In defence of Twilight

06/01/12 6:00 AM

I’m late to the Twilight saga party, and I know this subject has probably been talked about to death, but I find myself qualifying my reviews of the books with statements like this: “I enjoyed the Twilight saga (pause at the look of people’s disbelief) … I mean, despite (cough-sputter)  issues with the prose.” I add that last bit because I’m a cowardly shit sometimes, worried about what people (who? I don’t even know anymore) will think of me. Because, well, we writers aren’t supposed to, you know, actually LIKE Twilight. We lose our writer-cards or something.

That’s a load of bull. So let me be clear: I enjoyed the Twilight saga. Period. So there.

Yeah, I found the dialogue tags annoying in the first book, but they went away (or I got used to them) in the next three. I skimmed some sections, but dog knows I did that during Great Expectations and some of Austen in high school.  Pretty small quibbles for over 1500+ pages of prose. And I thought Meyer really hit her stride by the last book (as in, she grew as a writer. Which is kinda the point).

I know saying all this shows that I’m scrappy and not particularly refined in my literary tastes, at least according to some of the high-brow lit snobs out there. I’m fine with being scrappy. The books were fabulous escape reading (at a time when I really needed the escape), and the world Meyer built was vivid and three-dimensional. I read New Moon, which was over 500 pages, in one evening. One. And I loved every minute of it.

There, I feel better now. 🙂

Oh, by the way: I loved The DaVinci Code as well (I might get my MFA taken away for that blasphemy).

Do you ever feel you have to defend what you read? If yes, why (and if no, why not)? Share in the comments.

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4 Comments on “In defence of Twilight”

  1. Steve T Says:

    Of course. What’s funny to me is the majority of people who condemn a writer have never read any of the author’s work. I have never read the Twilight series, and while I’m sure the writing is not excellent, the story has captivated millions. I can usually put up with mediocre prose if the story is good enough, though I’m not sure I’d get through five books’ worth of it.

    I remember riding the subway in NY in the 80s and breaking out my Martin Amis, John Irving or Jay McInerney novels, which I loved. But then I’d get home and read Stephen King’s Eyes of the Dragon and Misery, far from the judgmental stares of the A-train book snobs.

  2. Robyn Says:

    Ha! I’d be willing to bet that in just about every book snob’s reading “closet” is a book he or she loves, but it’s one he or she would never, ever admit to loving.

    And you’re right: it always drives me nuts when people condemn a writer they haven’t read. (Ditto with people condemning e-readers, even if they’ve never read a whole book on one.)

  3. Ghenet Says:

    I thought the Twilight series was okay. Didn’t love it but didn’t hate it either. I still haven’t read the last book.

    I enjoyed The DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons. I say – who cares what people think about what you read. What’s important is that you’re reading.

  4. Robyn Says:

    @Ghenet — Yep, you’re absolutely correct…we shouldn’t care, as long as we’re reading (and as long as we’re open to trying new things — I think that’s important as well).