Love Bites: The final book in a mega-selling series sucks the romance out of teen vampires.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Hand
Sunday, August 10, 2008; Page BW07
Origin stories are as important to bestselling novelists as they are to superheroes. J.K. Rowling hunched over a table in an Edinburgh coffee shop, scrawling Harry Potter in longhand while her baby napped; Stephen King sat in the laundry room of his snowbound trailer, banging out Carrie on an old typewriter. Readers want to believe there's something heroic, even magical, about the birth of the characters and stories they become obsessed with. Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular Twilight series of young adult vampire romances, has her own creation myth: Her first book came to her in a dream about an ordinary mortal girl encountering a boy vampire of unearthly beauty. Meyer woke up and, after tending to her young children, began to write the story that became Twilight. So far it's sold 1.5 million copies. Last weekend, Breaking Dawn, the final book in the series, sold 1.3 million copies in its first 24 hours. Not bad for a night's sleep.
i know there's been far too much twilight posts on here already, but i wanted to share this one because i adored Elizabeth Hand's review and thought it might be amusing to some of you.
ps: i'm sorry, mods. i hit post too soon and forgot the source..