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I just noticed that the 4 chapters of Midnight Sun (AKA Twlight, again, as if it wasn’t enough the first time, only at least this time you’re not actually in Bella’s whiny head) that SMeyer has up on her website is 260 pages long.

Just for perspective, the WHOLE of Twilight is 260 long in the same format (PDF – you think I was going to spend money on this to see what the heck everyone was complainin about?)

I thought maybe it was type size or something, but I checked. On a fairly dense page of Twilight Text (namely, Bella whining about… well, everything) there are approx 460 words.

On one page of Midnight Sun – and quite a diffuse page (sorry, couldn’t be bothered to find a more wordy one) there were 330 words.

So FOUR CHAPTERS of Edward moping about Bella is almost as long as an entire BOOK of Bella moping about Edward was?

Oh my. I hope the woman never finishes the thing…


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eBooks, Amazon, etc

just because it’s an interesting article and sheds light on the often confusing world of eBooks 🙂

MacMillan, eBooks, Amazon, and what have you

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According to a commenter here, http://autocompleteme.com/2009/12/16/the-twilight-saga-as-told-by-autocomplete-me/ “Those who don’t like Twilight Saga are not women.”

Join the ranks of those who have therefore decided to become dragons instead.

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“I want you to call me every bad name you can think of, in every language you know. I want you to tell me that you’re disgusted with me and that you’re going to so that I can beg and grovel on my knees for you to stay. At least stop trying to make me feel better. Let me suffer. I deserve it.”

Direct quotes from one of the Twilight books. This is our main character and narrator talking to the man who is supposed to love her, an whom we are told she loves.

Oh my word on a stick. And SMayer dares to say that she writes strong characters and that Bella is a good role model.


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There are some seriously strange and possibly disturbed girls out there.

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70 thousand words, baby! I rock!

On a totally different subject;


One of the most hysterically funny things I’ve read, well, more or less forever, AND puts flesh on the bones of why many sane persons, upon reading Twilight for the first time, found that it was a bit… off. And on trying to read it for the second time, found that they could not bear to.

Basically, AOL, about most of what I have read so far. There are some points where I fundamentally disagree with the guy writing about things – frinstance, I make no bones about the fact that I believe in God. But in terms of the squickiness of this novel, the characterisation, the attitudes Meyer seems to be endorsing with how her characters act… yeuch… Yes, he’s so right. I just couldn’t make it as funny. I am so glad I don’t live inside Stephenie Meyer’s head. She is one scary woman. I knew Bella was a bit of a Mary Sue, but read the description of Bella and then do a google image search for Meyer. *shudder*I was very disturbed

I mean, don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against you if you enjoy Twilight. But I didn’t and it’s a relief to find someone pointing out the things that made me feel comfortable.

If you have any intention of reading my NaNo look away now because I fear I’m running out of “unspoiled” readers *grin*

I was rather horrified to realise that I had inadvertantly created some similar things re multiple love interests and supernatural beings in my NaNoNovel. Now I am pretty sure that it’s VERY different from Twilight in almost all respects. But it says something that spotting any similarities with it while I read those reviews made me feel tainted and very slightly sick…

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to start re-reading Mansfield Park, my least favourite of Austen’s novels, in the Austen jag that was prompted by “The Jane Austen Book Club”. Or that I might let myself off and not read it!

Well, dear reader, I did. And, as I should by now have become used to, I enjoyed it more than I had expected to.

MP is my least favourite of Austen’s novels purely from the, admittedly shallow, point of view of a lack of a satisfying love story.

I’m not one of those who subscribes to the idea that the couples should have ended up as Fanny/Mr Crawford, Edmund/Miss Crawford – Miss C is an attractive character on the surface, but essentially an unprincipled witch… and similarly I can’t fathom why Mr Crawford was even interested in Fanny nor how she would ever have put up with him.

However, Fanny and Edmund are a hideously lacklustre partnership, and I do always think Jane could have done a bit better than Edmund just happening to realise that he quite liked Fanny after all. Fanny is a bit of a cold fish and terribly self-righteous – she has none of the sparkle of Emma, the wit of Elizabeth, and her good points are not, as in the case of say Anne or of Elinor, lightened by humour or grace. The only times she appears to have a bit of human warmth is regarding William and Edmund, the rest of the time she seems horribly judgmental.

That said, the book as a whole is always more satisfying than I expect. The rivalries between the Bertram sisters, Edmund’s uncertainties about Miss Crawford: William Price, probably one of my favourite characters in the book. The growth and evolution of the story and the characters is fascinating. Little intrigues like the necklace Mary Crawford gives to Fanny… all these little details and meanderings I still find compelling, and I find, once again, I can forgive Jane the lack of a wonderful love story a la Anne Elliot and Capt. Wentworth, because the rest of the story is so rich in so many ways. I also like that it’s a thick brick of a book; when I first read it as a teenager, I found it a bit of hard graft to get through. Now, I enjoy the fact that I can get thoroughly engrossed in it and not find that it’s over just when I started to enjoy it (in terms of satisfying length and meatiness, I think Pride and Pred is the only other Austen that approaches it).

It’s kind of nice, after all, to find that after all these years and countless rereadings, these books can still capture my attention and entertain me almost as much as (or sometimes even more than) they did the first time I read them.

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