Thursday, 8 December 2011
Why I got bored with "Twilight"
Stuff and Nonsense by Amy Cockram is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
I am fully prepared for a backlash.
I tried to read the "Twilight" series, but I got bored in the middle of the 3rd book. I didn't write about them on my blog because I intended to review the series as a whole - but I never finished them. This isn't a "Twilight" review, but it is why "Twilight" isn't for me (although I might go back and give it another go sometime). It's a little bit vitriolic, but I came up with some great lines that I didn't want to waste.
I started off with this train of thought because I am listening again to the audiobook of Deborah Harkness' "A Discovery of Witches." This is my second time around listening to Harkness' novel, and it has a proper, sexy, intelligent vampire in Matthew Clairmont. The second in her trilogy is out in July, and I am looking forward to it. When I first listened to this, I saw Matthew Clairmont as being played by Jeremy Northam (this was when I was properly obsessed - I saw pretty much everyone as being played by Jeremy). I now see him as Paul Rhys, which is a far more comfortable fit for the part as few men can play attractive coldness with a side order of barely concealed threat like Paul Rhys.
Edward Cullen pales in comparison to Matthew Clairmont. My issue is partly with Stephenie Meyer's take on the vampire mythology, but mainly with Edward. And, and here is the crux of my argument, the glittery skin thing. What the hell is that about? A proper vampire doesn't need bling, because he has a heart as cold and as hard as a diamond. Edward Cullen has no substance and, if I'm honest, precious little style: he is a costume jewellery vampire to introduce young girls to the idea of the real thing.
However, I'm a woman and I need my vampire to be a man. Just try reading "Twilight" and then reading "Dracula," or even "The Historian" or "A Discovery of Witches" and you might see what I mean. They are proper vampire novels about all the exciting and scary things like blood, sex and death - in short, everything you need from a good story. I want an adult, scary, intelligent vampire, not a clammy teenager whose fangs have scarcely dropped.
Now that I've got that off my chest, I'm going to do the ironing - which is what I intended to do when I got home from work before getting distracted by thinking about vampires.