Saturday, August 23, 2008

Breaking Dawn: Fans Are Still Growling

Here's a fact for ya: pleasing everyone is impossible. Another fact: some of those who can't be pleased are hopeless causes.
In an article from SeattlePI.com (you can read it right here) fans "bare their fangs in defense of Breaking Dawn":

"The outbursts regarding 'Breaking Dawn' are totally unfounded. I have recently started reading it for the second time. Bella and Edward mature in this book and it was completely necessary for them to do so. (Stephenie Meyer) explains in the book as to how a male vampire can father a child; all one has to do is read!"

"All of the fan criticism is overwhelmingly annoying. I have no idea what they expected, but it's not as if the previous three books of the 'Twilight' saga are studies in plot and character development. I've realized that these books are not about a teen love story, but about the human capability for compassion, metaphorically mastered in the guise of vampires."


Exactly. I agree. Of course, with comments like those, there must be comments like these:

"I actually refuse to count 'Breaking Dawn' as part of the Twilight Saga. I simply hated it. The first two parts of the book read like a fanfic. The characters were even off. 'Twilight' taught girls about the difficulty of romance, 'New Moon' showed girls that moving on is hard. 'Eclipse' had the most powerful choices of all: Edward, the reason she lives, or Jacob (the werewolf rival), the one who got her through the toughest of times? 'Breaking Dawn' had none of that. There were NO choices. Only the pregnancy thing, which was a ridiculous choice (and, I repeat, IMPOSSIBLE). It taught girls that all they needed was a husband, baby, and home for a good life."

"I feel (Meyer) really let her fans down. The book had the ending we wanted, but I feel that it was poorly written and it moved from being a well-written piece of literature to a poorly written teeny bopper love novel."


Wow. Apparently us Twilighters are stupid. By reading a book that is clearly marked as fantasy, we begin to truly believe that a perfect boy is going to climb through our window and we won't care about education or morality because that boy is our true love and we want to be turned into a vampire for him. Come on. That's the poorest excuse for hating a book I have EVER heard. If you recall, Bella started talking about not going to college in order for Edward to turn her into a vamp - as well as marrying him - by the end of New Moon. Yet people don't hate that book. Or Eclipse, when Edward actually proposes and Bella becomes engaged. Also, in Breaking Dawn, Bella started talking about how she actually wanted to go to college (part of that was because she liked sex with Edward, but I think that intellectual side to her also genuinely desired to get more education). She didn't MEAN to get pregnant, because she didn't think it was possible. And speaking of those getting enraged by the fact that they also originally thought it was impossible for a vampire to father a child, I have this to say: it is a made up story. I'm sorry, but there is no such thing as vampire biology. That's the writer's choice to make and she can manipulate it however the heck she wants.
As for that second comment, it almost made me laugh out loud. For your information, Stephenie Meyer's writing style didn't exactly change from her other three books - at least, certainly not for the worst. In my opinion, Twilight was the most poorly written of the Saga. I think Breaking Dawn was an improvement as far as the actual writing goes. As for plots and other such things, Twilight really didn't have much. Nor did New moon. Eclipse was better in that sense. Breaking Dawn certainly did have a plot, it was just that the twists were more dramatic. But the part of the second comment that really got me was the use of these four words: "teeny bopper love novel". *snorts* I guess the new definition of a 'teeny bopper love novel' is one in which a vampire unknowingly gets his human true love pregnant with a half human half immortal child that is destroying its mother from the inside and then a gruesome birth takes place wherein the father has to stab a needle full of vampire poison into her heart so that she can endure a dark and painful transformation into an immortal creature and when she wakes up she finds that her werewolf friend has imprinted on her baby, whom a powerful posse of royal vampires want to destroy because they think it is fully immortal and will go on a muderous rampage. If so, I want to read more of those teeny bopper books.

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