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Posting schedule, Twilight observations, Mary Sues
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A few days ago, I was thinking I might write some sort of essay on the topic of Mary Sues, since I'm reading not one but two vampire series in which the main character appears to be an idealized version of the author. Then I thought that maybe I was getting it wrong and perhaps I ought to go and do a little research on exactly what constitutes a Mary Sue. That's when I discovered that everything I might have conceivably wanted to say about Mary Sues has already been said many times over by people whose powers of self expression are better than mine.

 I still think it's a charge that is too lightly tossed at writers, however. It sometimes seems as though when a person is experiencing disgust or dislike for a book for whatever reason, whether on grounds of technicality or because of matters of personal taste, it's all too easy to add "AND... it's such a Mary Sue!" But are all books with a strong and/or powerful and/or lucky, good looking, popular, etc. character Mary Sues? I don't think so, but it seems like anyone can say so, and then other people who also hate the book can just agree with that statement. If it's that easy, then just about every book I've ever enjoyed has been a Mary Sue! My feeling is that if a book is well written and engaging, then I don't care if the author is writing about a much enhanced version of him or herself.  

Now on to Twilight, and my impressions, for those who are interested. I've just finished the second book of the series, which I know makes me sound like a really slow reader, but the fact is, I practically never read just one book at a time. I'm usually reading anywhere from two to nine at the same time. And I get a lot of interruptions! *Wail* (Okay, maybe I'm a little slow...) But back to the vampires!

I'm enjoying the books. They're not that badly written. I was expecting something really terrible after all the negatives I've heard about Twilight, but I've read far worse writing from other 'best-selling' authors.

I'm having a little problem relating to Edward's intense urge to kill Bella. Okay, I accept that's a major part of the premise, that Stephanie Meyer's vampires are close to the edge all the time, like junkies trying to kick heroin. But it's not working for me as something believable, since these vampires are capable of forming emotional attachments and controlling their horrible urges well enough to appear normal in public for hours at a time. After all, even Jasper spends all day in classes, where (come ON) someone must have gotten a paper cut at least once in the history of his various matriculations.
 
But, as I said, I am in fact enjoying the books. I liked New Moon more than Twilight. Jacob is really my favorite character in the series, and Carlisle is a close second. I don't have that much patience with Edward (so far he hasn't done anything to make me respect him), and sometimes not with Bella either, but I have to say that she, at least, is doing her best. Unlike him, she has only been alive for eighteen years and doesn't have a whole lot of life experience yet. I really like the setting and I like the introduction of the werewolves. It was pretty obvious where the story was going, but that never stopped me from enjoying a book or movie before. Sometimes, you know what's going to happen, but you just want to enjoy the way it plays out. Incidentally, I feel exactly the same way when I look at a hot, steaming, cheesy pizza covered in mushrooms!

Now, about my next post of Justice: I plan to put Chapter three (Lemon ahoy!) up tonight, probably around 11 pm or midnight, although it could be sooner if my husband doesn't decide that he really needs some attention from me. The chapter has been back from the betas for a few days but I haven't quite finished making changes yet.

Thanks for reading this, and feel free to either comment or ignore me.

 
 

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I agree with much of what you say here. I mean, I enjoyed reading the Twilight series enough to read three of the books and the first one again before the fourth came out at which time I read it. While there are many negative things I could point out about the series, I like it anyways because it was entertaining at the time I read it. Though, I remember reading through the first book, and I ultimately decided after reading it to pursue my own original writing more, because honestly, the book was nothing special. I felt like I could have written something of that caliber with ease. Despite all that, it doesn't change the fact that the series has been a source of entertainment and enjoyment for myself and many others. For every person that likes it, there will always be one that hates it. That is just how people are, you know? Different strokes for different folks. But yeah, I'm ranting sort of cause I'm alone. Wish I could be up when you post the chapter, but I have to go to bed now. =(

Yes, a fun read, but nothing special. There's a fourth book? I did not know this. What's it called?

And don't worry about the chapter, it will be there tomorrow! Get your sleep. Thanks for com-ranting! :D (I HOPE no one else already invented that cool new word)

Yay cool new words! And yes, the fourth book is called Breaking Dawn. If you like Jacob, you'll really like it, because a third of the book is actually in his point of view instead of Bella's. In fact, I rather hated Jacob before the fourth book, and he is now my favorite character after reading it. Haha XD. Argh I want to read the new chapter but I am feeling icky. I can barely move my hands and I have just felt crappy all day. I hope I'm not sick.

I also hope you're not sick! Are you feeling better now?

I like Jacob so much. In fact, I found I was disappointed when Edward returned, even though I knew beyond a doubt that Edward and Bella were going to get back together. On the other hand, Edward and Bella kind of belong together. I just want Jacob to have someone too. I think he's a wonderful character.

Yes, he deserves someone indeed. =) And yes, I feel a bit better. Still not great but better. I think I was just worn out. Doesn't help I was in a minor car accident the other day. We weren't going fast when we hit the car but yeah it'll take a lot out of you I guess.

A car accident? How scary! Sometimes even a small collision can have a big effect on the human body. I'm glad you weren't going fast and I hope you can get some good sleep tonight. Sleep is very healing.

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Oh, I'm so glad you didn't read chapter three at the bank! Yikes! Actually, it just recalls to me the risks I used to take at work, until I got more paranoid.

I've heard about the Laurell K. Hamilton series, and you know, as a vampire fan, I might have started reading it, except for the fact that a couple of years ago I read a public rant she had posted in which she castigated her critics in a such a whacked-out way that I was rather turned off. So now, I think I'd be unlikely to read one of her books, even though the early ones are purported to be quite good.

But to return to the subject of Twilight, I'm now going to go out and buy Breaking Dawn! Jacob is such a sweetheart, and I'm already a quarter of the way through Eclipse. I know I'm going to miss him when I've finished reading it.

I'm at the point where Charlie is trying to push Bella to be friends with Jacob again and is willing to 'un-ground' her to achieve that end. However, Edward is insisting that she stay away from all werewolves. I think she should ignore Edward and try to re-establish her friendship with Jacob. He was really there for her in her dark days, and now it's dark days for him. (Awww, poor guy!)

Thank you for giving me your opinions and your thoughts. I know it takes a certain amount of courage to come out and state for the record how you feel about something, since you never know how people are going to react.

Ummm...oops. I, like, totally deleted my first comment! Shame on me! Not on purpose, actually. *sigh* I had actually intended to reply to myself and add something else, but umm...yeah. Hit the wrong button. I'm at least glad that you got to read my comment, though, even if nobody else did.

*smile* I've never read anything like that by Laurell K. Hamilton, so I just have the books. *shrug* Like I said, they totally veered off for a while, but this last one was back on track, it seemed, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Of course, if she follows tradition, she'll do a Merry Gentry book next. Although...I don't know if she's done with that series or not. I really couldn't tell. Guess I'll go to her site and see what's going on.

Yeah, I'm glad I didn't read Chapter 3 at the bank, either. Come to think of it, I didn't comment on that one, either. *grin* Guess I ought to go do so, hm?

Later!

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