vampires, love, and lust. I think that the success of the novel is overrated. Stephanie Meyer has an eloquent voice as a writer, the plot and characters fail to meet the standards of a romance novel in my eyes. I also think that the films have cause the saga to become more like a franchise then novels (I notice more girls are infatuated with Edwards Cullen, and think that he is a reflection of Robert Pattinson.)

Not to be stereotypical, but romance novels target a female audience. Therefore the female protagonist must be dynamic and show growth through out the novel. Many examples of this are Scarlet O'Hara (Gone with the Wind) and Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice). Notice I did not mention Bella Swan. The book begins with Bella moving to Forks Washington, she is quiet and typical. Then when she meets Edward Cullen she learns the meaning of love. However after she learns the secret of the Cullen family she still thinks that the world would stop spinning if she could not have her precious Edward. She really doesn't grow as a protagonist which is a vital part of a novel. The characters also fall flat. In all novels there are round characters (main characters that can be described well.) and flat characters (minor characters that have a vague description.) In the book the Cullen Family is descried to be dazzling, and Edward is said to be beautiful. However intelligent word choice was used, Edward's description is superficial and vague.

The novel is also very anticlimactic. Most plots follow a simple structure where there are rising actions. An example in the novel would be when Bella moves to Forks, or when Bella and Edwards sit beside each other in class. Eventually these events rise to a point of suspense, also know as the climax. There, really is not a suspenseful climax nor is it poignant. (Bella doesn't really come to face with any danger after she learns the Cullen's secret because she is protected by Edward.) The premise of the plot is extremely generic. People are awed by creativity of a vampire love storey. However vampires were first created by Bram Stoker in 1897. Romance novels were around before even that. The combination of vampires and romance were first formed by L.J. Smith, writer of The Vampire Diaries. In the Vampire Diaries a high school girl is torn amoung the romance of two vampire brothers. Therefore the concept of vampires in love really is not that original and the plot is anti-climatic.

I cannot comprehend why Twilight gets the amount of praise that it does. The characters lack either roundness or diversity. The plot is shallow, and the concept is common. Therefore is all the success because it is a brilliantly orchestrated work, or because it has been a franchise .
Yours Truly, Blank

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Sassafrax said...
Jan. 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm:
i totally agree, i'm a twilight hater but i have to respect that it sold a billion copies, and i believe Meyer knew what her audience (lust filled teenage girls) wanted and she just poured descriptions in her books, and that's how the money came in.
so i think that the series hit the spot, but was written BADLY. and lately, i thought rob patterson was hot, then he turned into that "MARRY ME EDDIE!!!" franchise and that kinda turned me off
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NothingCanProvokeFearButFearItself said...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm:
i love this.......i have one kind of like it, except its just posted as twilight......if u want, u can read it.......its my own personal opinion
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ajparker said...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 5:37 pm:
if you hate twilight scroll down and read what i put
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1995_girl said...
Nov. 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm:
I intentionally made the tittle misleading because I thought people would have a notion based upon the vaule of the saga. I didn't want the readers perspective to alter his/or her understand of the message I was trying to convey. Therefore I wanted the tittle to seem nutrual.
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KaplunkyMonkey said...
Nov. 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm:
I agree that Twilight is hugely (though not mysteriously) overrated.
Your title is a little misdirecting. I read your article until the last paragraph thinking you were going to set up a defense for Twilight.
NothingCanProvokeFearButFearItself replied...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm :
i believe that was the point
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tokio123 said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 8:22 pm:
If this point of the article is so unclear how come so many people can understand it?
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Tashia said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm:
This articles point does come across very well, but it isn't well written. It is, in comparison, very like the Twilight saga. No offense to the author, Blank. For the lovers of the Twilight books, this article is not meant to offend you. This is the opinion of one person, please take this in stride. Stephenie Meyer is not a great writer. Point blank. If you do like Vampire series' please direct your attention toward Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. They are beautifully written and ... (more »)
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fedram said...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm:
i not only hated the books and movie. but i loved this article. it disgusts me that people are all over "EDWARD CULLEN" hes not THAT great! sheesh
ajparker replied...
Nov. 29, 2009 at 5:17 pm :
you forgot the fact that he is ugly
BrielleM-JustAnotherOwl- replied...
Mar. 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm :
You forgot the fact that you are pathetic. Honestly? Why judge a guy based on his looks?
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:@ :@ ! said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm:
umm,, christina you dink! this is not true (N) we shall discuss this on the weekend! and i will defend my love (oh thanks for calling me a sqealing girl) : @ and i am very proud of my love of twilight saga and will defned it when we talk later! (stop writing hateful things, i take full offense!) okayy, ttyl love ya (but still mad) ;)
xoxox replied...
Nov. 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm :
ahaha,,, shhh! bella doesn't know that were dating ;) and yess i have a boyfriend, but edward is really brought to life by robert pattinson (which is why i like him) and anyway christina, i know for a fact, hasnt read all the books so she cant be writing and opinion essay to something she knows nothing about. and everyone knows the installments are meant to go together and be as one continued story. and she needs to find better things to do then right essay and extra work in her spare ti... (more »)
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psshhh said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm:
wooowww, o my god ive been waiting so long for someone to write something like this. it was ok when i read the series before the movie came out but then everyone read it and started obssessing and squealing about 'edward cullen' personnally, when i read the book, i liked jacob better.
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Rose said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm:
When I first spotted the name of this article my first thought was some twerd(twilight nerd) was mad about people not absolutely loving Twilight. Then I read it and I was happy, it was somebody else that did not like the book. I read the first one shortly after it came out and thought it was okay. Then I read the second one and stopped reading it because it bored me out of my mind. I am a fan of vampire stories but this one just did not live up to my expectations. It has given vampire romance st... (more »)
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Lenaforver said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm:
I agree. I mean I'm a fan of Twilight but I'm not obsessed and it disgusts me for all these girls who squeal at the top of their lungs. Thank you for writting this. and the books are poorly written.
XoxO replied...
Nov. 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm :
(y)(y)(y)(y) agreed (y)(y)(y)
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L0xxo said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm:
FINALLY SOME ONE WHO AGREES WITH ME. I don't understand why everyone is obsessed with this not-so-amazing book series and movies. It's refreshing to hear from someone with some common sense for once.
I LOVE EDWARD replied...
Jan. 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm :
I'll tell you why.As a huge Twilight fan I am so shocked!!!I guess you have a right to express your self,but KEEP YOUR RUDE THOUGHTS TO YOUSELVES.Anyway,as a teenage girl I don't understand much,and I thought I hated reading.That was until I read Twilight .I was fasinated.I still am even though I have read the series a thousand times.(by da way,it was not supposed to have a meaning it is not some educational book!!!!!)Everytime I understand more and more about what "love" ca... (more »)
Fraryfox replied...
Dec. 21, 2010 at 10:15 am :

"As a teenage girl I don't understand much and I hated reading"? I'm sorry, but what!?? Try not to insult every teenage girl on the planet while you're admiting to have sub-par inteligence please.

Before you go around accusing others of being incapable of writing properly, I'd take a look at your own post- especially if you want to be a writer one day. Start with meaning, because every piece of writing- romance novel or textbook- has one. Mine for example, is to critize your absolute i... (more »)

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