March 3, 2010

Today at the kid-lit blog: Twilight! Twilight! Freakin' Twilight!

Freaking Twilight, by Stephanie Freaking Meyer

Regular readers know that a friend of mine convinced me this year to try my hand at children's literature for the first time; but I don't actually know anything about children's literature, so have started the process simply by reading a stack of books that have been recommended to me, which I'm keeping "public notes" regarding over at a new blog ( Even though I update it every few days, I don't really mention that kid-lit blog over here much, but do find it fun to occasionally mention here a recent review that a large section of CCLaP's adult audience might find interesting as well; earlier today, for example, I finally posted my review of that book we all love to hate, that freaking Twilight by that Stephanie Freaking Meyer. And hey, here's the big surprise -- I actually didn't find it that bad! I mean, you know, as long as you're comparing it to other Young Adult novels instead of ones specifically for grown-ups, and as long as you're willing to forgive its strong anti-feminist, pro-"Bachelor" message about inept women in the need for saving, and the kinda scary fairytale princes who swoop in to rescue them. In fact, here's how I put it in the original review, when discussing just what it is about the main vampire love interest that sparks the passion of so many teenaged girls...

"...[A]fter all, Edward possesses the looks of a Roman statue and a gay man's appreciation for expensive clothes and classical music; is rich but artsy and disdainful of money; is ruled by dark emotions yet has a surprisingly easy-to-control handle over them; secretly follows her around so that he can miraculously save her from her own ineptitude at ridiculously convenient moments, yet never comes off like a stalker when doing so; never ever pressures her to have sex because his burning, overwhelming hunger for her would literally rip her apart if he ever acted on it; plus his sinewy, muscular body literally freaking sparkles when directly exposed to sunlight. So in other words, he's the exact portrait of a 14-year-old girl's idea of a perfect boyfriend, which like I said is also apparently the romantic ideal of millions of fully grown women who should know much better."

Anyway, I encourage you to check it out if you have a chance, and of course to subscribe to that blog's RSS feed if you have a lasting interest in children's literature yourself.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 3:27 PM, March 3, 2010. Filed under: Arts news | Literature | Reviews |