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25 November 2008 @ 10:44 pm

To Ashley (furousha ):

(and to anyone who, frankly, gives a damn)



If you’re confused about the following, although I fail to see why the hell you’d read this if you don’t even have the vaguest of inklings what this is about, then feel free to read Ashley’s previous post HERE.


The Twilight Saga consists of a series of books— four “official” books, and a work-in-progress spin-off of sorts— about a vampire and a human. Ludicrous, right? Not really; numerous books, some of them certified classics, depict vampires and their interaction with humans. It’s hardly uncommon. There’s also the obvious passionate, forbidden love because he needs her blood… in a way he’s never known. But do you dismiss a book simply because its plot resembles something else?


Because, let’s face it, you must not be reading much books, then. Or fanfics.


But, no. It’s because the very idea of vampires that sparkle is preposterous, and loving someone so much in such a little time is unrealistic. I think that it’s just so preposterous because it’s so new. When incredible, out-of-this-world novels, like Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, came out, do you honestly think people hadn’t laughed at odd ideas like that? But at least they’re original! At least you’ve honestly never read them in any other book you’ve come across.


It’s not the best series in the world. It’s not a classic. In fact, the only reason why Twilight is being compared to superior literary works is the massive fanbase it has. If you hadn’t heard of all the fuss fangirls make, then you would read the book, think it was okay and get it over with. But the fanbase built Twilight up to a massive phenomenon but… here’s the catch… it’s not.


It’s just books that are far from perfect, far from the likes of Shakespeare or Charlotte Brontë, or even J.K. Rowling, aimed at a demographic enflamed with the idea of forbidden love. Thousands of teen, chick-lit books are like that.


So why Twilight?


Twilight has its flaws. I’ll be the first one to admit it, as I am painfully aware of how cliché, how over-the-top it can be. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve complained about the loophones, the Mary-Sue tendencies in the females and vampires in general, the utter ridiculousness, the redundant adjectives…


But I still continue liking it.


I like it despite its flaws. It’s the first book that comes to mind when someone asks me what my guilty pleasure is. Twilight. It’s the flaws that paint an admittedly idealistic world where there is one person who will continue to love you unconditionally and there’s this idea of perfection.


But why can’t guilty pleasures like Twilight comfort you like chocolate or a good tearjerker of a movie can? Why does it have to be passed off as ‘inadequate’?


Personally, I think that the saga is a sacrificial lamb for the media— because everything portrays, more and more, a self-proclaimed ‘perfect’ world. Take shows like Gossip Girl. So many people in my grade anticipate its episodes. They’re all madly in love with Nate Archibald and think Chuck is ugly as hell and love Blair’s bitchiness and think Serena’s a do-gooder, but a pretty do-gooder.


Is that what life is really like?


We all know it isn’t. We all know that this tragic fairytale of love against all odds is a never-come-true kind of world… including the tragically impressionable 12-17 year olds.


So… you’re “killing our buzz”.
Stop killing our buzz.

"Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars— points of light and reason. .... And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn't see the stars anymore. And there was no reason for anything."

BTW, I still *luffs* you, Ashley, and this was entirely too much fun to write, so thank you! xD


Current Mood: amusedamused
Ashfurousha on November 25th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
*luffs you Vexy*

i respect your opinion totally and you know that.

my rebuttal (cause you knew it was coming. ;D)

- sparkly vampires are just silly. lol. :D
- Loving someone so quickly and easily IS unrealistic. It's nothing new though, I've seen plenty of movies and such where the characters fall in love easily and quickly. I don't like that it paints a picture for readers (old and young) that says "hey, he's cute, you're immediately in love" or "he said something nice about me and i think i'm average, it must be love!"

love doesn't come that easily. believe me, i know. Love is built on something more than pretty words and pretty guys/girls. True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. - i like that line, i wish i knew who said it. i read it somewhere...anyway, love is based on friendship, trust, acceptance, humor(i think it's important to see the humor in things).

i've never compared Twilight to other books, i haven't even compared it to Anne Rice books..i just like comparing Lestat and Edward. lol. but that's not comparing novels, because in order for me to compate, i'd have to actually read Twilight. I know enough about Edward without reading to compare him to Lestat.

It’s the flaws that paint an admittedly idealistic world where there is one person who will continue to love you unconditionally and there’s this idea of perfection.

even if life isn't perfect, you can still find someone to love you unconditionally - i found it. Craig loves me despite my baggage and many flaws. and we will fight, everyone does. But i love him anyway. being scared, fighting, it's truth that you are acknowledging one another and that is important.

i have a girl on my flist who thinks Chuck is the greatest thing to ever walk the earth, lol.

some impressionable minds don't know that the world isn't like that though - my siblings don't (they are 15 and 17). They think things will just fall from the sky into their lap and that everything comes easily. it's not easy.

you read what i had to say before. My basis for everything is, as always, life is never perfect. You keep trying, you fail, you laugh, you love, you cry...but don't ever give up. maybe if Meyer had portrayed that, i would like it despite everything. that is my motto and i wish i could preach it to the world.


Edited at 2008-11-25 10:18 pm (UTC)
Vex: Princess Wan-chanvexatively on November 26th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)

And I really really have to do homework. Our play is this Friday and we have rehearsals until God-knows-when on Thursday. So this might be on indefinite hiatus, lol. Might pick up never. SO BE LUCKY I'M PUTTING THIS ON HOLD, BECAUSE I COULD DECIMATE YOU. not rlly? ^~^

Rai-Chan: Faerieluna_rai on November 26th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
I enjoy the Twilight Saga as well. Twilight, more so than the rest of the books in the series but they are all good. :]

Oh. I thought I was on my other LJ too. Oops. HAHA. Well this is lovinthelove just to let you know. I'm too lazy to sign out and sign back in on that one.

And I would like to state here and now.
That I'm sorry I didn't wish you happy birthday on you Birthday.
I thought about you!
I did. I even attempted to start up the computer to wish you well, but it didn't want to log me in. :/ and then I left to go get some grape juice and I didn't get the computer back. :/
I'm sorry!
Vex: Honey Never Alonevexatively on November 26th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Pretty icon!

And it's totally okay; hope the grape juice was awesome. XDDD <33333