I must be the only female in Australia who wasn’t that fussed on the Twilight series of books* (warning – generalised spoilers follow).
A short version of the series for those who haven’t read the books:
Twilight (book one): Edward Cullen is a vampire and he is hot. Very hot. Bella Swan is a human and she is plain. And clumsy. Initially, Edward wants to eat Bella but decides not to (for he is vegetarian) and they fall in lust.
New Moon: Edwards goes away. Bella has no internal fortitude and mopes while he’s gone. She uses another boy (Jacob Black, very tall, very hot local werewolf) to help her feel better. He falls in love with her but she’s still pining for ol’ fang. Bitch. Edward is also pining and tries to kill himself but Bella arrives at the last minute. They still end up pissing off the vampire royalty who insist that Bella be turned into a vampire or she must die. Edward is horrified but Bella wants to turn into a vampire.
Eclipse: Edward is back for good. Bella wants to get hot and heavy with him but his self-control is remarkable and …let’s face it … too unrealistic to be remotely believable. Later in the book, some vampires and werewolves kill other vampires. Bella wants to bonk Edward. Part of her would also like to bonk Jacob. Nobody bonks anybody.
Breaking Dawn: Edward and Bella marry and finally bonk. Not that the reader would necessarily know. Bella ends up pregnant so we are lead to believe that some bonking took place. The demon-pregnancy nearly kills her so Edward turns her into a vampire. Meanwhile Werewolf Jacob falls in love with the baby. Apparently not in a paedophilic way. Thankgoodness there is no bonking there.
Well OK I know they were written for teenagers but ….
so far we’ve given those teenagers a “role model” whose self esteem is entirely dependant on one bloke or another and who is so self-absorbed she needs a dose of Get Over Yourself.
There’s violence aplenty and yet Meyer seems too coy to write a decent sex scene … she just entirely skips anything remotely juicy.
Now I’m not exactly a Nora Roberts fan (I hate her with a passion) but her one redeeming feature is that she can write a decent sex scene and Ms Meyer could learn a thing or two from good ol’ Nora. …and again, I get that she’s writing for a teenage market BUT she doesn’t shy away from vampires ripping each other to shreds then firebombing the bodies so why does she get all coy when her readers finally think they are gonna get something productive from all those pent-up teenage hormones?
Buffy would sooooo stake Edward.