Review 1: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga Part 2

So last week I talked about the underlying themes of the Twilight Saga as I see them: anti-feminism and sexual restraint. It’s not just me who believes this by the way, arguments like mine are plastered all over the Internet on sites like WordPress and Wikipedia.

Moving on from that, I finished last time with a quote from Stephen King:

“Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”

This is an opinion I share in so many ways that if I listed them this post would take five years to read! Ok, I’m exaggerating, but still, King’s right. The description is lacking, the dialogue is unrealistic and repetitive, the characters aren’t well shaped at all, and the narrative voice is pathetically weak.

As the books are written from Bella’s perspective, it’s possible to argue that because Meyer may have intended Bella to be a ‘stripped-down’ character, she is incapable of describing the world around her in a well-formed manner. To be honest though, I think Meyer just isn’t very good at writing; she had never written anything before Twilight, that’s just not fair!

I’ll be truthful, I’m jealous and I wish my writing would be noticed in the same way. Although I would prefer to be noticed on the merit of my writing, not the possible popularity of my book due to underlying sexual themes which young teenage girls can relate to. Oh and the attractive actors who play the main characters in the film, which shouldn’t have been made in the first place.

In summary, Stephenie Meyer is a woman who can market herself very well considering that what she’s marketing goes against popular culture, and that her writing style is under-developed and downright shoddy. She should have gone into advertising…God I wish she’d gone into advertising…

Review 1: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga Part 1

Stephenie Meyer. We all know who she is, and we all know exactly what she did (if you’ve been under a rock for the past few years, to put it bluntly, she took a great big dump on the English language). The Twilight series is absolutely terrible, I tried to read it, but I failed; that’s very rare for me, I have only ever had to stop reading a novel a few times out of hundreds. Her crazy Mormon dream seems to about resisting sexual urges and, anti-feminism, two of the most ridiculous notions ever conceived of!

Sexual Urges are one of the many things that make us human, without them there would be slim chance of the human race surviving for very long.

Woman: I want a baby, what do you think Nick?

Man: Yes I think that’s a spiffing idea, shall we go upstairs?

Woman: What, now? Are you crazy? Countdown is on!

Man: Ah, my mistake, sorry dear. I wonder if I’ll guess any nine letters this time…

It just doesn’t work! This is not to say that that Stephenie Meyer is trying to destroy the human race through the impression of anti-sex views onto young girls, wielding a scythe made from her Mormon beliefs and using it to attack popular culture; just that she’s a bit naive when it comes to real world, modern problems.

As for the anti-feminism, she may as well have plastered a huge sign across the biggest building she could find in every city across the globe with the words ‘Women are completely helpless at leading their own lives, but don’t worry ladies, ignore your new-found equality with men and subject yourself to an abusive, hassle-free life with a man who can protect/give money to you!’. Whether this unprovoked attack on women-kind is intentional or not, we’ll never know. However, what we can know is that at least subconsciously, Meyer is anti-feminist.

Wikipedia (not the most reliable source I know) had this to say on the matter: “Meyer has been criticized by feminists who consider Meyer an anti-feminist writer, saying that the series romanticizes a physically abusive relationship, pointing to red flags that include Bella’s entire life revolving around Edward; never being in control of her own life; being absolutely dependent on Edward’s ability to protect her life, her virginity, and her humanity; and the physical injuries Bella suffers from finally consummating her relationship with Edward. Meyer has dismissed such criticisms, arguing both that the books center around Bella’s choice, and that her damsel in distress persona is due only to her humanity”

I feel I could rant on this for a lot longer than would be reasonable for a single blog post, so expect part 2 of this Trash segment next Monday. For now however I’ll give you a quote from the great Stephen King, who summed up Meyer better that I ever could:

“Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”

Thank you Stephen.