July 13, 2010
Vampires and Werewolves…Just STOP Already!
If only I could blame something concrete for the worldwide explosion of the “Twilight” franchise…. But what I end up thinking is: What’s wrong with the world?!
Okay, I guess I could understand why young teenagers would go ga-ga over the “perfection” of Edward, and the “girl-next-door”ness of Bella… But I see middle-aged
women poring over its pages too! “Shame on you,” is all I have to say. And is it really necessary to splash Twilight all over newspapers, magazines, TV, and…every possible media device ever created?? I admit to having read the entire series, and thought the idea of chaste vampirism quite innovative for the genre…. But that’s it. I had no idea that it would be worth so much worldwide attention and obsession!
I am also blaming Twilight for the destruction of light fiction because those books are now being pushed to the back of the bookstore, and are replaced by even more trashy vampy, teen books! And I guess Meg Cabot has been feeling the pressure…hence the publishing of her recent book “Insatiable”. Guess what: It’s about a vampire prince and a girl who can see into the future. Let’s hope that book sells well so readers like me can be spared further mutilation of her creativity and more vampire-y books from authors like her.
Okay, Meg Cabot isn’t the greatest author out there, literary-wise (a bit of an understatement, I know)… But vampirism and the like have even infected one of the most classic of classic literature. Pride and Prejudice. “Pride and Prejudice” has been ‘updated’ into “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” I am speechless. Being a huge fan of Jane Austen, I could just feel her turning over in her grave. Not surprisingly, this book is a huge hit and Hollywood is planning a movie release of the book as you read this. Hm…I guess I could blame all this on Hollywood then. Ugh. Rant over until I think of something else…
Tell me what you think! Vampires, werewolves, zombies… Destruction and monopolization of all artistic expression (movies, books, etc)? Or not?