As I announced on Friday, I am reading Twilight here at the blog, just ... out of curiosity, sort of. And because we always like to know what we're talking about when we find cultural happenings (e.g., vampire lust) to be kind of weird.
Our discussions will start up next week, but in the meantime, as those who are so inclined are obtaining/reading the book for themselves, I invited them to chime in on Twitter with the hashtag #monkeyread so that we could track their progress. The results have been entertaining, and I wanted to share some of them.
"Are husky voices a sign of arousal or hunger or infectious sinusitis? I can never remember." — @wolfchick, who originally suggested this project in the comments, in response to a note from me regarding a part of the book that says, "His voice was even huskier than before."
"Love the random use of SAT words. Makes Bella more realistic, because all 17-year-olds use 'permeable' when describing clothes." — @azureflower
"The lecture on the rules of badminton takes MORE than one class period? WTF is this high school?" — @madmarvelgirl
"Can't stand her smell, ice cold hands - I think there's something odd about this Edward Cullen person." — @colette2008
"Moody. Watches you sleep. Aloof. Eyes change colors. Says he loves you; bares teeth. Eats weird stuff. He's a cat." — @timtastic
"Between Edward's sparkly skin and enticing aroma, I'm starting to wonder if he's a Strawberry Shortcake doll." — @MissMaryel
And at the same time...
"You know, after you get past all of Bella's clunky narration, the introduction of Edward was quite nice, I think." @wolfchick
"Credit where it's due: if the most important rule of writing is 'don't be boring,' TWILIGHT hasn't bored me yet." — @madmarvelgirl
So I think we're on track. Amused at times, and yet — as stated in the rules — trying to give the book a chance. Speaking for myself, it takes a while to get used to the super-blunt, everything-is-explained writing style (if writers are usually told "show, don't tell," this book is mostly "tell, don't show"), but once you do, I will just say ... it's not good, but I understand why it's popular. For now, we'll leave it at that.
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