The next few Thursday's, I will be specifically discussing fictional vampires. I will be discussing different vamps in books, TV and movies. Today’s Top is...The Twilight Empire.
I didn’t like it.
Twilight is a young-adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephanie Meyer. It is the first book of the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. The novel is followed by New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.
It became an instant bestseller when published originally in hardback in 2005, debuting at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list within a month of its release and later peaking at #1That same year, Twilight was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2005The novel was also the biggest selling book of 2008 and the second biggest selling of 2009, only behind its sequel New Moon. It has been translated into 37 different languages.
When first published, Twilight gained much critical acclaim. Critics often described it as a "dark romance that seeps into the soul" and praised it for capturing "perfectly the teenage feeling of sexual tension and alienation". On the other hand, in more recent reviews, some critics thought that Bella's appeal to Edward was "based on magic rather than character" and that Bella is a weak female character. However, almost all critics, whether they acclaimed the novel or not, agreed that it was a literary phenomenon.
A film adaptation of Twilight was released in 2008. It was a commercial success, grossing more than $392 million worldwide and an additional $157 million from North American DVD sales, as of July 2009.
So why didn’t I like it? I didn’t care for it personally, because they romanticized vampires, although we adore the idea, that a vampire can love human beings and they can. They are still monsters and not warm fuzzy teenagers. And for the love of God, they don’t sparkle in the sun! They fry up like a log on a fire. But I do admire the bravery of trying something new with such an old lure. People in general are going to be stand-offish and others will love it. Case in point Twilight :) What do you think of Twilight?