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So on the way home I was ruminating more about the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.  I thought to myself "Self, doesn't this remind you of that one situation in 'Roswell' the T.V. series about the alien who threatens his family and their way of life with exposure when he saves the life of the girl he loves?"
The more I thought about it, the more the coincidences were too great to ignore.
I'm pretty sure Stephenie Meyer watched the show when she was in college, and the story line embedded itself on her subconscious.  There are way to many similarities. 
Nothing new under the sun I guess. 
It's not like I've ever written a novel, so I can only criticize.  It's just freakishly similar.
Ok, no more blogging about these books til I've finished the next one.

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I just got done reading New Moon, the second in the Twilight Series, by Stephenie Meyer.  I enjoyed it (with the

exceptions that I listed  here.   This book is darker than the first one.  You do have the same, accident prone,  mortal Bella Swan. She's still in love with her vampire, but all goes awry when she accidentally cuts herself in front of his  human blood abstaining family.  It was rough.  They all leave.   Yup, her beloved Edward as well, they all leave her alone, with the devastation of being  the cause of the ruin of a family way of life.  So while Edward is gone, and after Bella gets to the place that she can cope without becoming catatonic, she  deepens her friendship with Jacob Black, her childhood friend from the  La Push Indian reservation.  Jake cares for her deeply, and promises to never hurt her the way that Edward did, and Bella gets to the place where she can't  live without Jake.  This 'classic' love triangle has a  twist (as it always does). It turns out that Jacob's legends about the beginning of the tribe is not so mythological after all.  He and 4 other teens on the reservation have phased, and become werewolves.  This is definitely not too much for Bella to absorb, after all, her heart was broken by a vampire.  What is the problem is that the werewolves are the mortal enemies of the 'blood suckers' and therefore the two closest men/boy/ancient creatures to Bella are never going to be friends, or even friendly acquaintances.  Lucky Bella.  
   The thing that really got me, as I was reading, was that Edward is an ass, and Jacob isn't.  Well Jake has his ass like moments, but mostly he is doing his best to care for Bella, while Edward just makes unilateral decisions about what he thinks is best for Bella.  And the simpering teen that she is, she still loves him unconditionally, despite all he's done to her, and put her through.  Jake she cares for deeply, a couple times wishes she could let herself fall for him, and he cares deeply for her, he works hard not to hurt her, and pulls her out of the stupor Edward's departure has put her in.
     Here is my revelation.  It is just like Sex and the City.  This is classic Aidan vs. Mr. Big.  We all know Big is the love of Carries life, but really Aidan is the better man, hands down.  It's great for the story that Big and Carrie end up together, but for crying out loud, WHY?   You and I both know that sometimes the heart makes STUPID decisions, and quite frankly,  there are times that we should let our heads put their two cents in.   Were I writing this story Bella would have a heart to heart with Edward.  "I understand that you were tortured  too, but it was your own doing.  You made the decision to go, to leave me no way of contacting you, to take away every piece of you that I had.  My parents  were considering hospitalizing me.  (to quote Aiden) YOU BROKE MY HEART.  It was thoughtless and callous and  horrid.  I may love you, but you took that love and threw it away.  Your coldheartedness is too much to bear.  It's not worth becoming immortal for.  You have got a lot to learn about love, and unless you learn quickly, eternity is going to be a long time  of contemplation and regret."
    Ok, ok I know this is a fictional story, and I am most certainly going to finish the series, but it really pisses me off.  We do this to ourselves all the time. I mean, I know I fantasize about the amazing love that sweeps me off of my feet, but I also fantasize about the Man who can bring out the best in me, whose best I can bring out as well.  I like the idea of compromise, and learning to listen, and making mistakes, and learning how to love, I don't fantasize about someone who controls me, or without who's approval I'm a wreck, or who's presence dictates whether I'm alive or not.  Sweeping generalizations, I know, but I think there is truth there.  We often want passion, and will choose it, even if it is destructive, and that makes me sad.  I guess I want a rational passion, one that engages my heart and my mind.  One that would be asking way too much of Bella Swann.

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When you hire someone to read a book on CD you should make sure they are literate.  Make sure they can pronounce words properly.

So I'm reading "New Moon", book two in Stephenie Meyer's vampire series.  It's pretty good, but it could have used a better editor.  She uses the word 'familiar' WAY TOO MUCH!  (and by way too much I mean at least 6 times on a page sometimes)  How is it that I am so aware of this?  Because the stupid moron who's reading the book cannot pronounce the word 'familiar' correctly.  So every few sentences I hear 'fermillier'.  Yes. 

BAD ENGLISH! BAD BAD!

Fahmilliar…not fermillier.

Its not that hard.

(every time she says it, and it is a lot due to Ms. Meyer's negligent editor, I just want to bang my head against the steering wheel)

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Twilight…number 30

I finished this book on the way back from Indy this weekend.  I enjoyed it

It was, however, one of those books that could have benefited from a better editor.  I mean, I get it.  Edward Cullen is Breathtakingly Beautiful, but you don't have to describe his perfection every other sentence.  You also don't have to tell me every time I turn around how Icy Cold his touch is, or how sweet his breath is.  The characterization is fairly shallow.
This being said.  I enjoyed it, and am a little hooked.  I've ordered the rest from my library.  We'll see what happens when Stephenie Meyer is a more mature author.
I also listened to Pride and Prejudice again.  Good Lord, I'm a Glutton for Punishment!
I've read this book a number of times now, what I find interesting is what I caught anew having it read out loud that I hadn't remembered from reading it. Good times. 
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen kicks ass.

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