Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Why I'm Glad I'm Not Stephenie Meyer

I came in late to the whole Twilight phenomenon. I put it off because I wasn't a huge fan of vampires (unless Anne Rice wrote them). I thought for sure I would hate it. I hadn't even seen the movie. I hemmed and hawed long enough. And then I saw the first book on sale at Wal-Mart for like $4 or something. I could spend that on a book and not feel too bad if I hated it, so I bought it.

The first book was good. It kept me wanting to read more. It was one of the first ebooks I ever downloaded so I could read it whenever I had a spare moment. There was action and suspense and romance. At that point, you had to love Edward because Jacob was such a minor character.

It took me nearly forever to finish the other three books. After I read Eclipse, I couldn't even remember what happened in New Moon. To me, it was a lot of build up to...NOTHING! Breaking Dawn was a little better, but it took me FOREVER to finish.

This isn't a book review, however. This is a commentary on Stephenie Meyer. Am I the only one who thinks she will milk this Twilight thing until its death? I mean, there are graphic novels and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Twilight and whatever else has been released in addition to the books. Am I the only one who is tired of it already?

The thing is, though, she can do that if she wants to. She doesn't have to write any more books. But don't you think she would want to? I'm not even published and I can't NOT be writing something at all times. But if I were her, I'd be sitting in front of my computer, TERRIFIED. Think of all the pressure she's under to write another book. What if it sucks? (sidenote: the books weren't that great. I came away from them thinking I could write something just as good and it's part of the reason I started to persue the idea of getting it's that easy!) What if no one wants to read it? Or worse, what if it only gets compared to Twilight? So why write anything else?

So while it would be nice to have the readers and the fame and the money and all that, I don't think I could take the pressure. It's hard enough to write for myself, when I know no one else is reading. Imagine if there were millions of people waiting to hear what I had to say next. Scary...


  1. I totally know what you mean with this! I actually read Twilight early on, before the whole film extraveganza, and I actually eally liked it. Though I was not sure on the liberties she took with Vampire myth. I then really liked New Moon and Eclipse, though not quite as much. And well I thought Breaking Dawn was awful. But anyway...I digress.

    I think the worse thing would be to milk something so much, because the more and more Twilight stuff is released, the more people are going to cling to it. Or eventually get fed up. Then, as you say, I would be terrified to try and write anything else. It is always going to be compared to Twilight, and the characters always compared to Bella and Edward.

    Another thing I have found, since Twilight became so famous, is that any paranormal YA romance that comes out is always compared to Twilight! For example, The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, is always compared to Twilight, and I just think, it is nothing like Twilight! It is so much more than Twilight. When will people stop comparing all YA/PR to Twilight? Because, news flash, not all books are exactly the same!

    Anyway, thats my rant over. Wow it's almost as big as your original post :S

  2. I don't think the comparisons will ever stop. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that Twilight was responsible for bringing YA to the forefront and making it what it is today.

  3. I was tardy to the Twilight party due to it originally being promoted as the "next Harry Potter" and as a fan of HP, I resisted on principle. Now I've read all the books, bought the movies and joined Team Jacob. And it's nothing like Harry Potter at all.

    Have you read her non-vampire book "The Host"? It's sci-fi, but pretty good.