I’ve been taking my time since the last post, but I did have three discs worth of Twilight-y goodness to pour over! There are two things I got from watching the movie again:
- Surprisingly, I forgot how much I liked it.
- I now have a bit of a beef to pick with Stephen King
There’s nothing wrong with King. I like him, and his column in Entertainment Weekly is well written, informative, and usually spot on. So, where’s the beef? Well media-powerhouse USA Weekend published an interview with the horror master where he bashed on Stephenie Meyer pretty good. His assertion that Meyer “can’t write worth a darn” is neither here nor there. I take issue with this:
…in the case of Stephenie Meyer, it’s very clear that she’s writing to a whole generation of girls and opening up kind of a safe joining of love and sex in those books. It’s exciting and it’s thrilling and it’s not particularly threatening because they’re not overtly sexual. A lot of the physical side of it is conveyed in things like the vampire will touch her forearm or run a hand over skin, and she just flushes all hot and cold. And for girls, that’s a shorthand for all the feelings that they’re not ready to deal with yet.
Overt sexuality does not a great love story make, good sir. (Sidenote: He must have missed Breaking Dawn.) Sure the saga is juvenile at points and Meyer’s own values were clearly infused in the romantic relationships of her characters; but she was writing about teenagers and she is a religious person.
What Meyer achieved quite well was introducing a new generation to real romance in the literary tradition. Romeo and Juliet. Heathcliff and Cathy. Mr. Darcy and Lizzie. I think it was kind of a brilliant way to tie in what are now seen as antiquated courtship rituals without appearing to be overtly “mormonizing.”
All I know is that I read the first book in the more horned-up True Blood series long after finishing the Twilight Saga, and it just didn’t do it for me. It didn’t come close to touching the intensity of Edward and Bella’s love story…You can’t beat the good ol’ fashioned combo of infatuation and angst. It’s more realistic than we have been led to believe, and it’s what all women want–not just what little girls can handle, Stevie. Why do you think Jane Austen is still so popular?