Thursday, January 22, 2009

Let's Open A Can Of Worms

Shall we?

Let's talk Twilight.

These books have caused quite a commotion! Almost as much as the Harry Potter books, and that's fairly impressive, especially in our "glued to the screen" society.

I have not read them.

They're really not even on my list.


I know a fair amount about them. I've heard summaries and reviews from various sources. And they are just not my style. And they're long enough, that that's a fair bit of time to devote to something that I'm not all that interested in. (The clip I saw from the movie did not help. Wow that was bad acting.)

And yet people are determined to convince me to read them. Which I find interesting.

I mean, in some ways that's what I do here, right? Try to convince people to read books I enjoyed. But I'd like to think I'm not putting undo pressure on anyone.

So what is it about these books that's causing reader riots? I don't know. I really honestly don't. From everything I've heard about these books, I just can't see why they're such a sensation.

It's just weird.

So-- what do you think? Come on, I know you have an opinion. This is one of those subjects where EVERYONE does!

I opened the can of worms-- go ahead and give it to me.


  1. I say don't read them. I started with Twilight because everyone said I should read them, but I didn't really like it. I finished reading the series for two reasons: 1) I think it's important for me, as an avid reader, to have read something as huge as Twilight. I felt the same way about Harry Potter but ended up really enjoying HP. 2) My friend encouraged me to finish the series so we could do a video about all the horrible things about it. That made the time investment totally worth it.

    So my advice, from a reader to another reader, is don't even bother.

  2. I'm happy to have read them before all this hype. (Well the first two anyway.)

    I say, if you don't want to read them, don't.

    If you give in to curiousity, read them for a fun story, and not to tear them apart.

    I like them. I've totally enjoyed them. But I think of them as fun books and not a matter of life and death as some people seem to do.

  3. Trish-A video about the horrible things about them? Fun.
    I've toyed with the idea of reading them purely because they're huge, but I just can't seem to make myself care.

    Ah, but Suey, some of the life and death stuff is funny. :D

  4. True. I do get a kick out of it!

  5. I read the first one before the hype hit, because my teenage daughters were reading it. Then I finished the series because I was curious about where she'd go owith it. Not the best writing in the world but I like fantasy, so it was okay. I liked her book, The Host, much better--but I think I'm in the minority with that opinion.

  6. They were entertainment, not so much the literary brilliance some people make them out to be. I enjoyed the books, laughed at the movie.