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What's the thing about Twilight?

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NecroRaevyn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Writer
I mean, every since I finished Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, on the web I've generally seen Twilight hatred. I just don't really get it, because I've barely seen anybody who prefers Twilight before The Hunger Games. I agree that the plot is a little too classic, the sort of 'Prince Charming Meets Random Street Girl, Falls In Love, After Alot of Twists Lives Happily Every After', but otherwise Meyer isn't, that, bad, or so I believe. On alot of 'Your least favorite book' threads they always say 'Twilight. 'Nuff said.' I just want to know why.
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NeednKnow Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
It's probably also that there are tons of romance novels out there that are better in every way, and yet this one is the one that most people read. And then these "readers" (this is the only book they've ever read for fun) suddenly claim they're readers and that this is the greatest omfg book in history ever. (Don't get me wrong, but I hope they branch out and read other things....)

Because I try to make analogies: it's like food. I eat all this junk food that's bad for my health and makes me feel bad, but I still prefer and buy it over vegetables and all the food that'll keep me healthy and strong. Why? I don't know. :< Human nature, simplicity over thinking?

For me, personally, I'm mad that this book gets all the hyper. Jealous, envy? 'Cause there are so many other romance novels that I want to see made into five movies on the bigscreen, but they don't get made or even a second look! I want a couple to obsess over for five movies! O_O (Ah well, that's what I watch dramas for.)
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beth4452 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It IS strange to me,. I'm not a twilight fan, but I don't feel passionately enough about it to jump on the hate train... so what IS the deal? I've probably read a billion books I didn't like (book snob lol). I just move on and READ SOMETHING ELSE.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I have a pretty long list of legitimate, intelligble reasons for not liking Twilight, but none of those things seem like fuel for a barrage of hatred. People love semi-crappy books all the time. What makes this one so special?
The only thing that makes any sense to me, is that it took a theme that's typically dark/sub culture type stuff and made into something lovey dovey. Vampires are kind of uncool and unscary now. I could see people resenting that to some extent.
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TheDayTripper Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
dunno, I watched the movie with the supposed "good action". The one with the wolves fighting all the zombie vampires. The high point was the tent scene where I was seriously hoping that edward and the wolf kid would just dp bella and call it a night.
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AliciaLow Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
It's just a waste of trees and ink.
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AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Digital Artist
I can't wait for the day when Twilight is done being mentioned. C'mon, people!
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carusmm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thinking is pollution.
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NerdyAndProud Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student
I read all the books when Twilight started getting popular because of the Twilight movie. Looking back on those books I know why I don't like them.

I don't really care for the plot. The way it was written didn't make it horribly exciting, though it had its moments. (The chapter where the some vampires fight in the first book for example.) Which is a problem because the books are pretty boring. Nothing super exciting happens. Like the last book (SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE LAST TWILIGHT BOOK) the ending was rather a let down. A bunch of vampires teaming up with shape shifters to fight the bad guy that the three previous books had been building up? Wicked! Until they just talk and the bad guys leave? What? The idea that a bunch of supernatural creatures would just calmly discuss things and leave peacefully is idiotic, us humans can barely do that! I know it's a fantasy book, but that doesn't mean you throw out all logic. (END SPOILERS)

And the characters are my main problem. The only interesting characters aren't even the main ones. The only somewhat fleshed out characters were the Cullen family, excluding Edward, and you only got a few pages on them to really get to know them. It's like Stephanie Meyer was so involved in the romance part of the story she didn't concentrate on anything else. And Twilight had the potential to be a good book, it just needed a lot of work.
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Tovato Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think my concern about the series hit a max when my Twilight-obsessed friend told me she wished someone would stalk her because it would be flattering...
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Laci explains it all [link]
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edarlin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
I think a lot of people hate it because it's teaching its audience (insecure teenage girls) to accept abusive relationships. That and it's poorly written, has terrible main characters and awful dialogue.

That aside, if you enjoyed Twilight, you should check out Tiger's Curse. You'd probably enjoy it as well.
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People who think "Twilight" is that awful haven't tried reading the "Eragon" series. I read (or tried to read) the first two books; after that, I read "Twilight," and thought, "This is nowhere near the worst book ever written."
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Agree, somehow I managed my way through Twilight.. not Eragon XD
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Zezkah Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow. You need to be nominated for the biggest douche in the universe.
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because I don't like "Eragon?"
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Zezkah Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Because you place twilight over something!
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YTcyberpunk Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, okay.

Well, my opinion is that "Twilight" isn't quite that horrible. Now, Edward Cullen is certainly one of--if not THE--worst-written characters of all time. (He's not even a character; just a collection of stereotypes about what makes men "sexy.")
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Zezkah Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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equine-whisperer Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
WELL, i'm not sure if i'm exactly qualified to answer this since I actually liked Twilight, but I have heard things because of that so I'll go into that.

Mostly people criticized her writing. People hadn't gone into specifics, but I'm sure some people were referring to the cliche plot. Others, I suspect, were probably referring to how plain the writing style is. Also, writing mistakes... one friend told me she literally went in and fixed every mistake she saw. And there was a lot.
Sure, the writing isn't stellar, but I always reply that if the writing doesn't have to be absolutely perfect for me to appreciate the story. If I like the story and the writing is decent enough, I'm willing to give it a chance.

Aside from the writing itself, the most common complaint is the characters. People don't like how Bella's so whiny. And they say characterization's just bad. It's mostly comments about how Bella's decision to stick with Edward makes no sense because he's a bloody stalker and a century older than her. People tend to prefer nice guy Jacob so the fact that she ends up with Edward turned people off.

Another thing: portrayal of vampires. The deviation from the classic Dracula vampire is something some people don't like. The cheese factor of sparkles is just too much for some people.

All these things I've heard, but I think the main problem is that people just can't stand romance. Especially one that works out so perfectly: Bella falls in love with Edward. Sure, there are some conflicts like her feelings for Jacob and crap but in the end she still gets Edward. Then there's the whole pregnancy thing. Drama surrounding the baby and a last battle that works out in Bella's and Edward's favor.
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