I’m sure I’ve probably blogged about Twilight before. I read the first two books, got halfway through the third one, then flipped through the pages of the fourth one. I wasn’t interested in actually finishing the series because spoilers around the Internet told me far more than I needed to know about how it ended.
“Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.”
― Stephen King
Authors like Stephen King think Stephenie Meyer is not a good writer. (I’m sure Harold Bloom would have a lot to say on the subject, but then again, he thinks King and J.K. Rowling are horrible.) There are tons of websites on the Internet that go into detail about why Twilight is no good. Here are 100 Reasons Why Twilight Sucks and Reasoning with Vampires, which takes quotes from Twilight and analyzes how nonsensical they are.
The reason Twilight exists is not to be good literature. It exists as entertainment, pure and simple. It’s not meant to be taken seriously, and anyone who’s smart won’t take it seriously. There’s no deep message. The author isn’t telling young girls to go out and date a guy who’s controlling and overprotective. The books allow teen girls to vicariously place themselves at the heart of a romance and temporarily lose themselves in the fantasy world Meyer has created. The book’s audience realizes that it’s a fantasy and they won’t try to emulate anything the characters do in real life. They’re in love with the book’s romantic premise.
It’s a YA series – and even though I love reading YA, the majority of it tends to be very shallow in terms of character development. You can’t expect it to be brilliant literature. Take it for what it is. It’s meant to be an escape for teen girls – to allow them to envision an alternate world and take them away from the stress of being a teenager. Twilight is important and popular for the same reasons shows like Jersey Shore are popular: a mixture of romance, drama, and unrealistic elements. Read Twilight to be entertained, not to find enlightenment. If you want to be enlightened and have your mind opened, read Dickens or Faulkner or Proust.