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You've heard of "free gifts", haven't you? It's possibly the polar opposite of that logic.I really commented so you'd notice this, because your posting speed leaves my reading speed far behind. This spring break, please read snatches from the Twilight books. And then post on it.It will be, I imagine, quite entertaining. Keep something handy to throw at a wall when you read about Edward and Bella's "love".You're missing out as an educator if you don't experience what book tops your current and future students' reading lists :-)
I'm trying to control the blogging speed but it's a losing battle. :-) I don't know why I blog so much. I'm out of control!!! :-)You are absolutely right in that I should read at least one book of the Twilight series. It belongs to the genre of female Bildungsroman which was the topic of my doctoral dissertation.
I wouldn't waste my time on the Twilight books - they'll be forgotten as soon as the next 'big thing' comes out. As they have little literary value, they will not have the staying power of other speculative fictions.
OK, now I'm confused. To figure out if I should read something from the Twilight Saga, I posted a poll on the right.Let the readers decide!Please vote.
The thing, Patrick, is this: despite being eminently forgettable for it's literary worth, the Twilight saga will remain a valuable social document. It's not often that a book with such terrible writing (at it's height, it's a low-mediocre) achieves such commercial success and social endorsement. *Especially*, and I cannot emphasise this enough, with a demography that doesn't read if it can possibly help it.One must, therefore, ask why. And the answers are disturbing. Unlike most American liberals, the issue of 'chastity' in this teen relationship doesn't bother me. I merely take it as a given in a Mormon author's creations (in fact, I'm surprised that the liberals are surprised a conservative Mormon woman champions abstinence). What throws me off is Edward's terrifying behaviour, and the glowing reception it received as the "perfect" boyfriend-behaviour. It says alarming things about the ideals of male-female relationships being pushed on the current crop of American youth, and these children's consequent emotional health.
Now I think I definitely should read it. What you describe, Rimi, sounds disturbing.
You definitely should. It's difficult to do a close reading of the Meyer's purple prose, so feel free to skip-read, but do read more than one book. The way Bella's character 'develops' has to be read to be believed. To take a completely non-sexual example (sex and the absence thereof is a big part of the Twilight and anti-Twilight PR machine), the young protoganist contemplates suicide because her boyfriend of a few months leaves her 'for her own good', and at no point of this contemplation does the consequence of her actions -- on the value of this relationship, the life she will miss if she ends it at 17, and especially on her doting, if clueless, parents -- enter into her head. Fans call her decision a sign of "true love".She's saved by a friend who is in love with her, and whom she immediately rebuffs, because apparently "true love" precludes being polite to "other men". Tempting yet? :-)
In the readers' reviews of the last book of the series that I perused at Amazon, one of the main complaints (apart from the creepy pedophilia theme) was that Bella is too sex-crazed. That takes place after she and the beau get married, though.
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Clarissa, the only possible reason to attempt to control your "blogging speed" would be if it were taking so much of your time that it interfered with your teaching or research and scholarly publication. Otherwise, relax and enjoy it!
Pagan Topologist: Really? Are you just being nice or do you really mean this?Blogging doesn't interfere at all. Just the opposite, it helps clear my mind while I grade or write articles. But people have made comments that this is too much. So now I'm trying to repress the urges. :-) Maybe somebody should observe me in the process and blog about it. :-)
You mean you want to be a webcam girl, and let people see you blogging? I always wondered what people wanted to watch the webcam models doing. Now I know! Seriously, yes! I am more interested in some of your posts than in others, but I have never thought there were too many of them.
:-) :-)Thank you, dear friend! I feel a lot less freaky now. :-)
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