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FMCG: Chapter 11

I don’t know how much of Chapter 11: Complications I’m going to be able to talk about.  Things are still frustrating and unexplained in Benjamin Wheeler’s Twi-verse. For lack of a more tactful way of saying this, it seems to me that he’s miserable reading this book, but somehow can’t put it down. He seems hell bent on his analysis, and is beating his head against the “this isn’t love” wall. I don’t understand the love of every couple I meet. It’s different for everyone. I think this might be one of those moments for Benjamin that he might benefit from saying, “I’m happy if you’re happy,” to his new friends Bella and Edward, so he can move on to happier parts of the book and stop with the nit-picking. I’m just sayin’.

Now go see what he’s talking about, or you won’t know what I’m talking about.

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May 16, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Twilight, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Feminist Male College Graduate: Chapter 9

Benjamin Wheeler has now blogged about Chapter 9: Theory. I’ve given up hope of seeing a Unicorn in the making. I don’t think it’s going well. Go check it out and then come back for the discussion.

So, my spider-senses tell me that this is the chapter in which I’m supposed to feel the warm-fuzzies and excitement over the fact that Bella and Edward have finally shut up and have actually announced, more or less, that they want each other.

Yes, warm-fuzzies and excitement would pretty much cover it. If you’re not feeling it, I question why you are continuing to read. I get that you’re probably curious about why everyone has jumped on the Twilight bandwagon. I see from the tweets on your blog that you view it as a bandwagon. I look at it as more of word of mouth. Let me explain how I found Twilight. I was on a business trip last summer and one of the guys from my office, I noticed, was pulling out a book every chance he got. At the airport, on the shuttle busses, during our downtime, everywhere possible. I finally had to break my rule about interrupting other people’s public reading to ask him what was so good in there that he couldn’t join us out here. He told me it was a story about young love and vampires. It was a four day business trip that was packed with activities. He brought both Twilight and New Moon, and finished them both. Immediately following that trip I travelled to my family reunion. My cousin, knowing my tastes tend toward the geeky, said, “You’ve read Twilight, right?” Her tone suggested she assumed I had. She was so excited she had read it before me and that she got to be the one to introduce it to me. She told me a similar bit about young love and vampires. I asked her if New Moon was one of the books because that was the title I remembered my co-worker reading. She told me it was. I decided I would read it immediately upon my return home, which I did.

So you see, word of mouth got me to read the books. People who knew me suggested them to me as material I would enjoy. It was not in any way jumping on the bandwagon. When my co-workers started seeing me reading these books obsessively they were curious. I told them a little about it, and they decided they might like it. They picked it up. From there their friends started reading. Of all  the people I know who have read Twilight you are the only one who picked it up with any bandwagon in mind. You’re the only one I know of who is reading it because everyone else is. No judgement here. I just find that fascinating.

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May 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Twilight: Not Just For Tweens

**Moved from original blog**
Twilight: Not Just For Tweens
Merry Christmas, Twilighters! Here’s a little something for you. As you know Ms. Meyer doesn’t agree with the label Young Adult Fiction or Teen Fiction. Neither do I. I agree with her that a good story is a good story, and should be enjoyed by anyone. I’ll go a step further and explain why these specific books should not be considered Tween books. I’ll grant you that the majority of the fans seem to be screaming tweens and young teens, but have you ever talked to any of them about the books? I have.

Recently I got a 13-year-old family member to join my coven. She read Twilight obsessively, but is plodding through New Moon. She’s mad at Edward for leaving. She hates Jacob for putting the moves on Bella. She’s bored with the rebuilding of motorcycles. She carries the book around with her but is too bummed to read it. I told her that life is never going to get any better for her or Bella unless she reads through the rough times. I’ve even marked the page where Alice comes back, but she still can’t make herself move on.

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March 17, 2009 Posted by | Bella Swan, Eclipse, Edward Cullen, Essays, New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Twilight, Twilighters | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments