If you're not a Twilight fan, I understand why. Before I picked up one of the books or saw any of the movies, all I knew about author Stephenie Meyer is what I read about her in her 2008 interview with Entertainment Weekly. I couldn't understand how a person could write a vampire book and yet know little about vampire movies. I couldn't understand how a person could write a vampire book without having read Stoker's Dracula or much of anything in the way of horror.
Said Meyer in the interview,"It's on the list."
What? What do you mean Stoker's book is on the list?
I was completely turned off by that and other statements she gave in the interview.
When the books became so successful that the curiosity bug finally caught me, I tried to read Twilight - twice. I put it down - twice. However, I really got into the movies. All of them. I loved them. The last one, Breaking Dawn - Part 1, sucked royally, but that doesn’t mean I won't see Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
I got into the love story and beautiful Bella and handsome looking Edward and that hot werewolf Jacob, and I became one of the middle-aged women bitten by the Twilight fever that captures teenage girls. I admit it. I became a Twilight mom who bonded with her teenage daughter as we watched each film.
Wrote Em & Lo in New York, "Don’t let the Y.A. label fool you: Author Stephenie Meyer, a mother herself, has said she didn’t have a specific demographic in mind when she started writing. And, as it turns out, a large percentage of devoted fans of Meyer’s four novels and two films (the second, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, opens on Friday) are smart, sophisticated, well-read mothers. Perhaps because the love story at the crux of the saga is unconventionally adolescent."
For my novella, Litria, the creatures are my creation. If I had written a book about vampires, or werewolves, I would have made sure I had researched vampires or werewolves. One of my goals is to write a zombie novel next year after my novellas are complete. I’m sticking to the zombie script as far as how my zombies will behave.
But Meyer never researched vampires. So she didn't care about taking liberties. One of her biggest infractions? She made them sparkle under the sun. Vampire purists don’t like that. The sun is supposed to destroy a vampire, not make him all sparkly and pretty like a Christmas sugar cookie.
"Lestat and Louie feel sorry for vampires that sparkle in the sun," said author Anne Rice. "They would never hurt immortals who choose to spend eternity going to high school over and over again in a small town - any more than they would hurt the physically disabled or the mentally challenged. My vampires possess gravitas. They can afford to be merciful."
Rice's Interview with the Vampire was a huge success, and Lestat and Louie were stars. But Bella and Edward are superstars.
Is Rice just jealous, or does she have a point?
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