I don't understand why alot of people - not just young adults - seem to have completely gone off the rails and simply love swooning over pathetic romances, bland, unbuilt characters and makeshift vampires?Bella [TWILIGHT] might be the most depressing teenage role-model since Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. But 130 minutes of her moping and Taylor Lautner's abs made twice as much money ($142,839,137) in one weekend as Funny People and Zombieland's total box-office combined.
I have nothing against Urban Fantasy books, even Young Adult ones. It's just a genre. A genre that is getting punched in the face.
I have nothing against crappy Romance books. They are fun for some people, they are escapism. But they should not be able to be held up as the GREATEST WORK OF LITERATURE EVUR.
I tried searching Fantasy on Amazon, all I wanted were great, interesting books and classics. All I get is Twilight, Twilight, Twilight and something about '_____ was an ordinary girl. No one loved her. BUT THEN A VAMPIRE DID.'
Bad issues, bad romances, are all right in books if handled with some kind of overview and knowledge. Not glorified.
How can we teach people what good writing, good characters are? How can we change this?