The sentence by sentence mood changes, hyper self consciousness and uber reactivity is driving me nuts. I am about half way through and I don't think I'm going to make it.
Does it get better? Should I persevere or give up?
Didn't read the rest of the series. Watched half the first movie. If you are a fast reader go ahead, but if this is taking serious time away from you reading better things, stop. It read very fast to me because of the bloggy tone.
Now, very good teen vampire romance is the Vampire Academy series. The first is easily identifiable in that it is actually named Vampire Academy. It is Buffy meets Harry Potter, but I actually marveled at how derivative it was without feeling at all derivative.
[This message edited by ladyvorkosigan at 11:20 AM, December 16th (Friday)]
Also, totally Team Jacob, even if he is a giant douche in Eclipse....
But can you describe what it is that you found compelling, emotionally? Like, what exactly was floating this gigantic boat? Obviously I get what floats romance boats but was it really that he watched her sleep or that "Do I dazzle you?" line?
I got to thinking that it could also be that the boy is worshiped as a object of beauty and that's his job, just to be rich and beautiful...and since I didn't read any further I could be wrong, but Jacob shot up like 2 feet or something, so it was his job to be enormous and physical and manly? And Bella was overwhelmingly attractive purely because of her *smell*? She was average looking, average in most ways, maybe even a bit chunky, but she appealed to what is probably the most primal sense for some reason, so that was her in? He was all staring at her in chemistry (okay, I get it, it's *chemistry*, damn) class like he hated her but it's really because her smell was making him nuts? What was Jacob's excuse? Was it also smell?
If this is the case, I can see how it would be refreshing. It takes a lot of time to be beautiful. It takes a lot of time to maintain an amazing body. But if it's just about the way you innately smell, hell, you probably don't even have to *shower*.
[This message edited by ladyvorkosigan at 11:52 AM, December 16th (Friday)]
I like vampires who are vampires, and I can't stand the overload of teen angst.
The books do not get better, and the whole thing about hearing Edward's disembodied voice in the 2nd (?) book was annoying. Apparently, Bella was in need of a good counselor.
"When you can tell the story and it doesn't bring up any pain, you know it is healed." - Iyanla Vanzant, Broken Pieces
"Do I dazzle you?"
Please tell me it doesn't really say that anywhere...
Look my fav books are Brave New World, War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice, amongd other classics.
But I am a sucker for this trash.
Be strong women. Do not hate yourselves for loving the weakness that is vampire lust.
You know these vampires sparkle in the sun, right?
[This message edited by JustDone at 5:21 PM, February 22nd (Wednesday)]
However, I eagerly bought the second book. It started to collect dust, never even cracked it. The first answered my questions. One day I looked at the second book and said to myself, "whatever possessed you to buy it? You are never going to read it." I took it to work and gave it away.
[This message edited by positively4thst at 9:24 PM, December 17th (Saturday)]
But I couldn't stick with it so I told myself reading Vampire Academy in trade paperback on a plane while being a 39-yo overweight brunette dressed in obvious head to toe Kohl's was an adequate substitute.
[This message edited by ladyvorkosigan at 1:51 AM, December 18th (Sunday)]
They aren't books I would reread, and I've only seen the first 2 movies...
I'll read and watch my Pride and Prejudice anyday!
I hate that Bella can't focus on what her friend says to her, the words just go into a blur because all she can think about is the boy.
I hate when this has happened with my girlfriends IRL!
I finished it but it was painful!
[This message edited by InnerLight at 11:38 AM, December 18th (Sunday)]
You are right on about that. This series is not exactly pro-woman. The addictive love thing bothered me a lot too. The stalker aspects of Edward are disturbing. How helpless she is. How much she needs protecting. Not exactly a role model for young women.
I had no interest in it at all, then my two dd's had me get all caught up in it and I had to take them to the movies to see them....then my girls grew up and did not even want to see the last two movies but I am addicted so I have to go.....
I didn't read them for a commentary on feminism and women's rights (I am actually a strong advocate on women's rights.) I am just a plain old sucker for eternal and neverending love.
Oh, and btw, I usually hate romance novels, they bore me to tears. I guess it was the vampire theme or something that hooked me here....well, plus the curiosity of how vampires work in the "real" world, the part the werewolves played, the nasty evil vampiress, and how that baby was going to turn out!
[This message edited by NaiveAgain at 6:38 PM, December 18th (Sunday)]
I thought the writing was awful. She did get the description of depression exactly right in the 2nd book.
I truly hated the last book. Truly. I slogged through it because I'd made it through the other 3, and I damn well was going to FINISH the freakin' series.
My W read them all, and she waited in line twice, I think, to get them when they first came out.
I go to the movies with her because I love her, and none of our other friends will go with her to see those stupid movies.
2 DSs, ages 9 and 7