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All my students tell me that Twilight isn't cool any more. I usually respond by telling them that it never was.

It's just humour on my part, since I never considered reading the book. S described the series to me as a girl thing and I was good enough with that. Plus, the vampire sparkled. Whenever someone told me that I couldn't help but grin, so I was never in line to be the audience for the book, which I'm sure everyone involved with the book is fine by. However, for a brief moment, Twilight was the thing, and before it became huge, a bunch of students wouldn't stop talking about it; it's somewhat surprising to see how quickly the audience has turned on it. I'm told some of it has to do with Meyer's herself, some of it on the fact that the main character is reportedly pregnant with the sparkling vampire's baby in the fourth book, and because of the Mormons. It's probably all that and that fact that the book became too cool, to the point that its original audience took one look at popularity and said, "You know, fuck this, I'm going back to obscure bands, fan fiction, and TV series in different languages."

This happened a little to Rowling's Harry Potter, but not as much. Part of that, I think, was because the age in which the readers were introduced to the Potter books was a lot younger than the age that the Meyer books were pitched. Of course, I could be entirely wrong--there might be no good reason for why Rowling didn't get the backlash other than luck or a good publicist. I mean, there was some, but it mainly came in the form of new readers, coming in as the books were finished, and who would say things like, "Fuck this, gimme Howl's Moving Castle."

Ah well.

Kids.

Books.

I don't know how it works, but whatever gets them reading A Clockwork Orange, I guess.

(crossposted)

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sickbobby.blogspot.com
Nov. 3rd, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
To this day I still don't know why I paid to watch the movie adaptation of "Twilight" when I was in Korea. It will be something that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
benpeek
Nov. 3rd, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
lol.

it's cause you missed them white girls, man ;)
simplykathryn
Nov. 3rd, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine recently said that she wasn't reading them 'on principle' and I pointed out that this made her sound like many of the Harry Potter Haters that I know. I've read both the HP series and the Twilight series (I enjoyed the first two but good lord the 4th one was just horrible), but then I probably spend more time in the YA section at the library than my kids do.
benpeek
Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
heh. was the principle, 'no sparkles' by any chance?
tillianion
Nov. 3rd, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
A friend told me her teenage daughters loved the Twilight books, devoured all of them. But when they went back to re-read, couldn't get past Chapter 3 of the first book cause the writing was sooo bad. Haven't had the same problem with Harry Potter and have re-read them again and again.

Our theory is that Meyer carried them along with the story and the characters the first time, but once that was gone and you were reading the words, it couldn't be handled. Whereas Harry Potter is well-written and has layers that you can go back and re-discover in re-reads.
benpeek
Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
i dunno. it's probably all taste--i tried reading the first of te potter books, but i thought it awful.
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