Twilight bashing has become a favorite pastime. After all, who wouldn't cringe when reading cheesy lines such as this:
He lay perfectly still in the grass, his shirt open over his sculpted, incandescent chest, his scintillating arms bare. His glistening, pale lavender lids were shut, though of course he didn’t sleep. A perfect statue, carved in some unknown stone, smooth like marble, glittering like crystal.
From Stephen King, bloggers, to Harry Potter fans, it seems that everyone feels strongly against the popular book quartet. I've read all 4 books and, when I read the book almost 5 years ago, I found Twilight refreshing. The other three books though are a different story. I won't go into the details on why my appreciation for the books waned -- this article does that for me.
Whatever reason you may have for not liking the series, I still admire Stephenie Meyer because of the following:
- Being original - Who would've ever thought to write something about vampires vs. werewolves? Truly a novel concept.
- Fearlessly spitting on folklore - I've always thought vampires were outright scary. But, they're not -- because they sparkle! They don't need to have fangs, too.
- Writing winning characters who take control of their destinies - Rather than write about a heroine who actually has skills (and a personality), she comes up with a character who simply pops up everytime the heroine needs help. Simply brilliant!
- Eliminating flaws in the hero - Why settle for flawed characters when you can develop a protagonist who's beautiful and perfect! And who sparkles!
- Having a witty writing style - See italicized paragraph above. (Sadly, that doesn't sparkle.)