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Mar. 14th, 2009

DEATH

idrach

Oh, Lord

"The company updated their sales figures for Stephenie Meyer's astounding year, indicating that she sold 29.7 million copies in the US in 2008 (and another 2.3 million copies since then.) Hachette UK sold another 3.7 million throughout their division, and Hachette in France sold 830,000 copies of her work in 2008. The US breakouts are 10.07 million copies for Twilight; 6.95 million copies for New Moon; 5.03 million copies for Eclipse; 1.46 million copies for The Host; and 6.23 million copies of Breaking Dawn.

Just to revise our recent rough guess, total Stephenie Meyer sales for the year look like they were approximately $260 million, or about 9 percent of the company's annual revenues based on end-of-year exchange rates. Hachette "declines to break out individual authors' contribution to sales as a matter of policy," but "has indicated it disagrees with" our estimate."

-Publisher's Lunch, reporting on Lagardere's numbers.



Well... on the bright side... at least it's helping publishing during this crappy economy, thereby allowing companies to purchase books from authors, instead of shutting down?


x-posted to twilight_sucks

Feb. 18th, 2009

DEATH

idrach

Forbidden love? And a quote

One term I've seen again and again to describe Twilight is "forbidden love". The idea is that Bella/Edward is like Romeo and Juliet- no one wants them to be together, but they love each other so much that they'll risk ostracism and injury to be together.

But how on earth does that describe Twilight?

At what point do any of the characters try to prevent Bella and Edward from being together? The Cullens, with the exception of Rosalie, are completely supportive of the relationship from when they first realize Edward loves her. Bella's parents also similarly are supportive; Charlie does not like it, but neither does he forbid Bella from dating Edward. The kids at school don't think it's weird at all. Jacob is the only one who truly fights against the B/E relationship, and his motivating factor is jealousy. Not only that, but he never truly tries to harm either of them because of the relationship. So then how is it forbidden? It's dangerous, and it's unusual, but no one says that if Edward continues to see Bella then something bad will happen to one of them as a punishment. No one is truly opposed to the idea of Edward dating Bella.


And here's a nice quote from Philip Pullman's website:

"Your work has been performed on radio, television and the stage and the film rights to His Dark Materials have been sold. Is it difficult to give up your work to someone else's interpretation?

No. The democracy of reading (see above) means that as soon as a book is published you lose control of how it's interpreted anyhow, and so you should. To tell someone else how to read your book is to fall into the temptation of fundamentalism. When it comes to performance and film and so on, what you should do, it seems to me, is make sure the people you sell it to know what they're doing, and then leave them alone. You are better employed writing new books than arguing with people about how to interpret your existing ones."

x-posted to twilight_sucks

Feb. 7th, 2009

fuma

sakuya_baby

30 Second Bunnies do Twilight

http://www.starz.com/promotions/bunnies/Pages/Bunnies.aspx

I fucking love them.

Feb. 4th, 2009

wicked girls river

silvertwi

Stephen King comments on Meyer

Well, folks. It's been a while since anyone has posted, but I wanted to share this, for anyone who hasn't had someone send them a link: http://blogs.usaweekend.com/whos_news/2009/02/exclusive-steph.html

Stephen King dissed Meyer's writing ability. I for one am cheering him on, even if he now has every Twi-hard hating him. Especially now he does.

Jan. 13th, 2009

M/C2 ♥

fadedelegance

This.Is.PRICELESS.


So I was writing on my guy friend's wall on Facebook, and I saw that one of our mutual friends had posted a link to some anti-Twilight stuff. Of course, being the anti-Twilighter I am, checked it out, and it is AMAZING! You guys will get a kick out of it. Be sure to click on the link to "Twilight Sucks--and Not in a Good Way" by Kellen Rice. That woman is my new hero. I've bookmarked a lot of her stuff because she speaks my mind precisely.

ENJOY, GUYS! :-D

<3 Abby

io9.com/5096763/twilight-makes-for-the-best-fanwank-ever

Jan. 7th, 2009

the girl (Gin) and her cat

ginnekomiko

When your intro to fiction class rips this book, you know it needs work.

Hello! I am a new member.

Here's a short bio about my relationship with this franchise:

The Book: Haven't read it.  Why I  want to is so I can have a reason for ripping it apart on a daily basis.

The Movie: Saw it. The only reason I did was because my best friend's brother was an extra. We decided to play "Where's Waldo?" with him. That was fun. The rest of the movie was not.  I remember screaming "what the hell?" loudly and a lot. Thankfully, most people in there that night were there for the lols or to make out with their girlfriends.

The fan base: I wouldn''t have a problem with the fan base if it wasn't so huge and stupidly rabid. Seriously, if you dare bash this book for say, it's creepy male lead, or flat first person perspective, you are a baby killer, or something. I can understand guilty pleasures an all, but most of those are not in the public eye as much as this.  Part of the reason I can't let go of it is I fail to understand why it is popular. It reminds me of a badfic. Badifc usually isn't escalated to "best thing ever."
 

Dec. 17th, 2008

dommeh glasses

nobodyxxhome

Twilight Hate Ahoy


Hey there :)
This is my first post to this community, so be gentle with me ;)

I can't decide whether I'm an avid hater or a for teh lulz fan. As awful as Twilight is, I'm glad that it was written because I'm having so much fun hating it. I'm going to rant now, if you don't mind :)

Well, aside from the obvious reason to hate Twilight (Bella's Mary Sue-edness, and that fact that she IS pretty much Stephenie Meyer, as she'd like to be), there's a few other reasons I dislike these books so intensely.
First of all, the writing style. The thesaurus abuse really gets on my nerves, as well as the constant descriptions of Edward's beauty.
Second, the fact that Bella just can't live without Edward. It's anti-feminist, unrealistic, and, after all, Edward is her FIRST boyfriend.
Thirdly, SMeyer, being a Mormon, had to put her veiws into the book, even though they're incredibly unrealistic. Bella has to get MARRIED to Edward before they can has secksytime, and then when they do, Bella gets pregnant with a hellchild. Even though, if you think about it, it's impossible for a vampire to get someone pregnant. His fish would have stopped swimming long ago, and I think SMeyer said vampires don't have blood, so how did he even get it up?

AND, the other day, my friend (who's also reading it again) rang me to tell me that - wait for it - EDWARD DOESN'T BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION!!!1
I'd quote it, but I don't have the book on me right now. But I do know that it's on page 269 (lol ironic).

I'm reading Twilight again, purely for the lulz (and believe me there's a lot of them). But as I go I'm writing a parody of it.
I'd... put it up... somehow, but I'm a complete lj noob, so if you want to read it you'll have to look at my journal. :)

*happy sigh* Rant over. I'm happy now :D

Cheersbai












Dec. 4th, 2008


cheshire_wolf13

YouTube and Some More Kvetching


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVhWUCY9v3w&feature=related

I like this guy for more than just pointing out the idiocy of Twilight and ugly whore that is commercialism: he explains why Let the Right One In is better in the context of artistic value rather than values that are particular to one's taste. My biggest criticism of us as anti-fans is that we tend to contrast Twilight to media that may not be all that much better artistically. I like Buffy, Anne Rice, and Amelia Atwater-Rhodes in their unique ways too, but they're in the same realm of inept pop culture as Twilight and hardly make for the ideal concept of what writing and filmography as art should be--in other words, they're still potato chips for the brain. If we're to truly criticize the series in any honest way, we must aim higher than pop culture. Vampires have been around longer than Buffy, longer than Bram Stoker even, and certainly there are much better writers than Rice and Atwater-Rhodes who've dealt with supernatural subject matter. The article fadedelegance posted made me laugh and we all agreed with it, but in truth it does little to take a look at why Twilight fails as a whole, instead focusing on what the author found disturbing on a social level and why other pop media are (in a social and relatively unexplored way) better. We often only explain PART of why the books are bad and the rest are assumptions made by taste. Not all of our arguments are that way: the Gaia who wrote about Edward's psychological issues kept to the objective material in order to make a valid point, even if she never explored the artistic aspect (that wasn't the gist of her post anyway). What I'm suggesting is that maybe if we put certain things aside to make a well-rounded and cogent argument, people from other communities would listen to us more. 

Oh, and please go see Let the Right One In if you get the chance. It really is that wonderful.

Nov. 26th, 2008

M/C2 ♥

fadedelegance

I thought you guys may appreciate this

Here is linkage to an article about the Twilight series that I think makes SUCH good points! It touches on the number one reason I can't stand the Twilight series--it's anti-female! Read and enjoy, guys! :-)

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_11045700?source=rss 

<3 Abby

Nov. 25th, 2008

orthent

Oh, the irony

From the "I didn't like it" movie forum thread at TwilightMoms:

If I hadn't read the books, I would have thought Bella was a petulant child with a death wish.

More comedy gold is quoted at Journalfen's Fandom Lounge

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