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The Phenomenon That is Twilight

There are a great number of Twilight-haters out there, and in many was I can be classified as one of them, but the honest truth is that many of us who now hate Twilight were once fans.

The Twilight series was recommended to me by my aunt who knew I liked vampire books (I liked vampires before they became insanely popular, thank you very much). This was way back when there were only two books out in the series and not everyone was quite so in love with them. I read the first book and the thing that really caught my attention was Bella Swan, she seemed like such a normal person and did some embarrassing things I can totally see myself doing. I don’t think I’ve read another book where the main character was quite like Bella. Most heroines are either beautiful or have a superpower. Bella on the other hand was a bit of a klutz and had an embarrassing habit of blushing at everything, I could really relate to her.

Ironically, before Twilight was written, people thought I was crazy for reading books about vampires and other frightening creatures of the night, but I kept reading them anyway. I loved the excitement and adventure, vampire books were way more fun to read than the boyfriend/girlfriend books all of my friends were into. Sadly, this was not to last as long as I thought. About two months before the fourth book came out was when I really started to notice everyone carrying around unusually thick books with apples on the cover. The books I read (again before Twilight) were also much thicker than the ones my friends read, and don’t think I didn’t get some comments on those too, “How can you read all of that?” and “I could never finish a book that size!” to name a few. It amazed me how all of my friends complained about the size of the book we were assigned to read in English class, then read Twilight in a week.

At first it wasn’t so bad that all of my friends wanted to borrow my books, in a way I was honored that they’d ask me for them. After everyone had finished the fourth book things started to get really bad. I’m a person that strives to be different than everyone else so people being obsessed with my genre may have annoyed me more than it would some other people, but come on, Edward Barbie dolls? I ask you.

When the movie came out was about the time Twilight started to turn into a marketing label. I think the movie could have been done better than it was. Considering what a Twilight craze there was, and still is, you’d think they’d have tried to make it as good as it could be. I think Kristin Stewart was a good Bella, and the more I hear abut her the better I like her. She isn’t a diva like Miley Cyrus, she’s just a regular person like her character Bella.

Rob Paterson is a different matter entirely. There was a point last year when at least fifty percent of the girls at my school had Rob Paterson’s face plastered all over their lockers. At the moment it’s about divided in half who thinks Rob Paterson is gorgeous, and who think a cat could have made a sexier Edward. I personally have to go with the cat but that’s just me.

Overall I think Twilight is a good series but it has become just another moneymaker to a lot of people. Stephanie Meyer is a great writer but Twilight has just become too commercialized, in my humble opinion.

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Lexie96 said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm
I'm completely with you on the whole being different thing. I loved Twilight so much when I was the only person who I knew who was into it. Then others, who I really did not like, started obsessing over it and pre-k students wore shirts and it just got out of hand. I really love, btw, that you didn't go all hater on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's acting.
SophiaCross said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 12:22 pm
I agree with you. I think they made a mistake making the movie. They have already over-done it.
imrighthereyouknow said...
Jun. 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm
i'm with you on not liking twilight, but for different reasons. of course, i loved it for a while. but then i really started to dislike bella. she was way too obsessed with a guy. her whole world revolved around Edward. really bella, get some independence. it's just a guy. what did she see in him again? plus, bella should've gone with jacob... he was way better in every way.
magic-esi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 20, 2010 at 9:36 am
While I never liked Twilight and I thought that the writing was mediocre, you make a very good point. Turning a book into something for the media to abuse is never good. I remember that Harry Potter almost fell into this whirlpool of the media, which was twice as bad because Harry Potter is actually written well. Speaking of good writing, your article is REALLY good and what I like about it is that it managed to grasp my attention. As in, I managed to get all the way through it without staring i... (more »)
wixchick said...
Feb. 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm
I disagree, I think the story is great, the writing however, is where Stephanie loses me entirely. Bella Swan is also a bit too bland and not self-confident enough. I was just like you and feel the same way, but am now permanently a hater.
thetiedyecrayon replied...
Feb. 25, 2010 at 6:12 am
I agree with you in that Bella was too boring and "bleh". I felt as if their world was a little too perfect and shallow. The most realistic character, in my point of view, is Alice. She is fun to read about, even though she may be beautiful and equipped with super-powers.
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