Here’s the thing. I don’t think Stephenie Meyer is a very good writer.
I know I’m not her target audience but, in my own defense, I am a voracious reader as happy with a fun, well-written young adult book as I am with an engrossing Russian novel; as happy with JRR Tolkien as I am with Lorrie Moore. I love reading.
So, when Twilight first came out and shot up the best seller lists, I was curious. And I really wasn’t all that impressed. But, I figured maybe it was just me, maybe it was my mood at the time. And as the subsequent books came out, I gave them a chance.
And each time, I found them — eh.
Now she’s out with a new novella in the same series, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and I also found it, eh.
And I’m not the only one. The Guardian said the book is “woefully, leaden-footedly pedestrian throughout.”
Indications are that even Meyer may be close to having had her fill of vampires.
It’s really all besides the point, though.
As The Washington Post pointed out: “The satisfaction of “Twilight” novels cannot be measured by such terms as “good” and “bad.” This goes double for “Bree,” which was not originally intended as a stand-alone novel and which all fans will read and all haters will skip regardless of the reviews.”
And the numbers back that up.
“Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga, has yet another smash hit on her hands,” the Associated Press wrote earlier this week, reporting that Bree Tanner had sold more than one million copies since being published June 5.
And really, that’s the important thing. Meyer has written a series of books bought by millions, which means that millions have been reading. And I think that’s great. Maybe she’s not the world best writer. Big deal. She’s got people reading and, as far I’m concerned, for that she deserves a medal.
Because maybe those people reading her books will then move on to other (and hopefully better) stuff.
After all, it’s the reading that’s fundamental.
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