- How Twilight Ruined Fiction
- February 11th, 2010
So, yesterday I walk into Barnes and Nobel because I've really been wanting to read the book Fight Club. So I do. While there I stop in the teen literature section because I am, in fact, a teenager. While there I see an entire table devoted entirely to Twilight franchise items (such as books, lunchboxes, blankets, journals, etc.). Though I used to be a fan of the series, I never obsessed over it like the 'Twi-hards' do nowadays. And though I enjoyed the books, I don't see any need to make such a gigantic fuss over them. But despite my negative feelings for this book, I trudged through, looking to see if there's anything that I would enjoy.
Now, I read a variety of different books. I like everything from David Sedaris to Eva Ibbotson to Scott Westerfield to John Green to George Orwell to Neil Gaiman and everything in between. I read. A lot. But lately I've been going for more fantasty or sci-fi like things just because I'm writing a fantasy novel and I like to explore the choices that other (and better) authors have made before me.
But here was my problem: EVERYTHING WAS A FREAKING VAMPIRE NOVEL. Four years ago, I would go to Barnes and Nobel and have a wide variety of things to chose from. Sure, there were a lot of Gossip Girl-esque novels at that time, but I didn't really mind. What I do mind, however, are vampire novels. For the most part, they irritate me. I hate to generalize, but they usually consist of little to no plot with a big heap of flaming hormone-infused romance. They're not exactly the sort of thing that I like to read. But since the whole Twilight phenomenon started, all I've seen is vampire novel after vampire novel after vampire novel. And I'm sick of it.
What happened to werewolves? How about fairies? Anyone heard of wizards? Or a good old fashioned exorcist? These are what I want to read about, not a bunch of sex-obsessed blood suckers who want nothing more than to make teenage girls go 'SQUEE' (and some lonely adults as well). So please, authors of the world, stop writing bad vampire romance novels. It doesn't take sparkily skin and a fettish for blood to make a romance, it just takes chemistry and likable characters. And there is more to fantasty than vampires, try to branch out from Stephanie Meyer's world just a little. I promise that you'll at least sell more books to me that way.