My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Another Manic Monday

I went back to work this morning. I would have liked another leisurely week at home, but work beckoned, so off I went. And I survived the day, though I am very tired now. I guess that should not come as a big surprise.

And I’ve got no knitting content to show you as I am using all my spare time working on something necessitated by the deceit, thoughtlessness, stupidity, and/or laziness of another person. I could add a few more descriptors there, but this is a family blog, after all. Suffice it to say, I am not amused.

Thankfully, there are also good people out there — friends who have gone far above and beyond the call of duty to help me out, so I have not lost faith in all of humanity. Just a very small section of it.

In lieu of knitting content, I’d like to point out two websites that were brought to my attention by a reader. They are freekibble.com and freekibblekat.com. These sites started by a 12-year-old girl and each features a daily trivia question for you to answer. No matter whether your answer is right or wrong, with each answer submitted, 10 pieces of kibble are donated. Since its inception in 2008, over 700,000 meals have been donated to shelter animals.

I’ve bookmarked both sites and plan to visit daily and I hope you will too!

Lucy sez:

lucy020909 240x160 Another Manic Monday

“Kibble. It’s a good thing.”

Can Someone Enlighten Me?

A couple of weeks ago I bought all 4 books in the Twilight series, out of curiosity. I started reading them last Wednesday or Thursday while I was home sick and not feeling up to anything with more substance. They are very fast reads — I blew through the first 3 books in no time and I  am currently halfway through the last book.

And I cannot figure out why the heck these books are bestsellers. They are not well-written. The plot is predictable and the characters are pretty simple. Further, I think the main characters are pretty unsympathetic.

Granted, I am not the target audience for these books, as they are written for a much younger crowd. While I believe this is referred to as fiction for “young adults” (one Amazon review rates them for grades 9 and up) I’m thinking this series would appeal mostly to girls age 10 -14. And I think the four books could have been improved by distilling them down to one 250-page novel.

(It does seem to me that the plot could potentially be turned into a decent movie, but of course I haven’t seen the movie.)

What do you think?

Comments

  1. Ahhhh…you read the Twilight series. I very much enjoyed the first book and read the next three hoping to get the same enjoyment again. I enjoyed them but was perplexed at the odd ways the author chose to tie up the loose ends. Not SURE how they will ever make a movie out of that 4th book. Hope you feel better soon and your faith in humanity is restored again…

  2. I didn’t read the Twilight series, as I am more of a British cozy kind of reader. My adult daughter seemed to like them, though. I reread your book this weekend and knit up some of your easy catnip mice for kitty valentines. Ernie cat, the first recipient, even gave a little growl he liked his so much.

  3. My sister’s fifteen. She loves the Twilight books. She loves vampires in general. I think it’s the siren song of the “sympathetic evil beings” that appeals to her.
    Myself, I like cats. Have you read the Joe Grey mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy? Talking cats solving murders.

  4. I’ve fallen prey to the series. Heh.
    I had no idea that the books were intended for teenagers – in hindsight, it explains a lot, but that’s I’m ok with it. I like fast reads, and this one held my attention just long enough to be dangerous. I am also a sucker for series.
    Come to think of it, I get sucked in by quite a few things – now where is the 50th project I started and haven’t finished yet :0P

    Megan S.s last blog post..Let the Sun Shine In!!

  5. I am sorry you have been sick. But I am happy you are feeling a bit better. I am even more sorry that you had to deal with unkind people or events.

    I haven’t read the Twilight books. I was planning on it in the near future.
    Happy knitting….

  6. I’ve fallen in love with the Twilight series. I read the 4th book in 2 days last week. I can’t explain why I enjoy them so much – they’re not my usual type of book and at 37 I’m definitely not in the target audience. ;0) There’s just something very magical about them IMHO. I loved how the final book ended, even though it left me feeling sad that I wouldn’t get to spend any more time with the characters IYKWIM.

    Btw, glad you’re feeling better. :0)

    Lindas last blog post..I’m Back!

  7. I read the first Twilight book, because my best friend LOVES Twilight (she’s 16, I’m 18) but I wasn’t too impressed. I guess some people think Edward is…attractive….but I find other literary heroes (such as Mr. Darcy or Mr. Rochester) more so.

    Carolines last blog post..When two patterns are pretty much the same

  8. I’m sorry to hear you’re going through some rough crap – I hope it gets resolved soon with no blood being drawn…..

    I recently read an article which quoted Stephen King in saying the writing of the Twilight series is just “bad”. I thought it was gutsy of him to say that, but then it’s echo’d by you. I’m a big SK fan, so I trust he knows what he’s talking about. I have not read the series, or plan to.

    Take it easy re-entering the real world – we don’t want you to have a set-back.

    JoAnns last blog post..Old and New

  9. I think you’re brave for going back to work so soon!

    I hope your other woes are straightened out soon and you can reclaim your knitting time.

    I’ve read books 2 & 3 of the twilight series, and have just started book 1. They’re not much of a challenge, but I’ve had fun reading them- I loved that stuff when I was 12-14, and the adolescent flashbacks are fun. Not only do you have ‘sympathetic evil beings’ (Bethany #3), but there’s the other old standby “I can change him with love”. And when things get too corny, my middle-aged self snaps me back- oh, get some self-esteem already Bella! For those who aren’t sure about reading them, start with book 2- it gives a good rehash of events.

  10. I, too, am trying to figure out their appeal. The book came highly recommended from my sister & friends. However, there is something in the movie for knitters: beautiful knitwear! Ravelry has a few patterns & the bella mittens are gorgeous.

  11. As a ferocious reader of Young Adult books, I was all geared up to grab these four to add to my collection, when an equally ferocious reader friend cautioned me to lower my expectations. It wasn’t going to be HP or the His Dark Materials series (the Golden Compass, etc.). So I didn’t bother. You just reinforced that. Cheers, L.

  12. Here is an oldie but goodie read, well actually two of my favorites. Yes, I like science fiction so the first on is Dune, by Frank Herbert and the second The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas. Both were riveting.

  13. I found the Twilight books strangely compelling. I can’t explain why I read them all within a two week period. I guess they were a very “easy read” and kind of a fun story. Several people have asked me whether they should read them, and it’s never a resounding “yes” (except for my 14 yo stepdaughter, she’s eating the books up!) I have not seen the movie, but have promised that we’ll rent it when the stepdaughter visits this summer. It’s definitely something I can use to relate to her, maybe that’s why I found the series attractive?

    angelas last blog post..February already?!?

  14. Beth in Seattle says:

    I’m with you on the Twilight Series. The subject matter is Grade 9 and up but the writing level is well below that.

  15. I did enjoy the 1st one. I love fiction, written for any age group (I’m 25), but yeah. These weren’t written very well, and the 4th one was a bit perplexing. My friends saw the movie and didn’t really like it (all 5 of us read all the books). I think sometimes I just want something fast and easy that I can get lost in and just blow through a few boring hours in my day. Certainly compelling, they did keep me entertained on a rather boring business trip. To each his own ;) but definitely geared towards kids.

    It’s always difficult to get back in the swing. You don’t want to get into it too early so you have a set back, yet work is always calling. ugh!

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  16. I teach 5th grade and some of my smarted girls are reading them as did my 15 year old cousin and they love them…as an adult…not so much! I cannot bring myself to read them…or see the movie….however knitting the bella mittens…now that is another story..Love them!!

    Michelles last blog post..Shalom

  17. I cannot say, I have not read the Twilight series. I am, however, surrounded by people of all ages who are almost delerious over them. I have purchased the series about twice, all for gifts. I may get around to reading one of them some day.
    I will tell you of my favorite book, favorite of all time, I think. It is an old book, penned by Elswyth Thane. I read it first in junior high and have read it at least once a year since. It is a simple book. If you are looking for steamy scenes, etc, they are not there. But it is a charming little book, a quick read and has an interesting twist that I shall say no more about so that I will not ruin the surprise. I read constantly and still, after almost 50 years, will still return to this book for a confirmation that love may conquer all.

  18. I read the first book and listened to the last 3 on CD. (I have 1 more disc to go on the last book). I don’t think that they’re exactly Shakespeare or anything, but they aren’t terrible. A little silly (Renesmee, really? Stupid name.) But not terrible.

    turtlegirl76s last blog post..Another Square, Another Scarf

  19. I enjoyed Twilight – as did the 25 to 40 female crowd in my office (we even had a movie party opening night). I think the whole “I can change him” thing is part of the appeal (patricia #9) plus the idea of fighting against ones more evil instincts. Having said that – no, the writing isn’t great. Mr. King’s comment made me burst out laughing – part in sympathy with him and part in sympathy with Meyers. The fourth book made me annoyed – I really hope they DON’T make a movie of it. The movie was…well, tolerable…I’ll be amused to see the second.

    Continue getting better and fighting the good fight.

  20. Complete agree on the Twilight series. I am a huge sucker for vampire books (pun sort of intended) but that particular series was really meh. Personally, I don’t think it has anything to do with them being “YA” books either. There are plenty of YA books that are just plain good regardless of the age of the reader.

    Sunidesuss last blog post..My Generic Sock Pattern

  21. My daughter (English major) and sister (young adult librarian) agree with Stephen King. It’s sad to yet another example of the dumbing down of America. Thank God for knitting and knitters.

  22. The comment left by Nancy that mentioned the writer Elswyth Thane made me think of my favorite book by her, and it’s a must-read for anyone who loves animal books (adult-level reading), “The Bird Who Made Good”, about her adventures with a purple finch named Che-Wee. Very humorous and quite charming.

  23. Sorry to hear about the crap you have to deal with. Most important,
    take the time to fully get over that nasty flu. You don’t have to worry about the lack of knitting content, as far as I’m concerned, a picture of that cute Lucy-girl is all that is required!

  24. Yes Wendy these books are meant for girls 10 – 14. I haven’t read them -and I’m a school librarian- but my daughter loved them. But in middle school it’s all about the somewhat dark vampire thing. She thought the first book was good, second horrid and the fourth weird. But in spite of all of that she has read them over and over again. I wouldn’t have them in my elementary library due to subject matter.

  25. It’s always nice to find another unimpressed by Twilight . :) Plus I think it’s creepy how popular a series about a stalker boyfriend and his passive girlfriend is…

  26. interesting – my 2 nephews (14, 15) loved the books. Are they the only boys to read these? Maybe they were doing it to impress girls (I wouldn’t put it past them)!

  27. Haven’t read Twilight series but some friends who knit and are into all things vampire, zombie and slasher/horror did and had mixed reviews and hated the movie. Strange, I have also been spending time that I could be knitting on “work necessitated by the deceit, thoughtlessness, stupidity,” greed and malice… Maybe it isn’t just me, and it’s like a flu variant. I hope your feeling better and thanks for making me feel better. Although it isn’t going to shorten any of the work we need to finish before knitting. Princess Lucy is always so lovely to see.

  28. Well the hero in the twilight movie is Cedric from a former Harry Potter movie and he is easy on the eyes……I hope his character survives.

  29. I always knew you were a sensible, intelligent woman. I do not know what is wrong with so many other women, both young and old. Those Twilight books are horrendous. I made it through 3/4 of the first one before I threw it down. My 20 year old and 14 year old also have had the good sense to not buy into what most of their friends have – adoration of those horrible books. My 13 year old does the funniest imitations of the characters – someday I’m going to videotape her doing them and put them on YouTube. I’m so glad you have good taste.

  30. I think you answered your own questions! You’re not the target audience for the Twilight books.

  31. tinkerpro says:

    Well reading is a to each his own so to speak. My adult daugher (and her hair dresser) read them and LOVED them. I didn’t even bother because it’s not my thing, but that is why there are so many options in the book world. It is like a movie, critics hate it and general popultion loves it.

  32. I only read half of the first Twilight book out of curiosity and was disappointed. Not very good writing, predictable characters and a really wimpy main female character.
    Glad you are feeling better.

  33. I recently picked up the first book since it was being highly touted by the girls that attend a tutoring program I volunteer at. The girls are 5th and 6th grade…I haven’t started it yet…vampires aren’t my thing but its the new fad for books and tv shows and I like to keep a handle on what the kids are reading. I have to say after your report I’m not exactly looking forward to “expanding my horizons”! I’m glad you’re feeling better…dogs did get a bad rap in that post from You & Lucy! Char

  34. I am unable to get into twilight. i feel kind of old school, but i always loved my vampires to be real monsters, not sexy best friends. i’ll leave it at that cause everyone has a preference. I’m glad you’re better!

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  35. Refuse to read “crap”……..and it may have appeal for a group who focus on the “story”…….but I am particular about writing …………so I think it has to do a lot with what you read specifically……..and what your standards are……if it get people reading: ok………but for me: (hello Erica) I loved P.D. James’ new book: the Private Patient………problem is dear Wendy: you are educated, have standards, and experience with good literature……….no offense to those who loved these………you get kudos for reading…………..

  36. I hope your faith in a certain section of mankind is restored and that everything goes smoothly henceforth.

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  37. Farmgirlnow says:

    I saw the movie as everyone was excited about it. I didn’t like it, but I could tell it left out a lot so I read the first book to see if it was better. The book was better but reinforced what I saw in the movie, which was that Edward is the photo in the dictionary next to “abusive boyfriend.” He is everything you would warn your daughter against. And I am sad to say Bella is the photo next to the the definition of the child of selfish parents. From the time she is little she takes care of her mother who acts like a teenager . Bella even moves to a place she hates so that her mother can go off and have fun with her new husband. Then she takes over taking care of her father.

    Within days of meeting Edward she takes his possesiveness as “love” because he takes care of HER . She is willing to give up everything she knows and loves because he becomes her entire world (within DAYS). It is actually very sad to me because so many young girls this it is “romantic.”
    OK, getting down off soapbox…

  38. I classify Twilight as “teenage angst.” I know many that have read the entire series and say that it reminds them of their high school days. Personally, I rather enjoyed it, but it certainly was not due to reminiscing! My 18-yr-old daughter’s reaction: “meh.”

    Annettes last blog post..Joyful Summer

  39. don’t worry i read them just to see what all the hoopla is about. I blew through them but I’m not impressed. I agree with stephen king on this one.

  40. I am from Forks and people can’t believe I haven’t read the books. I just felt they were teenage romance novels. What the books have done though is pump some money and interest into the dying community of Forks. I am very happy for the community and hope these books continue to generate interest.
    Carol
    ps. yes it REALLY does rain there all the time!

    Carol L Simmonss last blog post..Finally Finished $5 Quilt!

  41. My 10 year old daughter can’t find the popularity in them either… she’s had multiple false starts and finally struggled through the first one and returned the rest to the library. She thought they were just stupid. BTW, her reading level is 14+ (past sophomore in college) and she reads about 500 wpm. She’s more than capable of jumping past some poorly structured chapters to get to the meat, but for her there was no meat. After all that, I didn’t even try – but my hairdresser loved them!!

  42. Linda in Dallas says:

    Babs said it. I concur. The higher your standards, the less you can stand spending time reading fluffy work. Good fiction is even more difficult to find than non-fiction. Hope your personal business gets wrapped up quickly.

  43. After reading the first Twilight book and starting the second, count me in the unimpressed but still curious category. The two main characters are ridiculously infatuated and there’s not much more going on there, but I wonder if there is a good story to come about the rest of Edward’s ‘family’. I need to feel for and believe in the characters, and it’s not happening.

  44. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Thank you for the great kibble tip :) Hope you’re feeling much better.

  45. RedfordPhyl says:

    Totally unimpressed with the Twilight books, but when I was in the 10-14 age bracket, I was into Wouk and Asimov.

  46. When I caught the Twilight bug I just had to go and read all of the books and watch the movie. Now, I wouldn’t say that the books changed my life or anything, but they were still very enjoyable reads. Just the fact that a book can make you go gaga over it for a few weeks is proof enough that it is at least good for something, no matter what that something is.

  47. I thought the Twilight series (I read 1.5 of the books) was vapid, mindless and exceedingly boring. If this is the kind of literature we want our tweens reading, I’d be rather worried.

  48. I’m sorry that someone has let you down like this, please let me know if I can be of any help. One of my friends is an avid reader and she works at Barnes and Noble and has a similar opinion of the Twilight books. She pointed out to me that marketing has a huge effect on a book’s popularity.

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  49. I haven’t read the Twilight books, despite being a recovering goth and having half a dozen people recommend them to me. Everything I’ve read ABOUT them tells me that I’d hate them – they’re a feminist’s nightmare and crappy Mormon p*rn (I know, family blog…but it’s true.) A good feminist take on the series is here, if you’re interested: http://kateharding.net/2008/12/21/on-twilight-romance-and-antifeminist-ideas/

    Imbriums last blog post..If they take my stapler then I’ll set the building on fire…

  50. Jeez Wendy, I don’t know what sort of horribleness has befallen you but please call on me if I can help in any way. It’s not what you need after being sick. As for the Twilight series, I’ve got no interest in them. It’s probably someone just trying to horn in on the Harry Potter craze.

  51. My 13 yo daughter and her 11 yo friend just think the series is great and absolutely hilarious for some reason. I have not read them, but I think you are right on about the real age group appeal.

  52. I got suckered into the Twilight series by my younger daughter who is now 14. She knows I love vampire romance (Angel, Buffy, etc) and her friends have talked about the books so I got her the first three books 2 Christmases ago. I admit I loved Twilight, though it had parts where I could have sworn a fangirl wrote the chapter as an entry in a fanfiction challenge. The movie is not all that, except for the eye candy. I can’t stand New Moon and Eclipse is almost predictable. I have read better fanfiction than these books. The media frenzy is what increases the hype esp with the movie tie-in.

    Jocelyns last blog post..Friday Bunch

  53. I don’t care for the Twilight books myself but I’ll be forever grateful that they made a reader out of my 14 year old niece. I’ve been trying to make a reader out of her since she was born and although she loves the beautiful books I give her as objects, she had no real interest in them. Her twin sister is never without a book, but Emily was resistant. Now she’s read all the Twilight series and has moved on to other novels.

    Taphophiles last blog post..Seven Things Week 75

  54. I can’t help with the Twilight series. I believe they’re romance novels, and my genre of preference is mysteries–serial ones in particular, but love them all. Thanks for the freekibble links. I’ll bookmark them and visit daily too.

  55. I haven’t read the Twilight series. I’m curious, but Stephen King’s comment on the books vs. the Harry Potter series (“Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people … The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”) will lead me to my local library for the books, not the bookstore.

    DPUTigers last blog post..It’s a Hard Knuck Life

  56. I hate those books and everything they represent. Vampires do not glitter.

    Nicoles last blog post..Finishing loose ends

  57. Here’s my analogy on Twilight. The books are like cookie dough. You know you shouldn’t eat(read) too much, you don’t want anyone to see you eating (reading) it, you don’t think about how bad it is for you until you’ve eaten(read) way too much, and you regret how much you ate(read) in the end. But there’s kind of a “so wrong but still yummy” enjoyment there. I wavered between wanting to slap the dickens out of Bella and wanting to hurry up and find out what would happen.

    Beccas last blog post..How many Euros does a straightjacket cost?

  58. glad to hear you’re better, did you get a flu shot this year? last year I got the shut and still caught something sitting next to a lady from Texas on the bus ride back to the hotel from the Liberace Museum. My family blamed it on the Liberace Museum.

    as for twilight, my 15 year old who reviews YA literature for high school libraries read all the twilight books so I asked her what she thought — she admits the writing is terrible and had to force herself to finish the last one. I asked her if they were appropriate for people my age (almost 51) and she said no, but, “don’t assume that all YA books suck” and suggested Libba Bray and John Greene as authors who could actually write well.

  59. Glad to hear you are on the mend! Hopefully you’ll be back to 100% soon. :-)

    I was curious about the Twilight series, and picked up the first one the last time I was in the book store. I was a bit naughty and sat down in one of the comfy chairs and read the first two chapters before returning it to the shelf. Two chapters aren’t enough to give an entirely fair critique, but what I read was pretty awful. I might have enjoyed it when I was about 11 or 12.

    I will say, though, that Robert Pattinson is pretty cute. :-)

    yarnpiggys last blog post..Back on track

  60. I have been listening to the first book in the series, Twilight, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. Maybe reading would be better but I listen to books when I drive to doctors appointments as they are usually a couple of hours away. I think these are more for 11 or 12 year olds and don’t seem to span the age barrier. I really enjoyed the Harry Potter books but then I really liked listening to the narrator. And I agree I did not feel the plot was all that great, or maybe it was that it just wasn’t written well.
    Glad you are back on your feet and I am sorry you are having to deal with such an inconsiderate person!! I am checking out those site for feeding animals!!

  61. I hadn’t read about the kibble sites, but I click here, and all of the other 5 tabs, on a daily basis. The totals for 2008 were amazing and inspiring. http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3

    About the Twilight books, I too don’t understand the wild popularity. I read the first book, thought ‘Yeah, so when is the plot going to happen?’ and was very glad I only paid $2 for my copy at the library sale. It is so superficially a story – or maybe I just expect too much?

    CatBookMoms last blog post..Time to Give

  62. Lucy looks like she’s saying “god sleeping here seems really nice right now….I wonder if I would fall of if I just drifted…of to….zzzz”

    As far as Twilight goes, I have no idea. Granted I haven’t read them, but I’m always really skeptical about books aimed at youth that have these sudden massive followings. I also have no desire what so ever to read a book about a vampire. None. (nor do I have the time)

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  63. Theresa in Italy says:

    If you and Stephen King are in agreement on the Twilight series, that’s good enough for me. Not that I was planning to read it anyway. Glad that you are back but sorry you have all this unpleasantness to deal with and hope it’s resolved soon. Meanwhile, rest up as much as you can!

  64. The Twilight series. Well, it is something that is definitely geared towards a middle school or early high school girl. I’ve read the books. The first one was the best in my opinion. I wasn’t a big fan of Edward at all in reading the books, and then I liked him better in the film. I liked him even more when I read Midnight Sun, which is the partially finished book on Stephanie Meyer’s website that is Twilight from Edward’s point of view. They are mindless reads, that is for certain. As a high school teacher/counselor I found them really amusing because she does do a good job of capturing that teenage “you are my life the world will end if I don’t have you” mentality. I think you have to take them for what they are – teenage books.

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  65. Yeah, I couldn’t get into the Twilight series. I love vampires and have read just about anything with them, but I never made it past book 1 in this series. I just felt like I was reading a kids book more than anything. I’ve read some other “kids” books too like Harry Potter and the Eragon series and have loved them, so to me it was more an issue with how it was written and character development.

    Leahs last blog post..Back to Knitting

  66. I listened to the audio books of the Twilight Series, and found them addictive, despite the flaws. The reader’s voice was part of it. I have no desire to see the movie. I’m currently listening to all the Sookie Stackhouse audio books, which are also addictive, and slightly better quality to the writing (and more adult too). I saw the pilot for the HBO series True Blood, which is based on the books, and hated the casting, so I doubt I will watch any more of it. My favorite vampire books are the ones by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro…wonderful, deep, well-written, set in a variety of historical eras; great continuity of characters.

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  67. Glad to hear that you’re feeling better!

    About Twilight… well, I’ve read the first three books. Yes, they were a quick read and I liked the idea of them, but the writing? Ugh. It doesn’t help that I’m doing a Master’s in Creative Writing right now. Makes me really critical of everything I read.
    And I agree that they’re aimed at teens (my two younger sisters (15 & 12) love them). The voice is authentic and really taps into the teenaged emotions which is probably why the books are so appealing. I just wish they were written better.
    On the other hand, if that kind of crap writing gets published, it gives me hope of getting my stuff published. So that’s a silver lining in there right?

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  68. The Twilight books are terrible. Stephanie Meyer is an awful writer and I found I could skim read huge chunks and still not miss anything. I do think she’s successfully created the most boring vampire characters ever though ^_^ My daughter is 13 and loves the series and suggested I read the first book before I took her to see the film (also dreadful).

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  69. Interesting. My daughter has read them, but mostly I think to be in on the conversation of her friends. I’ll have to ask her what she really thinks of them.

  70. My 15 year old read 1 1/2 books and thought that while it was a good romance, not very well written. She went to the movie with friends and loathed it. A lot of people riding on the coattails of some of the very good young adult fiction out there. Vampires seem to be as popular a subject for a book as they ever were.

  71. While I did not read the Twilight series I do have a comment on the first post. Awhile back my cousin sent me an email about feeding animal that were in rescue shelters. One click a day gives .6 of a bowl of food. I kept the email in my email and everytime I check my email thoughout the day I give it a hit. Now I will do the same for freekibbles.

  72. One word: Eduard. My daughter will be 14 Monday and she is obsessed with all things Twilight. I read the books, too (she insisted!) and it is definitely a ‘tween thing!!

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  73. Some of the best books I’ve read have come to me through the bargain bins at the bookstore! I got tired of plunking down a ridiculous amount of cash on a “bestseller”, and not being able to even force myself to read it. I can’t remember the last time I rushed out to buy the next best read – unless it’s Stephen King, (my guilty pleasure). :)

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  74. I’m glad you are feeling better! My sister had the same opinions about the Twilight series. Not well written etc. but she did find them addicting for some reason.

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  75. Glad you’re feeling better, hopefully you’ll be back to 100% soon!

    I read the first three Twilight books a few months ago, mindless, easy reading – not great but not horrible – and never read the 4th. My interest absolutely petered out, and I have no desire to find out what happens to anyone. I think I could probably write it myself, actually, as it all seems pretty formulaic. And yes, I definitely think it could have packed into one smaller volume, but then there’d be less of a cash grab…

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  76. I had resisted the series for a long time because my daughter (then 14) – who was reading it long before the hype – told me it was better then HP and, quite frankly, I was a little put out. But I did finally pick it up after she insisted that as her mother, and an avid reader of young adult fantasy, I should WANT to read her favourite books (well of course!!) Honestly, I loved it, and couldn’t wait for each book to come out. I don’t know what it was, but I spent many years in my teens and early 20s very caught up in the romanticism of vampires, so I guess the 15 year old still inside me could relate to Bella. And I’m a little weird. Normally I’m a very tough critic for bad writing (and I do agree with you on that point) but for some reason I was able to forgive this one. And for the record, I did not think the series better than HP, and although I can usually separate books and movies, the movie was not nearly as good as it could have been. Of course the hype has now ruined it for DD! (I’m a lurker coming out to say hi and join the friendly debate! Love the blog.)

  77. I only read the first book in the series and that was enough for me. Interesting that Stephen King commented on them, since my biggest complaint about the book was the lack of character development. That is the very thing I admire most about King’s writing: he is able to bring to life such richly developed characters in just a few paragraphs.

  78. I’ve only read the first book, but you have encapsulated my feelings exactly. When I read Harry Potter, the appeal was apparent immediately. In this case, meh. As I said on my blog, I’ll eventually read the others, but there are other books that will come and go in between. (I attributed it to the vampire theme. I wasn’t a fan of Rice’s books either.)

    If you’re ever looking for fast, no-deep thinking allowed, reads, try Janet Evanovich’s, Stephanie Plum series. It’s like cotton candy reading……

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  79. I can’t read books anymore and I doubt that I would be interested
    in the ones you are reading. However, I did click on the kibble link.
    There is also a website for free rice to feed people. Just google
    “free rice”. I have a disease that is causing me to starve to death. It’s
    very painful. So I suggest that we feed our people and our animals.
    I’m glad that you are feeling better.

  80. Sorry you’ve had a tough week! My 11 year old niece insisted I read this and I read the first book in a few hours – so much fluff it was more like skimming. I Like the vampire angle but there is so much chatter that happens while nothing real is happening in the storyline. I got the next three on tape from my Library and I listen while I knit or clean and I often end up thinking about other things instead of listening – which is fine because it isn’t like I missed something important. I’ll finish because I want to know what happens but it’s torture. I have a hard time not finishing a book even when I hate it (something to work on there). Worst writer I’ve stumbled on in a long time, but to each his/her own. Best writer I’ve found recently is Ursula Le Guin.

  81. My 19 year old daughter howled with laughter when reading this series. She thought that it portrayed the female lead pretty poorly and wasted a lot of words on ideas that no one really cares about. I haven’t read it (probably won’t), but my 10 year old niece thought that it was great!

  82. My daughter is 13, and has read all 4 books. Prior to that, she never read anything thicker than 1 inch. These books FINALLY got her to love reading, and although she is “obsessed” with Edward Cullen, she is now moving on and reading all kinds of things. She even BOUGHT a book, with her own money, this weekend. For this, I owe Stephanie Meyer a debt of gratitude. That said, I don’t think I’d like them either. However, as you said, I’m not in her target audience.

  83. I think many Americans have come to expect “more of the same” – they enjoy watching predictable sitcoms, Star Trek episodes where the same thing happens in different guises, and Harlequin romance novels written to a formula. Hearing so much about the “Twilight” series also made me suspect it was another “more of the same” type of book. Now, if you want a tarted-up Harry Potter style book about adults who can control the weather, might I suggest the “Weather Warden” series by Rachel Caine?

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  84. I got the Kat Kibble question correct???? Talk about random choices.

    Twilight series has not caught my 10 year olds attention, she is more into the bigger, thicker, fewer trips to the library type of kid. Though she likes SciFi and Fantasy, Twilight hasn’t caught her attention.

    Good luck with full recovery, I find watching mindless TV, lots of tea and easy knitting always helps. Also keep your feet up, can’t hurt.

  85. I have not read the Twilight books, but my sister-in-law who works for a county/school library has. I think she has enjoyed them. She reads books for a wide range of ages due to her job. Also, one of my co-workers who is older than my mid-40′s age is reading the books and likes them.

    My SIL recommended a book to me – The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willeg – because I enjoy mysteries and historical fiction. She loved this book and has read one or two of the books that follow it. The book did not have much mystery to it and the author changed historical facts to suit her story. Also, the story just seemed to skim along the surface of things, i.e. they steal gold headed for France but you don’t know how it was done. Pure and simple, it was really a bodice-ripper. (There’s nothing wrong with bodice-rippers…I just would like to know up front that’s what I’m reading.) I’m used to the type of historical fiction written by Sharon Kay Penman.

    Glad you are on the mend. I hope you regain control of your knitting time soon!

  86. I perused a copy of Twilight, and would have to agree with you. I did not find them engaging. I did see the film, but wasn’t entirely enamored of the film style (although the leads were pretty good). I know the books are really (really) enjoyed by some teens–and that’s great. Hopefully they’ll start reading some better books because of these.

  87. I am so glad you found the FreeKibble site. They send me an email every day and of course I visit them. At Christmas time, I got double rewards for the cause when I answered correctly.
    I have not read the Twilight series and doubt that I will but both of my daughters–18 and 20. All of their friends have read them. My eldest thinks that the author almost plagerizes/adopts real classics–Wuthering Heights was one that Kate was suggested.
    Hope that all of your problems are sorted out. cecilia

  88. Just had to chime in to say that I’m with you on the whole Twilight thing. My daughter is reading them, and I tried to read along, but honestly I couldn’t. The writing isn’t good at all, and there are so many YA books that are well-written, with intriguing characters and plots, that I couldn’t keep going. (I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I also thought that the first HP wasn’t as well-written as a lot of books out there, but they got a lot better, fast.)

    Hope things get better for you soon!

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  89. Geez, for a while there it seemed like I was the only one who disliked reading about a whining, angsty teenager and a cranky but perfect, brooding vampire.

  90. I just finished reading the Twilight series. I absolutely love them. I am 28 and for some reason I just got sucked in. I guess reminising about those jittery feeling when you first meet a guy whom you like. I was reminded of those crazy feelings that I had growing up.
    I just love these books. I have never read a book where my heart started pounding. Its just good to me. I don’t read alot and actually this is the first time that I have read this much. The last book that I read was Shopaholic.
    I also love the movie. Robert Pattinson is soo easy on the eyes, plus the music in the movie was really good and kind of tied everything together. I’m not a big fan of Bella in the movie, her acting wasn’t all that great. But I am definately excited to see New Moon and Jacob’s character play out in that film.
    Oh and I’m not really critical on the writing of the books. I like to read something that is easy for me to understand and that just grasps my attention.

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  91. ahhh, twilight. i avoided you for so long… and then you sucked me in with your passive-aggressive sado-masocism. nothing like a good story badly written by an author with some obvious sexual repression issues in her past – or something…

  92. Ugh. Sorry to hear that you’ve had to deal with such a person/situation, especially when you’re not feeling your best. With any luck, the situation will soon resolve itself and you can forget about that person.

    There are several toxic people that have been cut out of our lives. Life’s too short to let others irritate you so!

    Sending good thoughts you can get back to knitting soon!

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  93. This is a question for the ages – many people have asked it. The favorite answer I have seen, as far as adults go at least, is that reading Twilight is like eating a Twinkie. You know it has no nutritional value, that it is not going to do anything for you, but sometimes, you just really want one. Every once in a while you can ignore crappy writing because you just really want a quick feel-good fantasy. However, there are a lot of people who seem to think that Twinkies equate to fine dining. (that is almost entirely plagiarized from another blogger, I can’t take credit for it – cleolinda.livejournal.com)

    I have also seen it said that the books are very popular with their target audience because they deal with things that every teenager is facing, which is something I have to agree with. Bella is the girl everybody wants to be; beloved by everybody, especially the cool guy, and Edward, despite being a vampire, is about as safe as you could possibly get. He never pressures Bella for sex, is always looking out for her, thinks of her before himself. And, he loves her so much he denies his very nature to be with her.

    Someone else also recently put out the theory that the people who are reading Twilight are not generally people who are well-read in general. Oftentimes you see comments pop up saying “I never read books, but I loved Twilight.”

    Really, I think the answer is a combination of all of these theories, with the addition of one other – I think that standards of late, for both movies and published works, have been steadily declining. I often wonder, where have all the editors gone? It seems like so many movies or books I see lately could have been greatly improved if someone had just sat down with the writers and said, “look, you have too many good ideas here – cut some out and save them for another time.” I don’t think that’s necessarily the case here – I really think what someone should have done is gone to her and said, “I really like your ideas, but a lot of this has been done before. Try to see if you can make it a little fresher while still keeping the general feeling of the story. Give your characters some rough spots, some flaws. Read some really good authors and look hard at how you can streamline your writing. Rework it, and come back to us again.”

    What disturbs me the most is that people have either a love it or hate it relationship – either they feel the books are the best things, ever, and will defend them to the death and beyond, or they think the books are trash that should never be read. Stephen King had a quote about these books and their comparisons with Harry Potter recently that I thought was excellent – that he respected Stephenie Meyer’s success because she clearly touched on something in her audience, but that he doesn’t think her books are very well written. His attitude seemed to me to say “Hey, good for her, she made money. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, you can’t call it good writing just because it sold a bunch of books. Success is not always equal to skill.”

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  94. I liked the first book, and I’d actually recommend “Host” – written for an older audience – and while still quite predictable, a nice little story. As with most bestsellers, the books are “brain candy” – not a great deal of thought required, but the settings, emotions, etc. are set up well. (Reading through Eclipse, I actually got transported back to the land of adolescent angst… scary!) Well written? For what they are, I’d say they are. It’s all about the emotion and evocation, not so much about plot-holes and reality!

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  95. I’m so sorry that you have to deal with issues right after you’ve been sick. Know that we are here for you Wendy!

    Also, I’m glad you mentioned that about the Twilight Series. I won’t bother getting them then. I was intrigued, but I do like me some thickness to the plots…… :)

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  96. I completely agree with you about Twilight!

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  97. re Twilight: I have no idea if the story itself is interesting or not because I couldn’t get past the CRAPPY writing. My 18yo daughter & I decided to suspend merciless mocking until we had actually test-driven the thing. We gave it our standard Read-Chapter-the-First-While-in-the-Bookstore test and it failed miserably. Please tell me that this was an accident and someone mistakenly published the first draft. This is really an eager 14 year old’s first attempt at a novel, right? Did anyone bother to edit? Can we prosecute for reckless adjective and adverb abuse? My prevailing thought while trying to read ONE chapter was “omg this is someone’s lame fan-fic”. I don’t buy into the hype. I dare say, we all have our guilty pleasures–stuff we know is crap but still appeals, but this is definitely NOT one of mine. This series is proof that popular is not necessarily synonymous with quality.

  98. I have a very accomplished 50-something friend who is a surgeon. She LOVES the Twilight series and is on her second go-around. I don’t understand the appeal. Even my middle school daughter is blase about the series. However, some of her friends are quite fanatical. To each her own! I’ll stick to my murder mysteries…I still think British cozies go better with knitting!

  99. I got through 2 chapters. I only even glanced at it because my very good friend is a “Twi Mom”…in her 40s and absolutely loved the series, and has the support of a whole group of women in her age bracket. I couldn’t stomach it. I think the seduction is in the remembrance of high school romance and a deep seated wish to make a change in one’s mate. I don’t have either of those.

  100. I dove into the Twilight series to see what my teen daughter was so engrossed in. Then I read them all.

    No, they’re not good. For me they were a sort of guilty pleasure. I dubbed them “teen bodice-rippers”. I skipped the movie, but DD seemed to enjoy it. I’m glad she wasn’t screaming with excitement over it.

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