Continued from Part 1
After the silly blathering of two authors- Meyer and Rice- about a seemingly frivolous matter, whose vampire genre is more crowd-pleasing, we are only convinced of one thing.
True, Ann Rice’s vampire novels are impeccably written. Otherwise, her works wouldn’t have been highly anthologized by movie producers and acclaimed by similar literary pundits. The finest example would be the filmography of Interview with the Vampire.
On the other hand, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga was a hit among teens. I recall one time when the saturation point of the Twilight Saga had reached an incredible altitude; friends went gaga over the pallid Robert Pattinson and the impassive Kristen Stewart. Okay, that’s an off-the-charts remark but that’s what probably why the Twilight Saga sticks.
We are very familiar with the weaknesses of Stephenie Meyer’s books. Needless to say, the Twilight Saga is void of significant intellectual anchor and serious literary fiber. Its readers are not susceptible to withstand the rigors of critical thinking and the experiences of deep appreciation. We may not fully comprehend the ill-taste of the plot and its themes (which presence is still subject to speculations) but in retrospect- underneath the phlegmatic sort of aura that envelops the whole text, (or it’s plainly the way Meyer consigns her ideas into paper) there is an underlying search for true depth and breadth for fiction. It’s the trampled seed that may be easily mistaken as the author’s lack of imagination; that underneath Meyer’s veneer of skewed narrative style is a kernel of undiscovered literary experience that may blossom with the best of her authorial intentions. It is the kind of deep value that overrides the simpleminded fashion of her storytelling skills.
I know it’s hard to look past the scintilla of Edward Cullen’s skin and his romantic attributes. Same with Bella Swan: Her strong-willed personality is greatly reflected in her ability to under-utilize her facial muscles despite the emotional severities of the scenes- whether it be romantic or frightening. As a matter of fact, her deadpan look has been a topic of ridicule on several meme-based sites like 9gag and Reddit.
Judging from the hilarious nature of these websites, you know that as its subject, you will never ever be taken seriously. Enough said.
The Real Score: Principles versus Paychecks
Despite the lengthy nature of this exposition, the issue only boils down to two elements- principles and paychecks.
Stephenie Meyer isn’t reserved in expressing her ire towards vampire novels that aren’t her own (Yes, folks! The manifestation of the IKEA effect is besting Meyer’s judgments.). Meanwhile, Ann Rice admits to disliking Meyer’s novel in that it was not crafted on the horizons of decent literary definitions.
Ann Rice, though a cemented icon on the monument of great literary giants, dismisses Stephenie Meyer’s achievement as one of an ‘entrepreneurial success’, and not as a praise for her creative vehicles in book-writing. This may be true, notwithstanding the grounds of enmity spurred by another’s ‘selling out.’
To be continued…