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Twilight of the pop-culture geeks

December 4th, 2008 (10:03 am)

Whilst quickly passing through ASDA last night on a shopping run, I happened to spot Twilight available on their bookshelves for a mere £4. I was so incredibly tempted to pick it up and see whether it is indeed as bad as I've been told.

Should I pick up Twilight?

Yes, for it is a wonderful glittery thing.
Yes, for the lolz!
What? I've never even heard of this Twilight thing.
No, for it will destroy your very soul!
No, there's plenty of bad fanfic out there for you to read already.
No, No, NO! Why are you even considering this? Idiot.

I suspect The Guardian, as spotted by shapinglight, would be voting for option 6 here.


Posted by: 4thdixiechick (4thdixiechick)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)

I tried to read the books, because all my students love them. I put it down when Edward sparkled in the sunlight. No, really, he does(I almost had an anuerysm, I think).

Check out this site for why you shouldn't read the books (or should, for the lolz...) http://cleoland.pbwiki.com/Twilight#Bookdiscussionentries

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Fantasia re-mix

*eyes link* I suspect that'll keep me happily occupied until x-mas is over.

Posted by: 4thdixiechick (4thdixiechick)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)

Oh, yes!
It's by cleolinda, who also writes the "Movies in 15 Minutes" recaps at m15m.

Good, snarky fun all around!

Posted by: Daveosaurus (southerndave)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)

I read an excerpt from the book in someone else's journal.

"Bad" barely comes into it. It looks like the sort of drivel I write for NaNoWriMo: random excess words everywhere. I am not a competent writer at any time and was aiming for quantity, not quality. It's almost as if Meyer was being paid by the word and wanted to get as much from her publisher as possible.

But I know people who really love the book/s. Most of them are young women under 20. Make of that what you will.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
Head-desky [lurker32]

Somehow, I have the horrible feeling they'll grow up and then start reading the Anita Blake books.

Posted by: Shapinglight (shapinglight)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)

I couldn't do your poll, because I think you should go for an option that isn't on there. If you want to see what the fuss is about and whether the book's really as bad as people say, don't buy it. This will only encourage the author to write more.

You could always borrow it from a library.

Er- um that sounded a bit worthy. Sorry.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)

I plan on flicking through it next time I'm in a major book store. Nothing quite like making up one's own mind.

*makes sign of the cross* AHHH!! Worthiness! Get back!

Posted by: keith5by5 (keith5by5)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)

A relative who knew I was into vampires etc saw one and bought it for me.

Badly written crap, very juvenile both in outlook and execution.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)

I don't think you should hold back. Tell me how you really feel...

Posted by: keith5by5 (keith5by5)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)

Lol. Alright then.

Reads like a pre-teen girl's first try at gothic romance.

Posted by: The one with all the pictures (daniidebrabant)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)

I'm with the go to the library person. For one, she doesn't deserve your money. For two, once you read the evil, you will not want it in your house.

Posted by: skipp_of_ark (skipp_of_ark)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)

On the other hand, the library option means your civic duty is to return it so that somebody else might read it, and you might be tempted by the moral imperative to toss it into the dustbin instead. (What's a dustbin? The late Bill Hicks mentions one in his routine about visiting England the day that the L.A. riots occurred. I read in a newspaper over in England: "Yesterday some hooligans knocked over a dustbin in Shapsbury." Woo-hoo! The hooligans are loose! The hooligans are loose! What if they become ruffians?)

Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Bill Nye the Science Guy

Option 7: I've heard of it, but never read it, and prolly wont.

Posted by: idylll (idylll)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)

Think you should experience it once, to see how bad it is. But i don't think you should pay good money for it. Borrow/dl it.

Posted by: Piffle, yes, but superior piffle. (hardlyfatal)
Posted at: December 4th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)

I can send you a scanned version in .pdf format, should you not want to go to the trouble of schlepping to the library. Trust me when I say, paying 4 lbs. for it is 4 lbs. too many. It's a literary Twinkie-- fine while consuming it, but ultimately devoid of substance.

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