Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Vampires (The Sparkling Variety?)




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.




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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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18 comments:

John said...

I think that's what's wonderful about the art of writing fiction. The sparkly vampires are different, yes, but how many vampire/werewolf/zombie movies have their own idiosynchrosies? I remember the werewolf in Stephen King's "Silver Bullet" looking more like a bear than a wolf, but hey, it's all good! Nice post!

ResidentGamer said...

I managed to read all the Twilight books. I only seen the first movie and I have no desire to see the rest. I really didn't want to read Breaking Dawn, but I did just to finish the series. I prefer that my vampires don't sparkle, I guess.

Jolie du Pre said...

@John - To be honest, I agree with you. However, my guess is that Meyer's vampires don't follow the script because she didn't bother to read or research. If she knew about vampires, but decided to make them sparkly anyway, that would be different. I also think that Rice is just jealous. There's a lot of jealous authors out there - even those who have had their own success.

Jolie du Pre said...

@Resident Gamer - If I were to write about vampires, I'd make sure I follow the script. But zombies are the new black. I'm going for zombies.

Joy Ciaffoni said...

I admit I made it through all four books, but it was difficult at times. My friend had recommended them and said, "I liked them, but I did have to throw up on myself a few times." I agree.

Jolie du Pre said...

@Joy - Well...like I said, I couldn't make it through the first book. Never bothered with the rest. However, I LOVED the movies!!!

jesstopper said...

"Sparkly like a sugar cookie" got me giggling. LOL

I've got a vampire guest-blogging today for my "V" post, and while he doesn't sparkle, he is an insomniac, which goes against the grain. He still has the traditional daytime limitations, however; he just prefers to ride the NYC subways underground all day and people-watch.

Whole Foods Living said...

I like old, classic vampire movies. The whole Twilight love-story-turned-vampire-biting has zero appeal for me. ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living, http://www.wholefoodsliving.blogspot.com/

Jolie du Pre said...

@Jesstopper - I don't have a problem with variety. Vampire purists tend to get on my nerves, actually. Off to read your blog now.

Jolie du Pre said...

@Angela - Actually, the movies are kind of fun. But I read Stoker's Dracula when I was a teen. I remember I couldn't sleep for about two days after I read it. His descriptions were so vivid, it was like I could smell the vampire. Excellent novel.

jen@ living a full life said...

Didn't read the books and I made it thru one movie. \
I like vampire movies. I have an impression in my mind of what vampires should be scary with that tiny little bit of vulnerability; whether it's for a character in the novel or movie or for blood... I think it gives them dimension.

Jolie du Pre said...

@Jen - Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Jeremy Bates said...

Aside from the first Twilight movie, I cannot stand to watch them anymore. The gal is just too dumb and unemotional. She is not a real character to me. In fact, I named a stray cat after her...Bella. The cat also has no emotion. The acting is suspect and draws on the teen market. Myers has been hugely successful (good for her!) but this type of vampire is just too unbelievable to me. I am glad you like it. More power to you.

Jolie du Pre said...

@Jeremy - But I like Kristen Stewart. LOL!

Teresa Cypher said...

This is a wonderful post! I thoroughly enjoyed, smiling the whole way through. I have never read Meyer's books, nor have I read Rice's books. I found Rice's quote fascinating... I've heard how poorly written the books are, and admit that that kind of turned me off. Maybe it is just the whole vampire thing. *sigh* I want to hide all through the month of October, the blood and gore movies drive me bonkers. I really did enjoy this post, though. And glad that you enjoyed the movies with your daughter. :-)

Jolie du Pre said...

@Teresa - Thanks!

deathwriter said...

I read the first Twilight book and was like, WTF? I'd take Anne Rice any day over Stephanie Meyer. At least Anne can write. Was that my outside voice?
I too have watched all the movies, and I feel very guilty about it.
I guess since I was a teen in the 80's I liked "The Lost Boys" and the original "Fright Night." Vampires, in my opinion should be scary without a moral compass that makes them want to only hunt animals. Yawn.

Jolie du Pre said...

@Deathwriter - I'm actually not a huge fan of Anne Rice, either.