Originally posted by PhoeniXof_Hades
Sarina, I thought you did not read the Twilight series yet?
Well, I did not read the True Blood series, so I really can't comment on how it is. Truth be told, I did not read the Twilight series completely as well (not that I didn't try it
), so I might be wrong on many counts. Any Twihards around, feel free to correct me up.
Whether Twilight is a good story or not is a subjective question, so I will not comment on that as well. While I found the Twilight's story to be thoroughly boring and typical, others may feel Twilight to be an extremely interesting and intriguing read *gulp*. But when it comes down to the subject of literary/artistic quality, Meyer's writing lacks it completely.
Now before the Twihards come and start eating my head...please listen to what I have got to say first:
I know that many of the Twihards will say that how much fascinating they found the Twilight series to be, and how, even people who had never read a single book before in their life, had gulped the entire book within a few days, and how madly they fell in love with this book and Edward...but none of these things equate the novel on having an artistic quality that would give this book a permanent value. I do not think that the literary qualities a book contains within it can be counted/measured on the basis of the enjoyment felt during reading it, mostly because that is an extremely subjective analysis. I, for one, had read many classics that had driven me to tears of boredom, but that doesn't stop me from saying that they are good books. Similarly I have read countless potboilers and thoroughly enjoyed it, but, once again, that doesn't stop me from saying that those books are nothing but pure potboilers.
A good book isn't counted on its story or plot, but rather the theme it expresses. All great literary works have a themes larger than the novel, a theme that would remain alive even when the hype of the book had died down. The theme is the real aspect of any literary work. The theme is the soul while the story is the body. Twilight does not give rise to any moral, ethical, philosophical questions, neither does it contain anything that would keep living even when the book had been closed down.
I am not saying that Twilight isn't a good read - it might be, to many. But the fact that Meyer had done nothing to rise Twilight above the typical-teenage-novel cannot be denied either.
I watched the movie and have started reading Twilight. Heard people rave about it. Not read Southern Vampire Mysteries yet, but watched the first few eps of True blood. Heard people rave about it too.
Twilight is not a bad series at all. It is absorbing. But nothing to get so much hype. Just an average teenage fiction. I do not get the hype at all. I'm actually baffled at Twihards. Must be me, I just do not see the phenomenon.
Although, I disagree a book has to give rise to moral, ethical and philosophical questions. 'Green Eggs & Ham' is by far the best book ever written, period. No question about it.