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This isn’t your typical ‘anti-twilight’ blog… This is yet another email (complete with semi-subtle death threat) from someone asking questions about it that some of you may be asking, yourself. Don’t assume that you know what this blog is about simply because you’ve argued on Stephenie Meyer’s behalf before.
This is the very first post on this blog, from my ‘clueless movie fan’ perspective. It was written on Thanksgiving Day, 2011 – then published in here a few days later, after I could reread it and do some editing. It is hysterically funny and incredibly poignant at the same time – for those of you who can’t see Stephenie Meyer’s amateur sexual fantasy floating around in The Twilight Saga. This post is what those of us who ARE familiar with vampires experienced because of Breaking Dawn’s unbelievable ending; and it may help explain for you why this blog exists. It is where absolutely everything started; and demonstrates my intentions for this blog from the beginning. Believe it or not, they were NOT MEAN.
At first, I didn’t know why things were wrong; I only knew that they were – so I was making excuses for Stephenie Meyer in the beginning, LoL! Really… every single estranged TwiFan that she has, USED to be at least a real semi-fan of hers.
Please be patient. I know that most people who are familiar with this controversy have passionate opinions; but what about the rest of you who are completely clueless? I wrote this so that readers would not have to jump off the page, as much. I recommend reading through once; then going back to read links for more details, later. If you get too angry to keep reading, pause and scroll down to the side link collection. I used to be a clueless person in the world, and then a clueless Twilight Movie Fan for a while, too. You’ll see more about me, below. And please forgive the caps, in places. I don’t see them as shouting as some peeps do. They are simply meant to make those words stand out, and that is all…
This blog is all about the accidental and painful over-obsessions of The Twilight Fanbases
that has CONTINUED with a decade of worldwide bullying and intentional,
emotionally-harsh attacks on the hearts & minds of little TwiFangirls (and big ones).
The feelings of obsessed fans are real even if
their obsessions are not - until they drift away.
You all KNOW THIS.
These are all REAL issues, to name a few - for MILLIONS of people:
This one is the worst biggie, and starting
to be considered an EPIDEMIC
Why are the obsessions of young girls important?
Because their feelings are real even if the obsessions are not – until they drift away. Young girls NEED their fairytale ‘escapes’ MUCH MORE than older ones do because they have limited ways to cope with life’s crap (read the comments beneath these neverending, misogynistic tabloid assaults – this one is from January 2016). If you’ve never been forced to endure public high school in the US (or anywhere, probably); or been abused as a child (unfortunately, still a common occurrence) - then of course you can’t possibly relate.
How Did this Blog Change to
Tabloid & Paparazzi Reform
- Yeah, I have some really good reasons beyond
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and their Fans
(Although I’m pretty sure they are enough reason at this point.)
Why Do People Hate Bella Swan and Kristen Stewart?
Believe it or not, this is a very easy question to answer;
and NO it isn’t because she ‘cheated’.
TwiNewsflash: The concerning over-obsessions of young women was the ONLY REASON that Breaking Dawn was forgiven when it was published in 2008. The ONLY people who have defended this story for being written ‘just like it is’ because ‘Stephenie Meyer is a literary genius’ are her YOUNG (and young-at-heart) fans who were used by both the amateur author and her publisher because ‘they weren’t supposed to know any better’ about vampires.
And, these are the fans who get hit & hurt the most by world bullying. It is really crappy of SM and you older ladies to continue letting them believe what they believe about these books - while they ignorantly & arrogantly (in their over-obsessions) deal with all the hate surrounding Twilight that still exists in big, dynamic ways.
Email Excerpt: “Thank you for writing that wonderful blog.. it was heaven sent.. …Please someone tell him (this is ‘why the cheating scandal started’, Aug 2012). He just texted me and said he told my mom.. and for me to get some help.. and bye.. please tell him… Everyone is doing this and it’s killing me.. but everyone acts like they don’t know what I’m talking about.. I don’t think I’ve ever needed anything so bad in all my life than for someone to tell him.. I know they are trying to drive me crazy.. and it’s starting to work.. thanks again, was truly a blessing I needed to read very much so.”
Another email excerpt that I hear all the time from all types of fans:
“…I have tried speaking to my good friend about my obsession and, as with all of my friends,
doesn't like Twilight and totally judged me lol so your feedback means a lot.”
Anti-Twilight Fans could SEE what Stephenie Meyer didn’t MEAN to write;
and Erika didn’t MEAN to write her books ignorantly, either.
Adult women have 50 Shades of obsessive fog to get past before
they can possibly begin to think clearly about this subject.
Why does The Twilight Saga have so many anti-fans? Why are there hardly any male fans? How did Twilight’s infamous obsessions become over-obsessions? Why are so many older women more obsessed than younger ones? Why did the fandom fracture into several various fanbases that fight among themselves? How did we get 50 Shades of Grey out of all this commotion?
I recorded four wildly-ranting videos (this one is my favorite – calling SM out, ha!) over three years ago at the height of my own very unwanted Twilight over-obsession (It’s not like you can unwatch or unread something – or reclaim wasted time). At that point, I was really mad about ‘how I was obsessed’ with this pretty fairytale; and I was mad that Stephenie Meyer had ‘accidentally’ done this to so many other people before me - and didn’t correct any of the dysfunction in her books before she made them into movies.
I actually say this in the second video before I had even heard of 50 Shades of Grey... “It sounds to me like Stephenie has some sort of BDSM fetish, but I don’t even sort of want to think about that right now.” (Video #12 is where you will hear me say this.)
And yet, somehow 50 Shades of Grey (this post is what exactly is wrong with fifty shades) exists as Twilight Fanfiction; and is yet another dysfunctional worldwide ‘phenomenon’?! Do you have any idea how disturbing that is? Not only does it make my skin crawl – it’s just wrong.
There are real amateur literary reasons why Twilight messed with so many people’s heads – especially OLDER women; and we are the ones who get called ‘crazy’ for it - unless we manage to write another dysfunctional (XXX!) blockbuster based on all this negligence…
Did you know that Steph’s publisher didn’t want to publish Breaking Dawn? Did you know that New Moon & Eclipse were not supposed to be in between the 1st & last books? Do you ‘get’ that she didn’t mean to cause so many of her OLDER fans to see Edward Cullen the way they came to see him as Christian Grey? Do you understand that these are the reasons why the world has always &STILL bullies Twilight Fans, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson because of her amateur writing mistakes?
Sick-in-the-head older women had absolutely no right to hijack the pretty fairytale of young girls via Fifty Shades of Grey; and they should care when their daughters are being bullied by the world over it, incessantly.
The Condensed Version:
The Four Main Complaints of this Blog
against Stephenie Meyer and her ‘professional’ Publishers &
Production Franchise for RARE & irresponsible,
professionally-negligent publishing and movie production.
When the first Twilight movie was being made in 2008; the last book, Breaking Dawn had not been released, yet. Because of this, no one knew at that time that Stephenie Meyer was going to bomb her pretty fairytale into the ground until it was published a few months before the release of the first film.
Extreme chaos & debate surrounded Steph and The Twilight Saga at that time for the exact same reasons that surrounds 50 Shades of Grey - but somehow, she got through it (see side links)...
If 'Midnight Sun' had not been 'accidentally' leaked just prior to the first movie being rushed; AND Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson had not BOTH nailed their parts in that first movie - Twilight would have been history.
Stephenie Meyer could have written any 'ol ending for her infamously overly-obsessed fans (and really, that seems like what she did); and they would have lapped it up like honey (and they did – especially the ones who didn’t know any better, couldn’t see what was wrong – or didn’t care, because of fifty Shades of BEDWARD!!
The entire world has done nothing but treat Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson AND their emotionally-invested fans like sh*t, since - and the infighting among Twilight's divided and HATEFUL fanbases is ongoing.
Despite all this, 'feminists' have embraced the latest and greatest dysfunctional character, Christian Grey/Edward Cullen/Prince Charming...
Popular Email Question: Why does Stephenie Meyer need to apologize? Because the world can’t heal from the wounds she has inflicted on it if she doesn’t acknowledge her amateur mistakes and apologize for them. All she has done from the beginning of her controversies is metaphorically flip off her critics. While normally that is exactly what you are supposed to do… In this case, with all the professional exceptions that were made while The Twilight Saga was being published; the amateur author (AND the publisher AND production franchise) really needed to be listening to fans. It is NOT NORMAL for roughly half of your fanbase (much less, the world!) to become so angry with you regarding a casual creative expression.
I am just using this true stuff about SM’s amateur writing to grab your attention – and boy does it grab some of you, ha! Now if we could just get past that part of things… I really could care less about Stephenie Meyer’s or EL James’ many ignorant and irresponsible amateur literary mistakes that caused all this chaos. Believe it or not, I have stuck up for Stephenie Meyer so many times over this issue, it’s ridiculous.
Creative ‘Freedom of Speech’ is DIFFERENT than the illegal type of ‘Freedom of Speech’ that tabloids & paparazzi hide behind.
Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press were meant to create transparency in order to protect the truth about absolutely everything - not provide a way for mean, greedy tabloid liars to make money off of young (and young-at-heart) fans who are practically defenseless against emotional tabloid & paparazzi assaults (not to mention how even more defenseless Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are against them)…
This blog now has but one mission: Tabloid & Paparazzi Reform for all celebrities past & present (Princess Diana, anyone?) and it has been that since July 25, 2012 – the day after the infamous cheating scandal. Oh yeah, I’ve been on their stinky tails from the beginning. It hasn’t even been SORT of fun! I really hope we can all manage to put aside our differences and unite to stick it to them, someday. Tabloids & papz so deserve it!!
I don’t care how long it takes. Aside from having really good reasons other than Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to be concerned for celebrity rights; we fans – no matter which side of the ring we fight on – are getting awfully tired of being manipulated and watching our favorite celebrities being harassed. So many of you do not ‘get’ this; but Robert Pattinson is being attacked and/or used as much as Kristen Stewart in these kinds of stories – no matter ‘how nice’ they seem to be slanted toward him, at times. It is just another way to pour salt on the wounds of their fans by being misogynistic toward both them and Kristen at the same time – using Robert and her anti-fans against their will!!
This is because the world has no respect for Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson or Twilight fans – any version of them; BECAUSE of Stephenie Meyer’s offensive & insulting amateur writing (another reason why she needs to apologize). To the rest of the world, we’re all simply hysterical to bully; just another section of the populace to be targeted and made fun of for profits – via outright assaults and numerous lie upon lie that continues…
Boycott all online and print tabloids until they volunteer to reform.
Why Do So Many People Hate Kristen Stewart and/or Bella Swan?
or Why/How did so many of Stephenie Meyer’s OLDER fans become so
‘accidentally’ overly-obsessed with the character of Edward Cullen?
Shortest and most anti-fan & fan-variation-inclusive version that I have written, yet!!
Read it only if you dare… and only if you can be HONEST. ;)
Whatever Happened to the ‘Anti-Twilight Army’
from 2008-2009; and WHY don’t you see their support on this blog?
Stephenie Meyer Knows Why Gossip Rags & Paparazzi won’t leave
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart (or her beloved fans) alone.
That’s why she deserves this blog; and it is why it will not be deleted until either
Steph, her professional cronies and/or her fans do something to fix the situation:
‘They took all of my heat, which I feel bad about,' Stephenie
tells The Times Magazine. ‘If they had the choice, I've no idea if
they'd even do Twilight again. I just don't know.
I think this has all come at a heavy price.'
Ya think, Steph?!!
Robert Pattinson’s Career-Hindering Rover Smear
Based on the Whole Wide World’s Twilight Saga Hate
This movie FLOPPED amidst RARE (for him) GLOWING reviews from movie critics at
film festivals who compared his performance to Leo DiCaprio’s Oscar-Nominated
performance in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’. Yeah, it’s a HUGE deal!!
This movie would not have tanked without way too much ‘help’ from
tabloid manipulation of Twilight’s huge numbers of anti-fans.
Why the Public Shaming of Kristen Stewart MATTERS to Young Girls
by Nico Lang on Huffington Post
Here’s a splash from Nico’s article: "Trampire:" Why the Public Slut Shaming of Kristen Stewart Matters for Young Women “I don't care if Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders did it in a car, in a bar, in a house or with a mouse. But while I might not be concerned for K-Stew, I am concerned for my younger stepsister who idolizes and worships her....” And this is an update from Nico on Salon: Racist 'Twilight' fans won't stop harassing Robert Pattinson's girlfriend, FKA Twigs
Yeah, Twilight’s still-many hateful and overly-obsessed
fans managed to p*ss all over the debut of the proclaimed
Celebrity Rookie of the Year 2014
Update 7/15 – If you happen to appreciate anything about this blog, I would appreciate your help in getting my depleted bank account back up to par. I have poured way too much time, effort and money into it; and I turned down a huge pile of money to publish it (This is actually a really nice ‘ending-blog’ post because I thought it was done – but the bullying attacks against Twilight Fans are neverending, aren’t they?).
If you can help me out even with a buck, my little family and I would really appreciate it.
Update 7/17/15 – And to the trickle of biotches who have started writing me hate emails informing me that I don’t deserve a dime for telling the truth about Steph’s pretty fairytale and exposing it for what it really is… here is a challenge:
If you really do not feel like I deserve anything for all the hard – not to mention, incredibly frustrating – work that I have put into these blogs: Read through my Twilight: ReVamped & ReWolfed fanfiction corrective rewrite & storyline critique summary - and then decide whether or not *I* deserve a few pennies out of this messy pie. I do almost as much sticking up for Stephenie Meyer, as I do at ripping her writing to shreds. It’s called, ‘being honest’.
I have had some really good compliments on it from both literary experts and Twilight Fans. It is only a summary, with just the first chapter written as complete to give it the foundation that it should have had (takes 2-3 hours for me to read through it all).
Here is one positive review (sorry, have to scroll down to the comments on this post after the click to read): “I have so very many things to say where to start..... Firstly I love your blog and the rewrite, I felt like you have given the characters depth and a new life. If I were a judge I would totally give you custody! … I am even letting my daughter read it with me because its a good story that is appropriate for kids to read and she LOVES LOVES LOVES IT! Just as much as I do! I think what you have written is loving and responsible to the characters and fans, it is well though out, relevant, and…”
BELIEVE me when I say, I would have MUCH RATHER have LOVED Stephenie Meyer's original Twilight Saga all the way to the bittersweet end. There are not many people on this planet who would have been more PROUD and applauding the loudest for a woman (amateur or not) to have written such a hailed TwiMasterpiece - if Stephenie Meyer had actually done that instead of the embarrassing, barely-edited rough-draft that we got.
This corrective re-write summary is actually very forgiving in many places - at least, where Steph is concerned. I'm sure my anger toward these IRRESPONSIBLE "professional" companies will continue to burn for much longer.
I gave your beautiful fairytale a hell of a shot, sinking MONTHS of my time JUST into researching this subject. (Not counting the months before that when you all had me convinced that it was a WORTHY diversion, ha!)
Between these blogs and the rewrite I have probably written as much as either Steph or Erika have; and I certainly put a lot more thought and creativity (not to mention, knowledge) into it. Just insert either author’s purple prose where applicable while you’re reading, since I didn’t write any – and it is darn near perfect, ha! ;)
As such, you can expect my version of The Twilight Saga to not be XXX. I rewrote Twilight by sticking to the storyline; but I made it believable – really, that was possible. In fact, now that Twilight can be shown as a believable story - it is no longer necessary for Anti-Twilight peeps to continue bullying Twilight Fans just because SM didn’t ‘get’ why she needed to make it believable.
WHY did I take the time to flesh out the character of Bella Swan and Twilight’s vampire (and wolf) storylines? BECAUSE VERY FEW OF YOU OLDER LADIES GIVES A SHIT ABOUT HER (and more importantly, the real Human girl, Kristen Stewart and her millions of young fans) - or ANY of the other Twilight characters, for that matter!
It's EDWARD this and EDWARD that (and sometimes Jacob) - Stephenie BARELY INTRODUCED you to her before you all got hooked on this crap. That's why you can pass this story off, you don't care... You're obsessed about Edward Cullen and could care less about any other character. IF this story had been published for you perverted older brats - Yeah, it would maybe be Ok!
I am NOT talking about you young girls if you're in here reading this - I've heard you talk about Bella and all the other characters. I KNOW you both know and love them, dearly. BUT, those of you who WERE NOT debunked by this storyline (no matter what your age was) SEE these characters differently than so many MORE older ladies do!
Believe it or NOT - Stephenie Meyer and the rest of these women out here (I don't care HOW many of them there are against my ONE voice) are BEING BAD, LoL!
IF we were in college... And the instructor had just given us an assignment to write the first chapter for a novel. IF Stephenie Meyer was a college literary student (which she has been - in FACT, she graduated!); she would probably NOT have gotten an "A" on the first chapter of Twilight - I seriously doubt. I wish a few good English teachers who haven't read the books yet would go through it and grade it - just so we would know, for sure.
I'm not saying that *my* version is a literary marvel - but I have a really good excuse. I have NEVER taken a college writing course much less graduated with a literary degree. If this isn't perfect... Yeah, I know. :)
We make our children do their homework - and dot their "I's" and cross their "T's" - but, WHY didn't this grown adult woman have to?!
I'm going to make you all CARE about Bella and her life, as well as every other character surrounding her - INCLUDING EDWARD - who, it seems to me; you've all just taken under the covers with you to have your way with him like Stephenie Meyer was no doubt doing when she WROTE this stupid saga so ignorantly and irresponsibly...
So when it really comes down to it... YOU robsessed ‘fans’ DON'T even care about Robert Pattinson/Edward Cullen, just your sick little "escape"!
The young adult audience that this story was TARGETED FOR - deserved a whole hell of alot better than what they got. THAT is why I rewrote The Twilight Saga... For ALL THOSE former fans who were debunked by Breaking Dawn after it was published; and then abandoned by the arrogant amateur author afterwards.
We KNEW better... and we were EXPECTING better.
AND it IS ALSO for the rest of you... I DARE you; I quadroople-doople DARE you - READ this and tell me you don't care a lot more about Bella at the end of this Chapter One: First Sight rewrite than you did at the end of Stephenie's first one.
You can think whatever you want to about me... But with this, the two things you CAN'T say about me are that *I* don't LOVE this pretty fairytale OR this fanbase.
Yeah, you be the judge – please.
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My first LOL - "Does he mean YOU?" Jessica asked with insulting astonishment in her voice. I can just hear her saying this, ha!
Bella is still a little dry, but she is starting to go on more about her preoccupation with Edward; so it is more believable, now. I'm thinking that Stephenie should have had this kind of preoccupation going through Bella's mind earlier than this - and she talks like she does before now, she just doesn't go into describing it like she is starting to. In my mind, Bella is JUST NOW starting to become obsessed with Edward.
Ok, Edward has just managed to lure Bella over to a private table in the cafeteria for lunch; and NOW he is telling her that she really should stay away from him and that he isn't a good friend for her. I think this would seem more feasible if Edward were actually a teenager - but, he's a century-old vampire, he would have more "umph" to his decisions & actions. I don't think he would be THIS wishy-washy about things (ESPECIALLY if he's supposed to be a Vampire - their personalities are far more two-dimensional than this (because they have no souls to make them dynamic in the same way Humans are. I know, it's a tricky, subtle thing that is hard to differentiate - especially when you know nothing about Vampires.).
It seems to me that she wrote Edward as a Human, gave him a Human personality, and then added sparkles and told us all he was a "really cool, new type of Vampire I creatively thought up" - whatever.) IF he had really decided that he was giving up and just going to "let the chips fall where they may" - he would have been more over his decision by now. It took him THIS long to make this decision (several weeks, in the book) and he OVER-THINKS everything.
This exchange just seems "off" to me - in fact, in my opinion, it isn't HOT enough. THIS should be where Edward would start to seduce Bella (if anything, he would be struggling with NOT INSTINCTIVELY trying to seduce her; and maybe we would be seeing that in this scene) - IF he were a real Vampire.
Vampires like to play with their prey - like cats like to play with mice - before they eat them. And while Edward is obviously not into the idea of having Bella as a meal because he is so interested in why she smells so damn good and can't read her mind - He is STILL a hunter/predator and he is NOT in LOVE with her, yet. He would be "playing" with her in roughly the same way until he decides for SURE that he isn't going to have her for a meal. He hasn't decided that, yet - he's still trying desperately to resist her during all of this, and VERY unsure of himself that he CAN.
In fact, BELLA isn't in love with him yet, either! At this point in the story, these two people are inexplicably PHYSICALLY attracted to each other - which is why they can't stay away from each other; and Edward may be considering her as more than "just an incredibly delicious meal to resist" at this point; but his reasons AREN'T embedded in LOVE, yet. NOT even from Midnight Sun's perspective... although this scene is again far more fleshed out and far sweeter in Midnight Sun because you can see Edward's perspective - he's still just really really curious about Bella and almost insane with LUST over her scent and the fact that he can't read her mind, etc - and admittedly, he seems to have a soft spot for her because he can read everyone's mind surrounding her, and her conversations & actions are driving him crazy - but, I didn't get the impression that he was in LOVE with her at this point, yet. How could he be, they are just now beginning to have complete conversations.
I was obviously very forgiving back then in my opinions of Midnight Sun - because it was a GOOD rough draft, and I ASSUMED Twilight would be as cool. I'm not nearly so forgiving now that I know how badly you screwed up our favorite characters, Stephenie. Because, once you share them with the world - they are NO LONGER "JUST YOUR" characters - or at least, they SHOULDN'T be!
"So, in plain English, are we friends now?"
"Friends...," he mused, dubious.
"Or not," I muttered.
He grinned. "Well, we can try, I suppose. (WHY else would he have invited her over to the table?) But I'm warning you now that I'm not a good friend for you." Behind his smile, the warning was real.
"You say that a lot," I noted, trying to ignore the sudden trembling in my stomach and keep my voice even.
"Yes, because you're not listening to me. (Was he expecting her to NOT come over to the table?) I'm still waiting for you to believe it. If you're smart, you'll avoid me."
"I think you've made your opinion on the subject of my intellect clear, too" My eyes narrowed. You can sure see why this scene was altered in the movie - kudos to the screenwriter, ha!
Now they are talking about how "Bella is trying to figure out what he is" and Edward is frustrated about it... I thought this was weird in the movies and Midnight Sun, too (and, I'm sorry, I guess I'm not going to get around reviewing this book - at times, at least - from a traditional Vampire Lore perspective, BUT this isn't necessarily just about that). Edward - with ALL the thinking he has done about this - hasn't done HARDLY ANY thinking about "what he will tell Bella about himself" or "what will say if she figures out what he is", etc.
Being the kind of guy that he is, I would have expected him to have at least a temporary explanation of sorts worked out - until he could get further into the relationship. Even if "what he had come up with" didn't work out because Bella could see right through it (that might have been a funny exchange); he would/should have had something prepared to say to her - even if it was to politely put her off about it temporarily, again.
First - ALOT of "make-believe" Humans know about Vampires, they just don't live and walk among them to the point that everyday people are aware of them; and they keep themselves a secret for a reason (just ask Aro, ha!). So, I would think Edward would have resolved within himself that he would poke at her a bit to see if Bella was trustworthy enough to keep a secret - and hadn't she already done so by keeping his secret surrounding how he saved her in the van accident? Maybe he wouldn't say anything to her YET - but someone as anal as he is about details would have at LEAST put SOME thought into it.
IF he had really made the decision to get to know this girl; he would have KNOWN that he couldn't keep the fact that he is a Vampire from her for very long. AND on top of all that... If things are as electrified between them as Stephenie is trying to make us believe - Bella is going to NEED an explanation at some point surrounding WHY she feels this inexplicably PHYSICAL draw towards Edward.
What Bella is feeling is again not being explained NEARLY to the degree that it should be. Midnight Sun isn't written like this, even though it is also written in first person from Edward's perspective (jeez, maybe I'm remembering it wrong - maybe I should reread it, lol). His thoughts and "what is happening in the story" are FAR more explained.
I'm actually starting to feel worse and worse for Bella. She should have been SO much MORE than what she is written in here. And really - we all have NO other choice but to insert ourselves into her, do we? It's a very automatic thing. You've seen me give this book a relatively scathing review so far - but some of their conversation exchanges are really starting to strike me, in places. I'm expecting some major spikage ahead. But honestly, *I* didn't want to be reading a story about *me* - I was really hoping for Bella's story.
I would think that there are literary parameters surrounding identifying addictive character sketches for young adults - simply because many of them are so (endearingly!) impressionable. Maybe there is no such thing, maybe I believe something about the publishing world that does not exist. Maybe we've all just relied on their professional integrity up until now.
I'll finish this later... Sorry, this is probably going to be a slow reading process for me. :)
For someone who is shy, Bella still seems a little too direct - too candid is maybe a better word. A shy person wouldn't be so inclined to "blurt out what's on her mind" as easily as she has Bella doing in here - although, I can believe by this point; Bella MIGHT be having a hard time not telling Edward every little thing simply because he is supposedly "dazzling" her in the midst of their conversations. But it doesn't necessarily seem like something that would be normal for her - plus, she's not talking like she's very dazzled.
He chuckled. "What are your theories?"
I blushed. I had been vacillating during the last month between Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker. There was no way I was going to own up to that.
"Won't you tell me?" he asked, tilting his head to one side with a shockingly tempting smile.
I shook my head. "Too embarrassing."
"That's really frustrating, you know," he complained.
"No," I disagreed quickly, my eyes narrowing, "I can't imagine why that would be frustrating at all - just because someone refuses to tell you what they're thinking, even if all the while they're making cryptic little remarks specifically designed to keep you up at night wondering what they could possibly mean... now, why would that be frustrating?"
"Or better," I continued, the pent-up annoyance flowing freely now, "say that person also did a wide range of bizarre things - from saving your life under impossible circumstances one day to treating you like a pariah the next, and he never explained any of that, either even after he promised. That, also, would be very non-frustrating."
"You've got a bit of a temper, don't you?"
"I don't like double standards."
We stared at each other, unsmiling.This just does not seem like a shy girl who is having this conversation.
Ha - Bella suddenly turns into a little flirt. Stephenie has yet to do much describing of Bella's actions; but yet, THIS is suddenly in here:
"Can you do me a favor? I asked after a second of hesitation.
He was suddenly wary. "That depends on what you want."
"It's not much, I assured him.
He waited, guarded but curious.
"I just wondered... if you could warn me beforehand the next time you decide to ignore me for my own good. Just so I'm prepared." I looked at the lemonade bottle as I spoke, tracing the circle of the opening with my pinkie finger.
You know, I've read all the way through this 5th chapter before - but I'm having the hardest time getting through it this time because I know what's coming up; and the whole Biology finger-pricking-blood scene was bad the first time around - and it was bad in Midnight Sun, too; but it was alot funnier. I was just brushing it off at the time because this was supposed to be a kids story.
This is one of my most frustrating issues with Stephenie Meyer's Vampires... She KNOWS that blood is ESSENTIAL to them enough to make a big deal out of it - like slipping scenes like that into her pretty story. And YET, she does absolutely no research surrounding it - like, how it is a very important ingredient (in fact, the MAIN ingredient) needed to change a Human into a Vampire.
The idea of reading this book REPELS me; and I am NOT going to get through it without making the attempt to fix it - at least, in places. And before I can continue; I'm really going to have to give Bella somewhat of a personality before I can even begin to get into (maybe) fixing Edward - whose character, frankly, seems almost too screwed up to fix, ha!
I was hoping to "just be able to read this". But, here goes... Twilight ReVAMPED: Chapter 1 - First Sight REWRITE.