Posts Tagged ‘Twilight’

First off, I want to pause and make an announcement…

My friend and fellow writer Robert Read has an exciting new blog about an educational charity he’s started.  It’s called Public Invention for All Mankind, and it’s all about people coming together and supporting, encouraging, and coaching inventors who are trying to create things that will help other people.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Go Robert!

And now for the topic at hand…

This is one of those days when my brain is foggy and my concentration sucks like a Hoover and I swear that simply stringing a few entertaining sentences together is beyond my literary capability.

Hence  I’m kinda copping out by writing about a literary-slash-movie dust-up that seems to be taking shape over the upcoming release of the Hunger Games movie (which I am SO looking forward to!).  To whit:  how does Katniss of the Hunger Games trilogy compare to Bella of the Twilight series?

Here’s a article that appeared on about this topic:

As you can guess I’m fascinated by this because I created action heroine/scholar Layla Daltry, and yes she’s a grown-up in a thriller and not a teenager in a YA, but good and bad characters come in all shapes and ages and genres, and for me Katniss was a revelation of how superb and captivating a YA protagonist can be.  I mean, even the first chapter of Hunger Games blew me away.  Within a few pages author Suzanne Collins established Katniss’ character, her family, her situation, and her dark world and had me begging for more.  As for Bella in Twilight, I must confess, as I’ve done once before in these web pages…

I never read the Twilight books.

I tried.  I really did try.  I picked up a copy in a bookstore and read the first couple pages and skimmed a few scenes about Bella in her high school classes and her problems and feelings and…

OMG I just so didn’t care.

Then when the movie popped up on TV I tried to watch it.  But all I could think was… Why is Bella always in a funk and looks so depressed and why is that guy beating her up and oh good here comes her rescuer but I think I’ll change the channel and when I flip back to the movie she still looks so unhappy, and I remember that a couple friends who read and liked the series still complained that they sometimes wanted to whack Bella up the side of her head and tell her to snap out of it.  And I also remember how a couple guys in the office saw Twilight and they couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about and Bella so didn’t do anything for them.  Then there was the funny and snarky “Why I Hate Twilight” link I came across:

Then again, millions of sold copies means there’s something in the Twilight series that clearly speaks to a lot of young girls and grown women, and more power to them.  But as for me, I’m sticking with Katniss and Hunger Games.  Then again, the covers of the original Twilight books are brilliant and real works of art, while the covers of the HG trilogy are for me just serviceable.

Bring Buffy Back

on August 15, 2011 in Misc 8 Comments »

So in my last post I talked about what it was like being a kid back in Mad Men days, when little girls like me weren’t supposed to like playing with swords – neither the fencing nor swashbuckling kind.  Then in the post before that (Toughening Up) I talked about real self-defense/martial arts/whatever ya got and how I tried to make it real while writing fight scenes in The Compass Master.  (There are only a few; I’m not that belligerent.)

Anyway, my blog pal Hart (Confessions of a Watery Tart) asked if YouTube has videos of self defense and fight scenes that could be handy for us writers. I haven’t had a chance to explore those and other sources yet, but I promise to do so within the next couple weeks.  I’ll also guide you all to anything helpful that you could use.

What did kinda stump me was when Hart asked if Buffy, as in the Vampire Slayer, had unrealistic fight scenes, but I couldn’t answer her because I’ve only seen a few Buffy episodes and that was a while ago. See, that show was kinda after my time, age wise, so I’ve mostly caught it only in reruns. Still, I was curious so I looked to see if the Denver library system had some Buffy DVD sets. Turns out a) yes, they do and lots of them for all the seasons; and b) almost all of them were checked out, which tells you how popular that series still is. I finally managed to get my grubby hands on one much used  set, in this case the complete third season. And after reviewing just one disc with four episodes I have to ask a couple questions. The first one is…


And my second question is…


Now in all fairness I haven’t read the Twilight series, only a lot of stuff about them, both pro and con, and there must be something good in them to sell a gazillion copies.  But my niece said that at her high school (she’s now in college) the kids were divided into two camps: slavering, avid Twilight fans (only females, no males) and rabid Twilight haters (both genders) who claimed that the books could be summed up in one sentence: Bella’s choice is to fuck the vampire or fuck the werewolf, and she makes the wrong choice. (Their words, not mine.)

I also know a couple people (adults!) who read and liked the Twilight books but said that Bella was so whiny and self-pitying, especially in the second book, that they wanted to slap her.

I mean, even as a non-cognoscente outsider on the issue it seems pretty obvious to me that Buffy is a far better role model for young women than Bella, has gobs more going for her, and as a fictional character can carry her own show through several seasons because she’s intriguing all on her lonesome, and not because of who she’s dating.

So am I right?  Very wrong?

After watching some more Buffy shows and other stuff I’ll get back to you on fighting techniques.  In the meantime, Buffy has gained another fan.