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18 August 2008 @ 06:10 pm
Would it make me a bad aspiring teen fiction writer/avid reader if I just plain didn't finish 'Breaking Dawn'?

Yesterday, I forced myself to sit down and get through a hundred or so pages. In that time, I witnessed the extremely violent and gory birth of *sigh* Renesmee, the imprinting of the perfectly-toothed and spectacularly lovely infant on Jacob - which, by the way, still squicks me hugely; the idea of babies and adults imprinting, that is - and Bella's transformation into the only non-violent newbie vamp evahr. I'm sort of wanting to blow past the descriptions of how awesomely perfect and breathtakingly beautiful everything/everyone is. And honestly? I'm just not invested in the story or the characters.

Let me put this out there:

Attention all Stephenie Meyer readers on my flist!

For those of you who enjoyed the book, feel free to convince me the remainder of the story is well told and engaging and I'll be missing out in a big way if I don't read to the last bloody (heh!) page.

For those of you who did not enjoy the book or might have been frustrated in its execution, put forth your argument for my setting the book aside and moving on to the considerable 'to be read' shelves that await my attention.

Let it be known that at this point, I'm not all that concerned about spoilers. I just don't have the energy.
I feel: cynicalcynical
(no subject) - awomanthatsblue on August 19th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
Dark Angel: RoseGoddesseuph0ra on August 19th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I LOVED Twilight, Eclipse, And New Moon.

I was dissapointed in Breaking Dawn. I, too, am squicked by the babies/adults thing. The whole Renesmee thing just bothers me really. It really lost it's charm for me. Although this book is the last in the series I believe. She made a point to write "The End" on the very last page and made reference to how final reading "The End." on the last page of a book is in the story.

It's really up to you. I gobbled the first three books up in a handful of days. It took me nearly two weeks to finish Breaking Dawn.
RiceVermicelliricevermicelli on August 19th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Our housemate brought an ARC of Twilight home from a book fair a few years ago, and while I did finish it, I have endured relentless mocking ever since. Also, I want that six hours of my life back.

The *sparkwee!* non-violent vamps are just too twee. It is like Tuck Everlasting, rewritten by an emo-goth drama club. I haven't touched Breaking Dawn, but I suspect that the To-Be Read Shelves are more exciting use of your time.
tari3: [DLM] George_Glasses & Post-Itstari3 on August 19th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
I kinda didn't want to finish either. I forced myself to finish that first weekend because if I didn't I'd probably still be hacking away at it, and I didn't want to prolong the torture.

There is one character I... enjoyed isn't quite the right word, but it's the closest I can get to... enjoyed who's introduced in the last book of Breaking Dawn. Complete background character. If you're not concerned about spoilers: Garrett shows up and he and Kate from the Denali clan end up romantically linked. They're cool together.

I think that was the only thing I liked about the third book. And the amount of "screen-time" that takes up would equal maybe five pages.

So, that's pretty much how I feel about that third part.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on August 19th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
I can't persuade or dissuade. I found a lot of fault in the first three books, but I read them one after the other, just recently. Just wanted to know what all the fuss was about. I thought there were a lot of things just technically wrong with the book, bad editing among the highest on my list. I also hate that publishers require a certain length and authors resort to repetition to fill out the book. I do like her characters (for the most part) and love the pacing of the action scenes. I'll probably read the 4th book for closure, but am in no hurry.

I do find it amusing that everyone (not just here) has an issue with the child/adult imprinting issue - but they don't have an issue with body-rending werewolves and blood-sucking vampires. Perhaps we just need a little perspective here..? heh!
Kat: twilight edward chuckleevegryffindor on August 19th, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
::shrug:: I feel like one of the only people on the planet who didn't hate it. I didn't adore it, either, but I think unless you just despise it, you should finish it. I felt a lot less cynical towards it after watching an interview with her about it... If you're interested, it's here: http://www.ew.com/ew/video/exclusives?lineupId=1155151521&videoId=1717903074 There are ten videos about 3 mins each...

If you read and enjoyed the first three, I'd vote that you finish BD. My friend Amanda said it best, I think; after 1000-odd pages of Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse, you should be pretty prepared to just sort of roll with it. ;)
Kerry: Mad Illyriascreamingdolai on August 19th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Somewhere, Spike is laughing heartily, Angel is mooning about the thought of another "good" vampire replacing him, Buffy is roling her eyes, and Joss Whedon mutters, "Amateurs!"
jawberryjawberry on August 19th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY! I'm so glad someone said that...

i can't really comment on the twilight series since everyone and their grandmother told me to stay away from it... the complaints about it range, however, my favorite is "It's not a good idea to start reading them, but if you do and get hooked you will regret it... kind like the Anita Blake series!"
mothehappycowmothehappycow on August 20th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
Here here! Damn Hamiltion. You can so tell when she got divorced. And they were so good at first too...:(.
mothehappycowmothehappycow on August 19th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, another writer myself. I actually read all these books and I liked them all, but I think Breaking Dawn was the least favorite. I agree with the creepiness factor of adults and babies, but the thing that really got me about that whole thing was that it was so...wrong for Jacob to just be done with Bella like that. I mean...that was part of the interest in the story for me. Bella's turmoil with being in love with two people at once, and then Edward's and Jacobs obvious issues with it. Breaking Dawn broke character rules for me. Now, you will like the happenings with Alice later, but that's probably the best highlight in the book. If you didn't finish it, it probably wouldn't be a crime, no matter how much I like the series.

Don't give up on Stephanie Meyer completely, though. I really recommend 'The Host.' Adult, yes, but OH SO GOOD.

If you want any other suggestions of fun YA fantasy I can give you a bunch!