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One good turn, or something like that

Have succeeded in quest to make pink_blasphemy into an andpuff fan (she's just finished Blood Trail and is about to start into volume 2 of the omnibus edition). \o/

This means it's only fair that I give a shot to Twilight, which I've been assiduously avoiding (unless you count cleolinda's epicly hilarious summaries). I should know this universe for the vamp powers panel at Polaris anyway, right? I'm fully expecting my experience to go something like this, but am determined to find the sparkly Twinkie fun. Having come to the conclusion that I was just never That Teenage Girl (which is not to say that I was entirely mature and rational by any means; I just wasn't that particular flavor of irrational), I'm taking it as a challenge.

What the heck. I can deal with Cathy and Heathcliff (albeit while wanting to beat the pair of them, particularly the former, roundly about the head and shoulders with a rubber chicken). I can deal with this, right?

Also need to try to get Evernight read, so that I can plug claudiagray knowledgably. Probably the wisest course is to reserve it at the Library of Awesome (reason #937 to love living in Elgin). I looked for it at Target the other night and had no luck, although there were two or three other YA vampire series. For all the conventional wisdom (for the last, oh, decade or so) that editors aren't looking at new vampire novels, there are certainly enough of them being published!

There is, of course, also Much Sewing (and, er, still a rather forbidding chunk of sketching) To Do. Kate and Petruchio need costumes for promo photo shoot next Thursday, then I swing into full production to get the show ready to go by the 26th. Plus a couple things in mind for Polaris. It is a happy thing to be working in the nice cool basement...


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Jun. 12th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
This means it's only fair that I give a shot to Twilight, which I've been assiduously avoiding

Me, too, but I think I may have to read it out of self-defense. Or, at the very least, so that I can speak with some knowledge about the subject.
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Sufficient knowledge for most purposes can probably be gained from Cleo's recaps. Plus they're funny as hell. (Also spoilerrific, being pretty detailed, so don't read them if you care about that.)




pink_blasphemy is a darling lovely person stuck at Office of Doom all day with people who Do Not Care. She knows I'm highly unlikely to Care either, but oh, I have been there, so.
Jun. 14th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
These summaries are awesome. And I'm soooo not sorry I haven't read these now.
Jun. 12th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Are you sure?
I love YA books. I can thoroughly enjoy vampire books. I saw that Stephanie Meyer was popular and decided to give it a try.

I was fine with the sparkly vampires. It was the lack of plot that killed me. Or lack of characterization. Or both.

Are you sure you don't just want to watch season two of Buffy? Because vampire/human love with plot is awesome.

Let us know if you survive. ;)
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Are you sure?
I know exactly what I'm getting into, don't worry.

And it's not like season 2 Buffy is in any way exempt from rubber-chicken beatings...
Jun. 13th, 2008 09:54 am (UTC)
Re: Are you sure?
With Buffy, you want to beat the characters with rubber chickens. With Twilight, I want to beat Stephanie Meyer with a rubber chicken. Or perhaps take her to Story 101. "Today, class we're going to learn about conflict..."

Though the point about rubber chickens to Buffy characters is valid. They do indulge in the histrionics that season. (Just because you're hundreds of years old doesn't mean you're mature...) But I find I forgive Joss Whedon for a lot of bad choices because of the many good ones he has made.
Jun. 12th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
YA vampire? Considering that the adult vampire novels I've seen or heard of are mainly excuses for steamy (and usually kinky) sex, do I even want to know how the YA authors portray the vampires?
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Fluffy bunnies with fangs?
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Bunnicula! I love that book.
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
I would worry about anyone who didn't. I was reading waaaaay above the level by the time I happened on it (third grade, I think), but loved it anyway.
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
That's right, you're just a mere child. I was reading way, way beyond that level when I read the book -- I was about 30 years old! I learned about it from SF fandom's favorite curmudgeon (he wore a "Davy Crockett" cap made from skunkskin), Buck Coulson. I figured if it made Buck laugh, I had to read it.

I've given away probably a dozen copies.
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
That's right, you're just a mere child.

Ah, perspective. ;-> Three or four people in my acting class a couple weeks ago were the latest victims of assuming I'm they're contemporary and being off by 10-12 years. In the other direction from you...

It was at least pretty new when I read it, I think. :: checks Amazon :: Hmmm, they have a "25th anniversary edition" from 2004. So I guess it was new new, and I was in fifth grade.
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Pretty much the same, but all hinting and wanting rather than getting. Unless the landscape has changed drastically since L.J. Smith.

Then again, the same can be said for any YA romance.
Jun. 12th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Since you bring up vampire books, I have to the recommendation thingy.

Check this one out!

Just helping to steer the audience to good readings!
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Natch. Right now, just concentrating on the stuff I haven't been happily familiar with since its handwritten infancy... ;-D
Jun. 14th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Wuthering Heights was such a chore. I hated them both. I'm pretty sure my assessment was that both main characters were complete morons who both needed a good smacking around. I didn't like either of them, so I was never particularly invested in them finding their happily ever after, either.

So, in the movie version of Twilight, are they really going to have them shine like glazed snow in sunlight? Because, I dunno, it sounds kinda dorky.
Jun. 14th, 2008 08:25 am (UTC)
With WH, I imprinted on the Kate Bush song. Obsessed over it for however many zillion weeks it was on Top of the Pops in '77-78. (I may never have been That Teenage Girl, but the fact that I was that eight-year-old either explains a lot or demands further explanation...) So by the time I actually read the book, I was expecting creepy and dysfunctional, and plowing through impatiently waiting for ghost-Cathy. *g* And shocked to my toes that people actually consider it a great romance! But then, I think that about a lot of things.

Going by the teaser trailer (saw it when we went to the new Indy), they appear to be at least toning down the sparkling. Which is wise. To be fair, taking Anne Rice's descriptions literally would have had even more problematic results in live action.
Jun. 14th, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
I often find deople's definition of "romance" to be shockingly twisted.

That was a really weird video. And I don't think I understood half of what she said. The wide-eyed staring into the camera was a little unnerving though.

Aww, I didn't get that trailer w/ Indy. What of Anne Rice's descriptions wouldn't have worked? (For whatever reason, I've never actually read her books.)
Jun. 14th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
That was a really weird video.

Kate's a really weird performer, especially her early stuff. But it's my flavor of weird. ;->

What of Anne Rice's descriptions wouldn't have worked?

Skin like marble, fingernails like glass... Lots of very poetic stuff that if you take it too literally makes for a seriously weird picture that would make it completely impossible to pass for human in any context. I get the sense that you're meant to take it literally to some extent, but that can work in your head in a way it just couldn't on film.
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