11.26.08

Twilight Read-Alikes

Posted in Twilight at 9:39 pm by Bridget

One of my favorite Twilight Read-Alikes is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. It isn’t exactly a paranormal romance and it doesn’t have the green rainy brooding feel of Twilight, but it has some of the same appeal as far as hot guys and monsters go. There’s quite a bit more action so for those of us who are huge Buffy fans, this makes it even more satisfying. Plus, there are demon hunters! I know, how perfect can one book get? I’m so excited for the third one to come out!

Has anyone else tried this series? I feel like it hasn’t quite gotten the attention it deserves and I’m not sure why. 

Also, I just discovered this awesome link on Meg Cabot’s blog for people looking for read alike authors. It’s a read alike map!

Have a great holiday!

Bridget

p.s. Janet, is that how you spell Read-Alike? It looks really weird, but I just did an online survey of libraries and they all do it differently.

11.24.08

Twilight on the Silver Screen

Posted in Twilight at 11:19 am by Janet

Twilight was so dreamy! I have a crush on Robert Pattinson now. And his gorgeous hair. Sigh.

Beyond my ridiculous crush, I thought the movie was visually impressive. And, yes, it was cheesy. My Twilight-watching companion, who has not read the book, thought Kristen Stewart performed well. He was intrigued by the Cullen family and wanted to know more about their back stories and motivations.

By Sunday night it seemed like the hysteria had died down a bit. The theater wasn’t too crowded. No one was dressed up, but I did see a girl wearing a Twilight t-shirt. There was a bit of giggling in the audience at key parts.

I just read that a sequel is in the works. Oooh! But how are they going to make Eclipse? Nothing happens in that book.

11.22.08

The Morning After

Posted in Twilight at 2:45 pm by Bridget

I saw Twilight last night and I don’t know what to think. There were times during the movie that I was thinking this was the best movie ever (in a teen romance kind of way) and times I was pretty sure it was the worst. It was so over the top!

No costumes in the audience, but seeing it with a theatre full of teen girls was definitely worth going opening weekend. They were so great — clapping and shrieking when the name Twilight came up, gasping when each familiar character came on screen — huge reaction to Jacob, Carlyle and, of course, Edward, and lots of general swooning over the romance. 

Even though it was sometimes awful or maybe because of that, I could see this being a sleepover party movie for a long long long time to come. 

Bridget

11.20.08

Lady and the Vamp

Posted in Twilight at 10:00 pm by Janet

Thank you, Georgia, for the interview and the insights! 

I got tickets for Twilight. I’m going on Sunday night. I hope it won’t be too crowded and also that I won’t hear too many spoilers before then!

I just have a few more things to get off my chest about the book…Bella and Edward’s, er, failure to consummate their relationship really bothered me throughout New Moon and Eclipse. I kept thinking that if these were adult books, they would have done it already! I really dislike it when I can tell I’m reading a children’s book. I think a mark of a good children’s book is that it is not noticeably written for children. The topics can be kid-friendly, but the action should be believable in context and the reader shouldn’t get the sense that the author is talking down to the audience. For instance, Harry Potter was about kids/teenagers, but the books made me feel scared, curious, and amazed. There was never a time when I thought, geez, when is Harry going to boink Ginny? Or, when is another character going to bite it already?

Many aspects of the Twilight series just felt too gentle, like the author was trying to please too many people (parents, Edward fans, Jacob fans, etc.) I also wonder how her religious beliefs influenced her portrayal of Bella in relation to men. 

In the end, all of my grumpiness about sex/no sex in Twilight came and bit me in the butt. A middle-school girl at the library told me her parents wouldn’t let her read Breaking Dawn because of the s-e-x. Oh man, I thought, if kids this young and younger are reading these books, it’s a good thing that the author was so conservative! Bella may be a sketchy role model, but at least she won’t inspire girls to sleep with the first vampire they meet. They’ll at least wait until they’re married to the vampire. And that’s ok, right????

 What do you think?

11.19.08

First Ever Author Interview

Posted in Interviews, Twilight at 11:52 pm by Bridget

Welcome to our first ever interview on Tarts’ Wardrobe!

Georgia Beaverson is a Madison, WI author and freelance writer/editor whose first title The Hidden Arrow of Maether (Delacorte 2000), a mid-grade fantasy, was published under her pen name Aiden Beaverson. She’s now moved into young adult fiction and has recently written a paranormal romance featuring werewolves.

Why did you choose werewolves over other paranormal romantic possibilities (like, say, hot vampires)? 

I love how connected to the earth and to their physical selves wolves, and by extension werewolves, are. The idea of being able to increase the intensity of the human senses, well, that’s pretty exciting, isn’t it? And somehow, relating physically to what is essentially an animated corpse, well, that feels kind of creepy to me. I’m not saying that vampires can’t be hot, but I personally prefer something warm to snuggle with.

Can you tell us a little bit about your story?

My protagonist, Fil, is fat, funny, smart and snarky. She’s new to a small-town school in a fictional northern Wisconsin town, and her senses immediately start picking up all kinds of extra-normal information — especially her sense of smell. In particular, she can’t help but notice one hot guy, Nick Varger, who simultaneously takes a big interest in her. His odor is delicious and tantalizing and unnerving. Slowly, Fil starts to realize that whatever is happening to her is somehow tied to Nick. In the words of Glen Hansard of The Frames, they are “in this boat together.” The boat just happens to be turning into a werewolf.

How did you research this book? 

I used a combination of listening to music (The Frames, Snow Patrol, Emmett Tinley to inspire the relationship part of the book) and reading (for the cultural aspects of the werewolf legends). I latched onto some Irish and Scandinavian shape-shifter details, and combined them with other things to create my own werewolf lore. Spent time putting myself in Fil’s shoes, and in Nick’s, wondering how it would feel to have your entire body change, how it would feel to be much more connected to everything around you in a very animal way, how it would feel to start a relationship with someone who had the same gigantic secret. I researched some medieval stuff to come up with some small details to make myself happy, and tried to keep much of the shifter (aka, werewolf) behavior tied to real wolf behavior to ground it in reality.

Janet and I have been discussing the merits of the Twilight books and the Twilight phenomenon — what do you think of this series?

I think Twilight had a lot to live up to. Vampire books have long had a strong romantic/sexy aspect, so there’s nothing new in a romance book with a vampire as the love interest. That said, while I thoroughly enjoyed reading Twilight itself, I did feel disappointed in the protagonist, Bella, and in her relationship with Edward, especially in the subsequent books. Jacob seemed a much more fully developed character than either of them, one who actually changes and grows as opposed to just reacting to outside events. In my mind, he was the hero of the books and he flattened into a less dimensional character in the final novel. That was just a shame.

Do you have any super fab werewolf or paranormal romance titles you’d recommend?

Robin McKinley’s Sunshine, which I wouldn’t necessarily classify as a romance although it does have romantic tension running throughout, has vampires. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, has werewolves. And of course the marvelous Scott Westerfeld’s Peeps and The Last Days have vampires. Wonderfully original and NOT romance novel-y. I hear that Annette Curtis Klause’s Blood and Chocolate (werewolves) is really good, but I just bought it today (I can read it now that my book’s written). But above them all towers Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, who it must be said, started her life in a script and is therefore a genuine literary character (in my book, anyway). And she’s just butt-kicking good! I know there are many other excellent vamp/werewolf novels; these are the ones that spring to mind immediately.

I know that you aren’t certain of your title yet and we want people to be able to find your book once it’s out — are you planning to put your new werewolf book out under your given name or your pen name?

I will probably publish under Aiden Beaverson again since I started my fiction career with it. But don’t be surprised if I revert to Georgia; a girl’s allowed to change her mind at a moment’s notice, right? And please let your readers know that this book is the first in a series; I’m seriously working away at book number two (and listening to Emmett Tinley nonstop for inspiration).

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