Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Twilight rant

This is the kind of crappy, awkward prose I was subjected to on the train today:

I should be avoiding him entirely after my brainless and embarrassing babbling yesterday. And I was suspicious of him; why should he lie about his eyes? I was still frightened of the hostility I sometimes felt emanating from him, and I was still tongue-tied whenever I pictured his perfect face. I was well aware that my league and his league were spheres that did not touch. So I shouldn't be at all anxious to see him today.

So in this paragzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

See what happened? I fell asleep again after reading it a second time! Besides the endless exposition, Meyer also violates the "show, don't tell" edict. Instead of showing us how good-looking Edward is, she tells us. Endlessly. His "perfect" face. His "glorious" face. His "stunning" face (the latter two within a couple of sentences of each other). I'm skeptical. He must be pretty ugly if she keeps trying so hard to convince me.

I'm going to give this book until page 100 and if it still does not give me any kind of satisfaction, I am chucking it.

And if you're a fan, please don't send me hate mail!

Lastly, to see what great YA fiction is like, I recommend Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene. A classic.

ETA: Since the time I wrote this post, I have subsequently eaten my words. Upon further reading, I have done a total 180 degree turnaround, and have become an obsessive Twilight fan. And I mean obsessive. I ended up absolutely loving these books, mostly because I fell in love with Edward.There are subsequent posts on this blog where I talk (er, gush) about each of the books, so look for them if you're interested.

6 comments:

Protege said...

Isn't it just so disappointing to pick up a book that has gotten great reviews, to find it is boring and doesn't manage to capture one's interest at all? I have also bought such books in the past. In fact, one was so bad, that after getting through half of it, I went onto a big online site that sells books and left a bad review about it. I found out, that about 80% of other reviewers hated the book to. Perhaps something for you to consider doing as well?

Tracy said...

Hi, Hazel! Great to be back in blogland (still getting over jet lag though--lol!) and visiting...good to catch up with you! :o) Nothing worse than a disappointing book! I don't bother continuing reading a book that does not fully captivate my imagination and attention. Books that are over-hyped arouse my suspcion...I wait a good year or two after the book's arrive and buzz and then read...but only if I like it ;o) Here's to better reading!! ((HUGS))

Hazel Designs said...

Hi Protege! I've left bad reviews on Amazon for books I've hated in the past too (isn't it so liberating?) but, I'm too chicken to do it with this book because it has such a rabid following! But maybe I'll get up the courage to do it anyway :)

Hazel Designs said...

Hi Tracy, welcome back!! I like your idea of waiting a while for the hype to die down...I think I'll do this the next time! I'm going over to visit your blog now...

Miss Diagnosed said...

I LOVE Summer of My German Soldier! That was one my my favorite coming of age stories!

Hazel Designs said...

Miss D, I don't know anyone else who has read German Soldier. Wow...that's awesome!!!!