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    "People look at an oil painting and admire the use of brushstrokes to convey meaning. People look at a graffiti painting and admire the use of a drainpipe to gain access."
    ~Banksy


    Thursday, August 21st, 2008

    Review of Twilight


    With the release date of the Twilight movie in just a few more months, I figure I might as well give my opinion on the book. I say book, rather than books because the first one was so ridiculous that I couldn't bear picking up another.

    Warning, there may be spoilers!

    I will admit, the story was pretty good and I could NOT put the book down until I finished it. The beginning was slow as hell and I thought I was going to hate it, but after the first couple of chapters I got into it. However, I couldn't get over these things:

    1. Why in the hell is Bella so stupid and clumsy and ridiculous? I guess I'm just not fond of helpless female characters in general--the whole damsel in distress thing makes me want to puke (can you tell I've since read Catcher in the Rye?), but Jesus...she really overdoes it. Every time she turns around she is getting into some crazy situation.
    2. Who really would be totally fine with someone you barely know sneaking into your house in the middle of the night to watch you sleep? Honestly, I think I would find it creepy if Brett sat up and watched me sleep all night, and we have been together for two years.
    3. I've read vampire novels before--among other things, I read nearly all of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles before I lost interest--and I have never seen any of them make vampire-human relationships seem so creepy. I really can't explain how it is done here, but am I the only one who thinks that a 100-something year-old man and a 17 year-old girl falling in love is a little gross? Which brings me to my next point:
    4. Who the hell is Edward anyway? There is no indication of what makes Edward so awesome and worthy of Bella's love EXCEPT for the fact that he is a glamorous vampire, always saving her from certain death -- half of which was due to his involvement in her life to begin with. Think of it this way: if he weren't a vampire, and were instead a hobbling, wrinkled old man, would Bella really be in love with him? OR even this: even if he WAS 18 (or whatever age he pretends to be), but wasn't a vampire, would she be in love with him then?
    5. Why is it okay for Bella to constantly treat her parents like shit? I know I have lied to my parents, but I would never lie to them about something as serious as my being near death. Fell down some stairs--are you kidding me? Although maybe I am thinking from the wrong point of view. Instead of feeling sorry for her parents (especially her dad), maybe I should be siding with Bella. I guess if my parents were that naive and idiotic I would take advantage of them too.

    So..although I will likely not be reading any more of the series, I will probably go see the movie. Like I said, it wasn't the story I have a problem with, it's the characters, and hopefully the actors can make the characters into real people.


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