11.11.08

Twilight Chocolate!

Posted in Twilight at 4:20 pm by Bridget

Twilight Chocolate! Did you try it, Janet???? That seems like just such a brilliant idea to me. V. clever marketing. I don’t know if I’d be able to resist it. Like those Dark Side M&M’s that were out for a while. I don’t even like M&M’s but those ones called to me. “Bridget, come eat me, you know you want to, we are full of dark chocolate-y goodness, come over to the dark side…” Kind of like that. Good thing there are no Barnes and Nobles in my neighborhood.

I hate to agree that maybe our good friend Steph didn’t get edited as much as maybe she needed to on Breaking Dawn, but it could be true. While I see a rise in people openly talking smack about books as they become popular, there also sometimes seems to be a lowering of editorial guidance as an author becomes successful. Maybe the authors turn into prima donnas (my dream, I must admit — “no, I only wash my hair with spring water, spring water, damn it! And bring me that $1000 pen*.”) or maybe the publishers feel like hey, things are going swell, let’s not mess with a good thing here.

I’m so glad to hear that the teens aren’t looking at Bella as a role model. I knew they were smarter than that. I did hear that girl finding an Edward, getting pregnant etc. story, but I thought it was probably a rumor. And/or she was just looking for a bad role model and this happened to be the most appealing.

I did lie about not having role models from books. I just remembered how much I wanted to be Fat Kid from Fat Kid Rules the World for a while and become a punk rock star. I thought it would be a good way to go to concerts without people sweating and spilling things on me. Also, he was just so cool. But I haven’t actually followed through on this so much and I think I’ve moved on.

In the vampire vs. werewolf as boyfriend debate, I would like to throw faerie kings and fallen angels into the running to expand a person’s paranormal options. I’m still a fan of vampires, but the fallen angel in Repossessed is so fabulous! Everyone who is above the age where cursing and a frank view of sex is shocking or inappropriate should read that book.

And I definitely want to hear about the moral message of Twilight because I tried really hard to ignore it and not to think about the author’s religious background at the time, but now that it’s all over and I’ve had my happy time reading it I think I can face it.

Bridget
*Actually, there probably wouldn’t be a whole lot of cursing if I were in the position to be a prima donna. Or spring water for my hair. Or $1000 pens (what would I even do with one?). But you bet there’d be some EXCITING and DRAMATIC things. Like owning more than two pairs of pants**. Yes!

**Owning only two pairs of pants is not as crazy as it sounds. I just moved across the country and only so many things could come. All sub-par pants bit the dust. Unfortunately, that ended up being a lot of pants. I’m working on this.

8 Comments »

  1. jone said,

    November 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I have had fun reading this new blog. I really must get the rest of the Twilight series and finish. Just read the first. There are too many books to read. Drat!

  2. Judy Bryan said,

    November 12, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Bridget and Janet,

    Love the name of this blog! I’m looking forward to reading it and keeping up to date on YA lit. I hear you’re the experts. :)

    I loved Twilight! So did both my daughters (ages 10 and 15 when it came out). We couldn’t put it down and eagerly waited for the next book. Let’s just say it went down hill from there (for me). I don’t know if it was lazy editing or an overconfidence in the author after Twilight did so well. Both my daughter’s favorite of the series was Eclipse.

    I finished the series just to see how it would end, but found myself skimming. A lot. And that whole impriting thing on a child? Ewwww. Didn’t like that at all. Maybe it’s the mom in me. If a grown man took an interest in one of my daughters with the intention of marrying her when they’re of age, uh, yeah, that’s just creepy and stalker-ish. Kind of wrecked the series for me.

    Though I must say I’m looking forward to the Twilight movie, as that was my favorite of the series.

  3. Mother of the copy editor said,

    November 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I thought you might like to know that today a mom came to me to request Breaking Dawn. She said, “I guess these books are the new Harry P.” I said, “Well maybe for girls of a certain age.” She said, “Oh, my boys are reading them. I told my 9-year-old he had to finish the last one before he can see the movie.” I was speechless. I should have asked whether she had read them.

  4. Bibliovore said,

    November 14, 2008 at 1:02 am

    I read the first two–thought the first one was all right, but got disgusted with Bella in the second (sorry!) and didn’t bother with the rest. But there’s no denying they are the original hotcakes right now, with butter and syrup.

    I get a lot of kids, in a wide range of ages, of both genders, asking me for the book. But they only know the title (one kid asked me for Twiglet. You better believe THAT went round and round for awhile before the 40-watt bulb flashed on!) and they kinda yeah-shrug when I ask if it’s the one about vampires. Mostly it’s wanting to read what the other kids are reading. My library has a waiting list of, no joke, 700-something, so only the really truly interested pursue it that far.

    (In other notes; I’m trying to subscribe to this blog and can’t! Is your Atom feed okay?)

  5. Clare Bell said,

    November 16, 2008 at 2:57 am

    For fantasy boyfriends, what about nice were-cat? A big one, like a were-cougar, or were-lion. He’d certainly keep you warm at night, curling around you like a warm furry pillow. Were-wolves and vampires have been done to death. Next up, were-cat lovers…

  6. Bridget said,

    November 17, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Jone, I’m so glad that you like the blog! I’d definitely recommend at least reading the first one so you know what all of the fuss is about.

    Hi Judy! Thanks for the compliment on the name. Sort of an inside joke — I hope people don’t think it’s actually about food or clothes (though they’ll probably come up here and there, so maybe those people won’t be disappointed!). The first book is my favorite too. What is it about Eclipse that your girls liked?

    Hello Janet’s mom! Thanks for checking out our blog. Love to hear tales from the ref desk during my hiatus.

    Bibliovore, that is too funny! Twiglet! Yeah, that one would take me a couple of minutes to decode. We’ve been having some RSS/Atom issues, but I’ve heard that people have been able to access them since then. You might be able to get it now, but if you don’t, please let me know!

    Clare Bell — I had never thought of a nice were-cat. It would be nice to have a warm furry pillow. My only concern is that I’m pretty sure if my (very loving and adorable) cats were big enough that they would probably eat me. I’d be worried that if I made a sudden move my were-cat boyfriend might pounce! But it might be worth the risk.

    Bridget

  7. Janet said,

    November 17, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I’m still pro-werewolf, but only because I’m a dog person and not so much a cat person. A werewolf or even a werecat boyfriend is better than a vampire boyfriend, in my opinion, because they’ll keep you warm and they don’t live forever while not aging. It would be nice if they could control when they phased or whatever and didn’t attack you.

  8. Bridget said,

    November 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    The keeping them from attacking you thing would definitely be at the top of the lists of “musts” for fantasy boyfriends.

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