Yep, I’m reading Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight.
I caved in after listening to a podcast about whether Meyer’s series was the new multi-generational chick lit.
I should just say that DH had, prior to this, brought it to my attention, suggesting we at least see the first flick. I had grunted my disinterest.
I was prepared to be thrown back to the days of Sweet Valley High with a spot of Buffy thrown in for good measure, but I have thus far been sadly disappointed. I’m just over half way through the first book, and I’m wondering if I’ll make it to see the dawn. It’s slow, it’s agonisingly slow, and every little facial expression or bodily gesture must be analysed and dissected in the way that only a teen can.
To top it off, there has been a feminist argument suggesting that Bella, our clumsy heroine, is submissive: from letting the boys drive her car to letting them save her, or decide where they’ll (she’ll) eat dinner. I’m waiting for a strong female character to emerge. So far there’s none. Even Bella’s mother (with whom she doesn’t live any more because her mother was having a hard time managing the conflict between her daughter’s needs and her boyfriend’s travel itinerary) is a bit of a tragic case – she’s disorganised, scatty, needs looking after.
I do remember that, as teenagers, my friends and I were prone to agonies over the tiniest detail of social interactions, so in that not insignificant way the book probably reaches its target audience. I do worry, however, as the mother of a rapidly growing daughter, whether DD will see Bella as just dealing with the swamping agonies of first love, or as something to aspire to. Nothing is ever read in isolation, of course, but it’s a mother’s prerogative to agonise about these things. (Does the agony never end?)
PS. IMHO, Buffy was much cooler. What she lacked in verbosity she made up for in physical and emotional strength. She had the Scoobies – a gang comprised of solid, meaningful friendships – and somehow walked the line between right and wrong with courage and style. She was the SLAYER!