Posts Tagged ‘twilight’

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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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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So I managed to reset my password, though how to do so entirely confused me. And I am stuck at working out how to change it to something memorable. Argh!

I am doing wriye, the Writing Year, this year: just as soon as I can work out how, I shall post the progress meter on this site.

I’ll try and do better posting here 🙂

I need to post links to my other blogs. I have been meaning to do this for months *blush*.

And I need to work out the formatting stuff on here so I can make posts look pretty. Blocks of text – not easy to read! I’ll get there. I hate changing blogs…!

My aim for this year is at least 200,000 words, though I am hoping to exceed that – it sounds like a lot, but even 1,000 words a day would be 365,000, so… here’s to raising that aim. I decided I would rather be able to raise it than find myself getting behind and getting discouraged. Maybe I should aim higher, but when you are ill a lot, it can be tough keeping those goals going in the first place. Exceeding it will do me much more good than continually failing to reach it.

At last count I had just over 19,000 words, but I need to update that now we are actually in February.

WIP currently are

’07 NaNo, currently standing at 62K. A Strictly Come Dancing fanfic I’m finishing for my own pleasure. I have learned so much from writing this, my first truly long bit of fiction.

’08 NaNo, “Almost Like Drowning”. Stalled horribly at just over 50K! Plan is to work on this during NaNoEdMo

Untitled Jane Austen tribute/Christian fiction, which is less than 10K at the moment. I need to be brave and work on this – at the stage of loving the idea and being afraid I will wreck it by working on it!

Those are the Big Three this year. I am going to try and get back into writing short stories too, and also look out the writing course I started as a teenager. Wish me luck!

On the purely for pleasure front, I have an idea of a Pride and Prejudice fic which might be quite fun!

What am I reading at the moment?

I’d like to recommend The Muse, a modern day, ballet-based tribute to Pride and Prejudice that I read on firthness.com, by an author named Jessi. Some discrepancies with realism for the ballet IMO, but I really enjoyed this. A very clever use of the themes and basic storyline of P&P for something that is nonetheless very different.

I’m currently re-reading Emma, having made my way through P&P, Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility recently. These books are looking so old and tired, poor things! Much loved. Have been given book tokens as a late Christmas present – deeply tempted to buy myself a really nice set of Austen. Also want to get my hands on Sanditon.

I’ll definitely read Northanger Abbey next – will I make myself read Mansfield Park? Since the first time I read it, when I was frankly a bit disappointed, I have always enjoyed it more than expected, probably because I remember that first disappointment! So yes, probably.

I have promised my flute student that I will read Twilight. I did read a rather cruddy online version; I can see why it has devotees and similarly can see why it has detractors. Bella Swan is intensely irritating, and some of the storyline is not good. There is also a distinct lack of real, coherant plot right up until the final few chapters, when suddenly all hell breaks loose! On the other hand, I find Edward a very intriguing and interesting character, and while Meyers’ treatment of Vampires is hardly Canon, it is at least remotely original. I’ll be interested to read it in the considerably more comfortable form of a paperback and see if that improves my opinion at all.

I am about halfway through Khaled Hosseini’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns”. It is inspiring me to re-read Bookseller of Kabul and the half dozen other books I have about Afganistan. Not an easy read, but a compelling one. Is it living up to the hype? Sort of. Ask me again when I have finished it. Then it will be on to The Kite Runner.

Also reading and re-reading “33 worst mistakes writers make…” books from Holly Lisle’s online shop. I have the “Blind People” and the “Ballet” one. Due to the author’s lively style and a serious personal interest, the Ballet one is for me not only a useful resource but a highly enjoyable read. I’d love to see Gypsy Thornton publish some more – if this is anything to go by, fiction and non fiction from her would be a rewarding read. I need to look out her website and post a link.

If I list any more of the pies I have my finger in at the moment, no one will believe that I could possibly be reading this many books and truly enjoying/absorbing them all at the same time…

I’m watching/have watched:

The Jane Austen Book Club – I read the book as well. I think if one could combine the best of the book and the best of the film, this could be a great story. As it is, neither grabbed me, though on the positive side they sent me back to Austen herself, and that is always good.

The ’95 Pride and Prejudice. Both better and worse than I remembered – I should know by now not to watch an adaptation too soon after reading the book. It was lovely to see it again though, I need to watch it in a few weeks when the book is less fresh in my mind.

Takin’ Over The Asylum. To watch this is to wonder how it took so long for David Tennant to become a household name, but even then, his performance is simply one great performance among many. I have watched three of 6 episodes. I have a feeling later ones may make me cry, I’ve a nasty feeling there is liable to be at least one minor tragedy in the works. So far, I have been made to laugh and to think, and have been very moved. A really great series – I’m so glad I decided to buy and not just rent.

Persuasion – the ’81 (I think?) version. Ciaran Hinds and Amanda Root, anyway. This managed to be both quite faithful to the book and very disappointing at the same time. Will write a little more about why at a later date.

Think that will do for now. I will, I will get back into blogging this year. Whether anyone will read me remains to be seen…

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