Ugh! More sparkly vampires...

>> Sunday, August 2, 2009

Entertainment Weekly's cover story this week is devoted to vampires. 'Cause you know we're not going to hear anything about vampires for the rest of the year. Or have another cover later this year featuring Twilight's Edward.

Speaking of sparkly, dazzling vampires, Laurell K. Hamilton, writer of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter books had this to say about Twilight:

My readership is both male and female, but Twilight is very much a girls' book. I ask people, Why has this really captured you? What I heard from all ages is that it was very romantic that he was willing to wait for her and that there was no sex. They like the idea that [Bella] was like the fairy princess and [Edward] is the handsome prince that rides in and saves her. The fact that women are so attracted to that idea—that they want to wait for Prince Charming rather than taking control of their own life—I find that frightening.
Amen sister! Stephenie Meyer's Bella is so submissive to Edward that it just screams influence from Mormonism, of which Meyer is a life-long follower.

Meyer can't even be bothered to watch R-rated movies because of Mormonhood:
She has seen bits of Interview With the Vampire and The Lost Boys on late-night TV. Her respective reviews: "Yuck!" and "Creepy!"
She just confirms my suspicions that the whole Twilight series is a bunch of marriage and baby porn skewed with the LDS-women-should-be-submissive mentality with "vampires" just thrown in to make it other worldly and special. Just like the Underworld series is just action movies with beings with superpowers, i.e. vampires and werewolves. It's not really about being a vampire in any conventional sense. Just a way for characters to be able to do ridiculous action shit.

Same goes for Twilight. Characters doing ridiculous, "romantic" shit because one's human and the other is a "vampire." There's no emotional realism in that series. Nothing much to offer. A friend of mine said that it's about a girl with low-self esteem searching for her self worth or something like that. Yeah, just like Hamilton said, they want someone else to take control and do things for them rather than themselves.

On a different note, I was glad to read Neil Gaiman diss Interview with the Vampire, the book:
Then Anne Rice wrote Interview with the Vampire, which as a teenager I thought was a rather drippy book. I have to say as a teenager who loved vampire fiction and wanted vampire fiction, I thought they all sort of sat around being miserable.
I couldn't get through the book either. It was boring. It took me a year of off-an-on reading in high school to get through it. The movie was better. Much less whining.

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