This is just a page I'm putting together - starting in on some SERIOUS research surrounding Stephenie Meyer, herself. I'm just starting this page on 12/4/12 and it will GROW week by week as I go through EVERY SINGLE INTERVIEW I can find of hers. The formatting might be a little wonky in places, because cut & paste doesn't always work smoothly in here. I'll smooth things out, later. Enjoy!
11/11/08: Stephenie Meyer Interview Twilight Press Conference Transcript
Question: Did you write it with the idea of it was going to be sort of like preteens or young teenage girls? That was going to be your audience?
Question: Could you tell us a little bit, since you wrote this for yourself, what was the day you sat down and said I’m going to do this, and how did it get published and how did it all work?
Question: Being a mother?
Question: Why this enduring interest in vampires?
Question: ...And the second part of that, now you've had a taste of the Hollywood system would you think about doing a screen play rather than writing a book first?
Hmmm... Your fans EVEN had to BUY an EXTRA book AFTER you finished writing your "saga" JUST to EXPLAIN all these DETAILS you weren't even SORT of curious about...
Question: What sets your vampires apart?
Stephanie Meyer: Well as far as changing things, it couldn't because I actually had the first three books and a rough draft of the fourth one written before Twilight ever came out, so the story was there. (The UNRESEARCHED, OVERLY-ADDICTIVE, ERRONEOUS VAMPIRE STORY THAT WOULD CAUSE THOUSANDS IF NOT MILLIONS OF GIRLS/WOMEN SIGNIFICANT EMOTIONAL PAIN - WAS THERE and simply COULD NOT be changed. Then it should NEVER have been PUBLISHED!!) And it’s funny, I had this conversation with a friend of mine who wrote nonfiction, like obscure historical stories, and she was saying how it must be so hard for you because when my editors come in they can't change anything. This is what happened. And it kind of clicked in for me because that's exactly how I feel, like it’s historic, like this is what happened. It’s not like I can just change things, this is how it went down. (Sorry, Steph - it CAN and SHOULD have been changed! I can't WAIT until I get to the interview where you say, "I wish I could GO BACK and REWRITE TWILIGHT!) And that's a kind of awkward position to be in when your editor does want you to change things. So the fan expectations, I already knew the story. (What DID you say to get your publishers to publish Breaking Dawn like this, ANYWAY?!!)
It did add a little bit of pressure and it was particularly difficult when, you know, when I’m writing I tune that out and I don’t think about it at all. But when I’m editing, I get online and I see one blog that says if A and B don’t happen I’m burning this book, and then on another page if A and B do happen, this is going to be the worse book ever. (Your FANS were DOING THAT because you got them SO RIDICULOUSLY OBSESSED!!) So you know going in and there is no way I can please everybody. I can't even please half the people because everybody wants things that are so different and they’ve written this story in their heads to a way that they are happy with. (NO - we were ALREADY FAMILIAR with AND LOVED Vampires and YOU DIDN'T - so we had CERTAIN PRECONCEIVED (and again, cherished!!) IDEOLOGY surrounding them BEFORE you debunked so many of us with Breaking Dawn. You could have written ANY 'ol damn ending for them - and really, that seems like what you did - and your OVERLY-OBSESSED FANS would have LAPPED it UP like HONEY!!) them that I read an interview that George Lucas did about Indiana Jones and how all the fans have already written their sequel and if they don’t see that sequel, they're going to be upset. And I really found myself in that same position. And so I was braced going in, I knew that this was going to be bad, and it was also good. That was the thing about the fourth book, is it was so much more in every aspect. It was bigger than I ever would have dared to imagine. It was better in a lot of ways and it was worse in a ton of ways. And it was a lot of overwhelming stuff that I couldn't really take in. I found that it’s easier for me, when I’m at home and I don’t have to talk into a microphone in front of a bunch of people, I just forget that this is all going on and I just live my life. And the writing’s a part of it, but I don’t think about this part because it’s too hard. (It's just TOO DAMN HARD to admit you SHOULD have put in the WORK, Stephenie. Many of us are GROWN UPS out here; and we CAN ALL SEE how BADLY your books ARE written. It's kind of hard to HIDE your "mistakes" - and obviously even HARDER to ADMIT and OWN UP to them, THEN or NOW!)
Oh Yeah, I would LOVE to have a face-to-face conversation with Stephenie Meyer, her negligent publishing company AND her GREEDY production company - a roundtable discussion, LoL!! :)
Yeah, this is only ONE interview of Stephenie Meyer's and I know you're thinking I MUST be insane to be THIS worked up over one silly little interview - But, I've already read most of them - they're ALL this maddening!!
I WILL be fleshing this out for you with ALL of her interviews, but you can see how HOT I am with this ONE. I'll be starting them them slower than originally anticipated, ha!
But, I AM putting this update from the long first post on this blog in here until I get to the rest - because is SO FITS HERE:
The Movie Breaking Dawn Part 1
Why do people like AND hate Twilight so much?
Bella Swan: Anti-Feminism and the Illusion of Choice
(This last one is long but REALLY good.)
Here's some slices from the above posts THREE years ago:
"She doesn't explain herself, and then blames the audience. Its obvious Bella is Stephenie Meyer, but she denies it. I'm ok with Bella being Stephenie Meyer, most authors base characters off themselves, its the easiest and most used tool - but she denies it so it bugs me. Then there's the sparkly vampires. Again got no problem with sparkling vampires. But when Stephenie Meyer was approached about it; she came up with an illogical explanation, then she changed that explanation to an even more illogical one - and then turned around with "Its not my problem" - Honey, its your ill-explained book, it is your problem. She could have said it was magic, I would have accepted that."
"...I think she's an anti-feminist that belongs in the 19th century, yet she insists upon saying Bella is a strong independent woman. Excuse me? Deciding whether you're cooking spaghetti or fish on your own is not being independent in my book. Apart from that, I think she's smug and arrogant and that, instead of trying to provide solid, adult arguments to defend her work, she'll just whine as if she was Bella (she is, but you know what I mean) and say things such as "it's fiction, it doesn't have to make sense!" or, one of the Twihards' favorites, "you don't understand". Apart from that, how come she is not to blame for her poor writing? She wrote the book, it is surely not Stephen King's fault. Of course, there are editors and people at the publishing company who should have said "Woman, WTF?", but Meyer, not somebody else, wrote the books. So, to sum up, I don't hate her, I just absolutely dislike her, which is completely different."
"...Actually the book was edited, they edited it a bit to make it more apropriate for the target group (tweens) or so they think, so they made it a little less sexual and stuff. Not too sure on the details though. But , yer they did edit it, but nothing to help it in anyway."
"Hrm... I HATE HER SO MUCH. If I could say anything to her I would scream "Thanks, Stephenie Meyer for F***ING UP OUR YOUTH!"
"...Lack of creativity in the Twilight series. A good writer does not have a load of Mary Sue characters as the protagonists (i.e. Bella and Edward) but creates a few flaws here and there to add more depth to the characters. Something that people can really relate to. The fact that she lacks this creativity and doesn't even realise it, is fairly worrying for me in itself."
"Reasons why I hate Twilight and really don't understand why people like it:
1) it's very poorly written
2) the storyline is bland and stretched out over too many books.
3) the only likeable characters were rejected in favour of a controlling relationship with Edward.
4) why do they kill innocent animals when Carlisle can syringe blood out of people at hospital?
5) the overwhelming 'hollowness' of the series which is created by the lack of humour, the lack of believable or imagainative characters and the hyperserious romance.
6) the 'messages'; chastity, marrying young and procreation. Has anyone heard of contraception?
7) Bella is an astonishingly weak character. I can't relate to her. I relate better to people who are confused about what they want in life and who are more adventurous.
8) I am just not attracted to Edward or Jacob. They don't have very attractive personalities. Edward is contolling while Jacob is too possessive.
9) the vampires are are like rocks! The author has tried to make them her idea of perfection and in doing so has stipped away any trace of the humanity they once had.
10) The callous attitude towards vegetarianism. Vampires who kill animals are not vegetarian!"
Such valid points. I've never actually touched those books. but my sister has, and she's regretted it ever since.
“I didn’t know if there ever was a choice, really. I was already in too deep. Now that I knew — if I knew — I could do nothing about my frightening secret. Because when I thought of him, of his voice, his hypnotic eyes, the magnetic force of his personality, I wanted nothing more than to be with him right now.” Bella Swan, Twilight, Chapter 7, p.139
Bella repeatedly describes a “hypnotic” sensation whenever she hears Edward’s voice or looks at him. Although it is intended to be romantic, Meyer’s word choice describing Edward’s “hypnotic” effect and “magnetic force” on Bella alerts the reader (without much subtlety) that the “choice” is being controlled by an outside force, specifically Edward. Whether he intends to or not, Edward’s presence in Bella’s life weakens her strength of will and even of body, causing her to faint at one point. Any self-respecting woman or woman-respecting man would remove themselves from such a situation.
Other examples of how Edwards’s involvement in her life weakens Bella:
--- “I’d given more information than necessary in my unwilling honesty, and I worried it would provoke the strange anger that flared whenever I slipped and revealed too clearly how obsessed I was.” Twilight, Chapter 11, p.230
--- “Our relationship couldn’t continue to balance, as it did, on the point of a knife. We would fall off one edge or the other, depending entirely upon HIS decision, or HIS instincts. My decision was made, made before I’d ever consciously chosen, and I was committed to seeing it through. Because there was nothing more terrifying to me, more excruciating, than the thought of turning away from him. It was an impossibility.” Twilight, Chapter 12, p.248
--- “There was no way around it; I couldn’t resist him in anything.” Twilight, Chapter 13, p.284
--- “His eyes were melting all my fury. It was impossible to fight with him when he cheated like that.” Twilight, Epilogue, p.485
--- “His mouth was on mine then, and I couldn’t fight him. Not because he was so many thousand times stronger than me, but because my will crumbled into dust the second our lips met.” New Moon, Chapter 23, p.512
Here are a few more examples of Bella’s lack or illusion of choice that I’m not going to delve into:
---She never has the ability to decide whether or not or when she becomes a vampire. When it finally does happen, it’s Edward’s only choice if he wants her to survive.
---She doesn’t choose to marry Edward, but rather is blackmailed into it by him.
---Edward and Alice frequently withholding information that directly relates to Bella’s life and well-being.
The supposed “choice” that bothered me the most was that of the werewolves’ infant imprints. An infant who is imprinted on is going to grow up her entire life with the imprinter constantly around as an authority figure. In order to make imprinting a child acceptable, it is explained that he will be “whatever is needed, whether that’s a brother or uncle or father.” Jacob doesn’t say it out loud, but once she starts to mature, he’s going to find her irresistibly sexually attractive and expect a sexual relationship with her. He doesn’t say it out loud because Meyer apparently wishes to remain in massive denial about how messed up this is.
When children are sexually abused by an authority figure they trust, they often do not tell anyone because they are afraid and confused about what’s going on. Meyer claims that the imprinted children have a choice, but it’s an illusion. After being prepared and pampered and guided down the aisle to her life’s purpose of reproducing with someone who pretended to be her “brother or uncle or father” her entire life, she’s not going to feel like she has a choice. Arzim’s Rebuttals likens the situation to child-grooming, which I think is spot on.
[[“Child grooming” The deliberate actions taken by an adult to form a trusting relationship with a child, with the intent of later having sexual contact is known as child grooming. The act of grooming a child sexually may include activities that are legal in and of themselves, but later lead to sexual contact."]]
“The way you move — you orient yourself around him without even thinking about it. When he moves, even a little bit, you adjust your position at the same time. Like magnets... or gravity. You’re like a ... satellite, or something. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Apparently Meyer's idea of an empowered independent woman is an involuntary "satellite" to a man."
"Bella 'loving' Edward because of his looks-good point. She gets entrapped with his looks an never really took the chance to see what he REALLY was."
"I felt my self worth as a female teenager slowly decline with every paragraph that passed under my eyes. Every time she submitted to him felt like a slap in the face. As a fifteen year old who knows love is NOT about sex and physical looks, I am disgusted by Bella's lack of description of Edward on his personality."
I am REALLY starting to get curious, now... PLUS, I've been wanting to read the books JUST so I could decide for myself WHO Bella should have ended up with - Edward or Jacob - for myself, ha!
I have to finish reading through them all before I start writing the Twilight-obsessions book, anyway. I think that's just around the corner, peeps. I'll probably have to start a whole new blog for that!
It seems to me, by acknowledging our own semi-insanity about this saga and trying to hold the companies who caused it ACCOUNTABLE - would go far to set things right about Twilight. So many girls and women are SO confused about it BECAUSE they are obsessed. It would go FAR to help get these obsessions back into perspective for people who are literally being constantly poked in them - like Chinese water-drop torture.
I would also HOPE that it would put a dampener on these gossip rags wanting to taunt US Twihards and possibly Kristen and Robert further. I would think it would make them all feel a little silly about how MEAN and STUPID they were to take advantage of us like this - JUST when we were getting ready to watch our HAPPY ENDING! You JERKS KNEW what the hell you were doing!!
Maybe we can even get them to re-evaluate their business standards surrounding the integrity of HOW images AND information are captured surrounding celebrities. Just because you have the freedom to STALK someone doesn't mean you have to - ESPECIALLY with the SOLE, MONEY-MAKING INTENTION of making young (and older!), OBSESSED TwiFangirls CRY!
We're SICK of watching ALL of our favorite celebrities being hounded, their kids crying, trying to hide, chasing after their cars and CAUSING ACCIDENTS (trust me, you HURT one hair on either ONE of these two kids and you'll see the INVISIBLE TWIHARD ARMY that I keep talking at COME to LIFE! Those of us who went through Princess Diana's SENSELESS death don't need a reminder!!)
This is Kristen and Robert returning to LA a couple days ago. LISTEN to what they are taunting them with!! Kristen is no-doubt going to be paying for this mistake for a LONG DAMN TIME - too long, in my opinion. And really, what is Robert paying for??
If OUR obsessions would dissipate, so would our obsessive interest in these two. We'd still be interested... Just not in a "I HAVE to do a search on them every hour or I feel like I'm going to to CRAZY" kind of way (yes, I've heard that, LoL!)
This latest attack on Kristen's PRIVACY which just HAPPENED to catch her doing something naughty (THIS time) - ALONG with OUR heartbroken, angry responses about it is NOTHING but the RESULT of our UNREAL - yet INTENSE - obsessions.
Neither Kristen nor Robert deserve to be treated like this for as MUCH as they have put into this "saga"; Kristen is a young girl who does NOT deserve to CONTINUE to be BASHED over this; AND NONE of us Twihards should have been in THIS much personal PAIN for THIS LONG!
You may have gotten your addictive story YOUR way, TwiLadies... But these young TwiFangirls who this story was supposedly FOR, DESERVED a FAR BETTER RIDE than what they got out of this "saga" - from beginning to END! This was supposed to be THEIR story - but you all TOOK it from them, CLAIMED it as YOUR OWN, and ALLOWED some of the WORST things to HAPPEN to them through it!!
On TOP of this SENSELESS PR ASSAULT that happened JUST as they were about to FINALLY watch their HAPPY ENDING - Twilight Fans who were not debunked in 2008 have had to ENDURE people for YEARS telling them they're CRAZY "Twitards", make FUN of their FAVORITE FAIRYTALE and DEFEND it over and over again (along with their favorite ACTOR and ACTRESS who play their favorite characters) - it certainly hasn't been a STAR WARS or HARRY POTTER experience!
We ALLOWED The Twilight Saga to ALTER (and LESSEN) our HUMAN STANDARDS surrounding SO MANY things, like "what is good storytelling", "what is Okay for professional companies to serve up for our children", "IS good grammar or literary research REALLY necessary for a book", "do publishing companies have to be responsible for what they publish - especially for young, impressionable adults", etc...
You shouldn't BE SO PROUD of yourselves, FameFlyNet - now INFAMOUS for victoriously capturing Kristen's photos. You could all JUST as WELL be throwing back beer bongs and indulging in a Caligula ORGY while mounting her head on your trophy wall. I BET you have one of those...
You made young girls CRY and you didn't write ONE DAMN GOOD SONG LYRIC to DO IT! I am NOT impressed.
The SIDE you're ON doesn't matter - but everyone can be MAD about HOW we're feeling right now and realize WHY we're feeling this way.
- or NOT.
JANUARY 2013 UPDATE:
The Twilight Petition is down now (whew!!), but the FIGHT for the privacy rights of celebrities CONTINUES... If you've ever really LOVED The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson, put your signature where your heart is and SET THEM FREE by SIGNING!!
to Request Hollywood Paparazzi and
Gossip Magazines Reform THEMSELVES
SIGN the PETITION via Twitter
Check Out the
Paparazzi Reform Initiative
Sign the PRI Petition
People Magazine to agree to ONLY publish photos
of children attained with guardian consent.
For those of you who LOVE to use the argument, "This is AMERICA and anyone should be able to like ANYTHING they want - it's a FREE country!"...
Of course! This blog is NOT ABOUT "not liking whatever you want". It's about PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHERS NOT DOING THEIR JOBS at the BEGINNING of Twilight BEFORE they published it.
CAUSING young (and older!) girls to fall into INTENSE, OVER-obsessions just because THEY were PROFESSIONALLY NEGLIGENT is DIFFERENT than publishing something RESPONSIBLY that YOU "just don't like".
A "saga" as pretty as this SHOULDN'T have CAUSED so much division and ugliness amongst it's FANBASE, nor should it have been the basis to RESENT it's amateur author - either in 2008 when Breaking Dawn was published OR NOW that SO MANY people RESENT Kristen (and Robert now ALSO) for the SAME, FUNDAMENTAL REASONS - Our OBSESSIONS because of Steph's B.A.D. amateur "writing style" AND her deceptive storyline!