The Literary Merits of Twilight

5 Jun

I just reread the first two pages of Twilight (after reading a tweet by Kelly Oxford), and I’m ready to admit that the writing is atrocious. I usually roll my eyes at people who take mainstream best-selling novels and dissect them like they’re literary tomes. Don’t read Dan Brown through the same lens as you would Jonathan Franzen. The Da Vinci Code wasn’t about the writing, it was about the ride. There’s nothing worse than a snob who jumps on the hate-wagon for pop-culture phenomenons, thinking it makes them sound wise. I couldn’t stand listening to people bash Stephenie Meyer (also . . . who freaking cares?), but then I revisited the first two pages:

“Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved. Noble, even. That ought to count for something.”

I still grimace when people are quick to tell me how awful the writing in Eat Pray Love is, or how silly Lauren Conrad’s books are (what did you expect?), but I think I’m ready to talk about what a piece of shit Twilight is. And now I’m just confused at how I read the entire series in the first place. The writing is so bad it actually gets in the way of reading it. I just . . . don’t understand.

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