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24 February 2011 @ 10:34 pm
Book Review—New Moon  
New Moon (Twilight, #2)New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


So, I managed to finish this book a lot faster than the first book. It only took me 3 days, instead of 2 years. This doesn't mean that I found it go be a better book. The book was easier to read because it had some type of recognizable plot and her relationship with Jacob was more believable. However, as I was reading the book, I found myself amazed that such a stupid heroine can be so loved. I read somewhere that Stephenie Meyer considered her Twilight series a mystery. To me, the greatest mystery is that these books became such best sellers. And the movies.... this not the place to talk about the movies, but I have to. As I finished reading each book, I watched the movie. Yes, they movie is as bad as the book. That is all I'm saying about the movie.

I am not the kind of person who marks up a book. But lucky for me, I read the Kindle version, which, as luck would have it, has a highlight feature and a note-taking feature. I used them both extensively.

This part here may be construed as a spoiler. It boggles my mind that this heroine is so stupid as to pine over a love (Edward) that lasted all of 3 months. She constantly pines over this marble, hard and cold skin. I don't know about the rest of the world, but, I, personally, cannot get turned on by a statue. But Stephenie Meyer is constantly wooing her heart out and lovingly describing the Cullen family as statues. Bella is always happier when she is hugged by the cold, marble body. Give me warm-blooded humans, or, at least, make the Vampires somewhat warm. Honestly!

Another point of stupidity, I shall post here, wherein Alice, Edward's sister says to Bella:

"Listen Bella! Whether we are in time or not, we will be in the heart of the Volturi city. I will be considered an accomplice if he is successful. You will be a human who not only knows too much, but also smells too good. There's a very good chance that they will eliminate us all—though in your case it won't be punishment so much as dinnertime."

So what does the stupid girl answer?

"'This is what's keeping us here?' I asked in disbelief. 'I'll go alone is you're afraid.'"

Yes, we all clamor to be dinner. LOL. But her stupidity doesn't stop there. She allows Edward to stalk her. Nothing like having a boyfriend who stalks you. He watches her sleeping. (How romantic.) He tells her that he's a predator and she doesn't care. A real great model for teenagers.

An aside, I thought the blank chapters, that Stephenie Meyer used to illustrate Bella's state of (or lack of) mind really lame. Why is this woman making so much money off of this book?





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Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on February 25th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
I don't know if I should suggest you DON'T read the rest of them, or encourage you to because I'd like to see your reaction ;)
Spicedogs: Twilightspicedogs on February 25th, 2011 05:39 am (UTC)
I made up my mind that I am going to read the entire series. How else can I rant and hate the books intelligently? ;-)

Edited at 2011-02-25 05:40 am (UTC)
Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on February 25th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I look forward to you boggling over the last books :D
Spicedogsspicedogs on March 3rd, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
I just posted another rant. LOL
Enkida: FF8: Quistis - battle readyrosencrantz on February 25th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
I haven't got the chutzpah to read these books; I did Eragon on my sister's request and am still trying to erase the taste from my brain. I did a Raistlin DnD novel on my husband's request and it was quite possibly worse than Eragon.

I have heard stuff about Meyers, though. Something like she was raised a strict Mormon and went batpoop wild writing out her girlie-girl fantasies in those vampire novels. I have no idea if it's true or not, but if it was it would explain a lot.

I hate how she, and many other modern authors for young people today (Harry Potter novels come to mind) are trying to engrain all the wrong gender stereotypes on women in their wildly popular books. Stalking, creepy men are exciting, dark and sexy, not something to report to the police. In the case of HP, the good women are generally homely, motherly and supporters of men while the strong, independent and/or beautiful women are evil or vapid. Your review is just reinforcing my opinions about modern young adult literature that's gotten popular these days - it's all tripe.
~Lirpa~: Little Locke Wizardkatje0711 on February 25th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
What about Hermione, Prof McGonagall, Madam Hooch?
Enkida: Harry Potter: my hiprosencrantz on February 25th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
this is not scientific at all
Hermione, McGonogal (sp?), Molly Weasley, Fleur De-Something and Bellatrix (sp?) are the the main offenders here - I know enough about the books / have seen enough movies to know their roles. Let's shoot 'em down one by one!

1. Hermione - smart, strong willed, goes around punching Draco in the nose, we like her, she's cool, she's the smartest person in school, blah blah blah. Well, let's start with the fact that she had apparently otter teeth in the first book (though not in the movies). I guess this was to balance out the 'you can't be smart without a drawback' factor, like smart people always wearing the glasses in japanese anime. Oh, but wait, her teeth got fixed at some point, I gather? Well then she becomes an ideal heroine until the end of the series (I guess, I haven't read the books, only seen the movies). But what does she apparently do at the end of the whole shebang? Get married to that momma's boy and have 2.5 kids, or so I've been told. What happened to being the smartest kid in the school? Apparently she's not the career mom. To make it even worse, I hear her boyfriend became a football player to support his family, or something like that. Yay for giving up your education to marry the jock.

2. McGonogal (sp?) Maybe she had a bigger role in the books, but in the movies she is a 2-bit character who isn't even let in on the big secrets like SNAPE KILLED DUMBLEDORE DUUUH DUUH DUUUUUUNNNN! I will admit maybe she knew and I'm wrong about this, but it seems to me from what I've seen that she's left out of the Inner Workings Loop(tm), despite being smart, brassy and capable. Apart from that, of course she has to be old and wrinkly to be a female Authority Figure.

3. Molly Weasley - the biggest damn offender. I can't believe as a housewife I am shooting her down but here I am. She is as stereotype of a housewife as you get, with her 10 bazillion children and hobby of cooking for fun, and knitting horrible sweaters on the side. Oh, and her family is poor because her husband is the only breadwinner in a family that large, natch! *head against desk* I hear she killed somebody in the last movie. Great. I hear it was revenge for one of her kids getting killed - > fear the roar of the angry mother-housewife. It would have been nicer if she could have taken someone down without having one of her kids die, just to show she could do it without needing the explanation of the angry mother roar for violence.

4. Fleur De Something and that whole french school of girly girls. The characters and their school stand on their own. Pretty = Vapid. Vapid = Pretty.

5. Bellatrix - beautiful, powerful, competent, evil and mad. Hello, Eve! How about them apples?

6. Hooch. Who is hooch again? I admin canon failure here, I don't remmeber her. :P

Well I am sure there are women who aren't worth picking apart in the HP novels, but the big hitters that I noticed (Hermione, Molly, Bellatrix) are doing their damndest to fill out stereotypes, and it annoys me a lot. :-(
Spicedogsspicedogs on March 3rd, 2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Re: this is not scientific at all
1. Please don't base your opinion of Harry Potter on the movies. The movies are a far cry from the actual book. I, like you, had the same idea. Then I read the book, and I understood why people rave about it. The actual adult theme didn't surface till midpoint of book 3. After that the books were great. And, once I re-read them, I really appreciated the first two books as well.
Enkida: Star Trek: Data - bwahaharosencrantz on February 25th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Also, when I see your Professor Alpert icon, before I saw the punchline, my first thought was that it was going to be a play on Pulp Fiction's "I have your father's watch" scene. XD !!
Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on February 25th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
You need to read this: http://stoney321.livejournal.com/317176.html

HILARIOUS, even if you haven't read Twilight books.
Enkida: FF10: crackathonrosencrantz on February 25th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I love good comedy, thank you. :)
Spicedogs: MollyWeasleyspicedogs on March 3rd, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Yes, Stephenie Meyer is a Mormon, and if you know something about the Mormon culture, you get to understand some of her writing. But it's not an excuse. She is just an awful author.

Have you ever read the Harry Potter books? because I never got the gender stereotype while I reading it. I love the Harry Potter books. They were witty, well written, had a good plot, and were not boring.
Enkidarosencrantz on March 8th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
No, I have to claim ignorance here. My only exposure has been the movies, which even my parents have dragged me out to see, of which I hated just about every single damn one, and fandom. As in, when I write my own fanfiction in my own fandoms, people would come in and pull comparisons to Harry Potter characters, which also drove me nuts.

If you say they are really that good, I will tentatively give them a go. British version, at least, I think I heard they wrote different books for different audiences, and most of my annoyance from the fans comes from American fans.
Enkidarosencrantz on February 25th, 2011 11:28 am (UTC)
also written in 1st person POV? argls...
~Lirpa~: Books: Books are Magickatje0711 on February 25th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
This is exactly why I don't get it, either.

I'm half temped to read this for the same reason you did. However, I have so many other books I want to read, I don't really want to waste my time reading this.

Blank chapters?
Spicedogs: Twilightspicedogs on March 3rd, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Yes, there are blank chapters. They have a title and nothing is written in them.
~Lirpa~: WTF? Deskatje0711 on March 3rd, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
WTF? I don't get it...