Sunday, January 31, 2010

Twilight -- Stephenie Meyer.

Okay, putting myself in danger here of undermining my tough guy SFnal street cred, I have to say I really enjoyed this book. I polished it off in one day (having completed American Gods that morning) and it wasn’t boring, my attention didn’t wander, I didn’t skip anything and I became thoroughly absorbed, so much so it felt like I was watching the film again. This is because Meyer’s writing is transparent and allowed the characters and story to shine through – what you’ll find in many popular best selling books (ones that very often get sneered at by the literarti). No writerly ego here trying to display ‘literary brilliance’ and jostle the story into second place  Another thing to note is how true to the book was the film. Everything in the book seemed to be up there on the screen. That transparency again – I’m guessing that writing the film script was just an exercise in precis. Thoroughly recommended.  


Unknown said...

hmm, I never would have guessed that you would like Twilight. Although I havent read the books, just watched the first movie, I dont like the concept. Sparkling vampires and a girl that cant survive unless she has her little vamp-boy. Not my thing. Vampires that suck the life out of you and maybe even take a bite out of you, now thats my kind of vampires =)

Neal Asher said...

I told you: there goes my street cred!

Sparks said...

No! Say it ain't so!

There's only one edward!

GraemeGRFinch said...


(Spelt it wrong first time).

PS: I watched the film, it was good :-p

Jebel Krong said...

oh god, neal nooooooooooooooooooooo!

Anonymous said...

interesting... I JUST told someone that I am the only person left On The Planet that has not read this.

Hmm. I have 5 (FIVE! YAY!) books waiting to be read, but perhaps this should get in that line?

Hmm. I am *RAELLY* in a pickle !

thanks for the review!