|Women in novels:|
How I see them.
However, these are some books that hit it really fricking big in the last few years, and that still confound friends of mine with their popularity, and even with their very existence. This might count as a rant, but, damn it, some of these things are stupid. And wrong.
Now, keep in mind, I haven't read any of these books, but I've been told about them, researched them a little, and every stupid little thing I've seen has amounted to one great big question: Who the Hell is reading these books and why?
If you remember the "Strong Female Character" blog, you can see this as a bit of a sequel. We've gone from fully fleshed out, well-developed, kick-ass women .... to this. Books that treat women like crap, and they're made into bestsellers.... by women!
Twilight .... Where do you start with Twilight? Maybe over at RM Hendershot's blog, where she discusses how the main characters have little to no personality, and there's almost no plot at all.
Maybe with my friend Annie (wife of my co-author from Codename: Winterborn) noting that "Vampires are going crazy over blood from a paper cut. why aren't they going insane every time the heroine has her period? Have we forgotten that teenage girls have periods?" Or, another of her sayings, "Vampires don't sparkle! They immolate!"
Another quarter is an online fellow named "The Nostalgia Critic" on YouTube, who sums up Bella Swan like this .... (WARNING: R-rated language ahead.)
I think Twilight was summed up for me in a matter of minutes when I tripped over the movie played on cable. Two characters were in a diner, and the vampire explained to our hapless nimrod (named "Bella") that he could read the mind of every person in the diner except for her.
Bella: "What's wrong with me?"That's it. Twilight, summed up by its own content.
Vampire: "I tell you I can read minds, and you ask what's wrong with you."