As I am still waiting for the agent to get back to me, I have lost myself in the Twilight Saga. It didn’t take me long to read them: I think more time was spent wrestling the copies from young adults at the library than actually reading them. I think first, before I say anything about them, it is important to know what kind of reader I am. I am a romantic – I love a good love story. I love strong characters and slow-building love scenes, I always have. ‘Written in the Stars’ is actually, a lot like Twilight but without the vampires! Then again, I have just completed a degree in English Literature, and I have my critic head on too.
So here we are. The Twilight books are, I am afraid to say, badly written. I am sure there are those who will agree. There are so many inconsistencies that I struggled to get through them and believe the story at times. The descriptions have their moments, but so do GCSE student’s language papers, I expect. However, I bloody loved Twilight. I couldn’t put it down. Although my critic head wanted to burn what I was reading, my romantic schoolgirl head wished that I too, was involved in vampire action. I read each book in a day and sacrificed sleep to read on: something a book hasn’t made me do since I grew up with Harry Potter.
I can’t pinpoint why Twilight hooked me as strongly as it did. I wish I could, because Meyer has stumbled upon a kind of writing that YAs adore (just look at the bestseller lists!). I would LOVE to duplicate that kind of feeling in my own writing, but what Meyer does that creates that effect is beyond me. So, in answer to the question many-a-critic has asked: ‘Why is Twilight so popular?’ I answer: because, deep down, although the plot is at times awful, and the language is second grade, the characters are loveable: clumsy Bella is every teenager I know, including YA me. The love story builds slowly: we know where it is going, and it’s so irritating that it takes so long to get there, but that is what keeps you reading. I wanted to get there. From a romantic point of view: Twilight is exciting and escapist and captures the imagination of the young adult (and me).
So there we are. This is how I see Twilight, feel free to comment and portray your own views! In other news, whilst I am here, I got a first class honours degree and I am over the moon 🙂 bring out the bubbly!