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August 19th, 2010, 09:21 AM #1
Our world has problems. [BAD BOOKS]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?
August 19th, 2010, 09:52 AM #2
You can't. Sturgeon's law applies not only to literature, but to the people who read it as well.
August 19th, 2010, 10:01 AM #3
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Careful Luya, if you don't like Twilight there is a serious possibility of KatG dropping a wall of text on your head
August 19th, 2010, 10:11 AM #4
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Not coming over preachy and elitist would be a good start. If people want to read yet another supernatural romance for (heaven forbid) entertainment then so what , It's not as if the popularity of Urban/Supernatural fantasy is stopping people reading or writing better novels , so why the snobbish attitude that it is somehow important to stop people reading books like Twilight.
I have never ever seen anyone claim Supernatural romances are somehow 'best literature eva' , I doubt that anyone actually thinks they are . I have no idea why you think we need to teach these people what good writing or characterisation is, or why you think that your personal opinion on what makes a good book should have on what the general populace reads for fun.
August 19th, 2010, 10:51 AM #5
Actually, the Twilight army DOES think Twilight is the best literature eva, but that's only because for most of them it is the ONLY literature they've ever read.
And although Rulkez has a point, it is not completely valid to me. Yes, obviously if people want to read ****, it's their prerogative to do so, but publishers have a moral obligation to not only supply product, but also... educate the culture of readership. And it is also not entirely true that spewing Urban/Supernatural fantasy is not stopping people from reading or writing better novels. Because to publish all that quantity of "loved by a vampire" crap, you need to NOT publish other stuff. And good books generally sell less than bad ones, simplistic and absurd as it sounds...
August 19th, 2010, 11:35 AM #6
I really don't think you should accuse someone of being snobbish when you have misunderstood what they are saying. Or, just don't accuse anyone of anything and keep debate to the subject.
I understand why it's popular. I can get that people like easy reads and escapism. I don't like, however, that people look up to this and think it is THE BEST EVUH. I don't like that people who, at one point, were considered good sources for literature fuel the fire and agree. Educated people praise these books. Educated people say 'This is the modern Romeo and Juliet!' Unless they are trollin' and mean it ironically (as R&J was a parody and all), it's madness. -Braces-
It's like me saying the 'Wind Singer' series are the best fantasy books ever written. I loved them when I was a pre-teen. But they are just easy reads.
Stephen King gets what I'm trying to say.
August 19th, 2010, 12:52 PM #7
Substitute popular music for popular books and this is not a new complaint. How could anyone claim the Beatles were the best music eva when they could be listening to Mozart?
This is probably not new even for books. I'll bet some people complained about other people liking all that new Shakespeare (later Dickens, later Twain, later Tolkien) crap when there was so much better stuff out there.
Rather than trying to correct the choices of people based on what they choose to read, I'd rather have them more properly phrase their response to the works. If fans of Twilight really did intend to claim that those books are the pinnacle of literature, then I'd have to dump a bowl of mashed potatoes on their heads. But if they (hopefully more correctly) stated that they enjoyed those books more than any others they'd ever read, then I'd be happy for them that they found something they liked so much, even if I don't share their enthusiasm.
It would be nice if shelf space was more evenly distributed between the popular stuff and the "more proper" stuff, so that the latest fads don't shade out more substantial works, but that's not how economics works.
I'll optimistically consider the Twilight phenomenon to be, hopefully also like the Harry Potter phenomenon, the "gateway drug" to better reading. If someone discovers a love for books by being introduced to them through the Twilight books, is that so bad?
August 19th, 2010, 12:56 PM #8
Problem is that Beatles were amazing for what their goals were. So is Harry Potter and so is Tolkien. Not so with Twilight. It is just mediocre, EVEN as a supernatural romance novel...
August 19th, 2010, 02:37 PM #9
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I don't know about everyone else, but I read fiction for entertainment. I read the first two books of the Twilight series, decided it was not for me, and moved on. It was too YA for me. As are the Harry Potter books. But I watch the movies, mainly for the special effects.
I see the popularity of Twilight as a good thing. Girls are READING, which is never a bad thing. Look around this site at all the people who are writing, again, not a bad thing. It gives hope to all wanna be authors-especially those that write fantasy- that a publisher just might actually read their manuscript.
I have never understood how someone can equate popular with bad. There are lots of popular things I don't like, but someone does, or else they would not be popular. Doesn't mean they are bad, just that I don't like them.
Someone once said variety is the spice of life. I agree.