I recently joined the website Goodreads.com. Good Reads is an awesome community of book lovers, and they seem to have every single book ever written there. They also have nifty little lists people can add books to, I.E. best books of all time, worst books of all time, best fantasy, best romance, worst book of 200x, whatever. I have come to the conclusion that you have officially “made it” as a writer if the same amount of people hate your writing as those who love it.

I’ve mentioned before that I could not get enough of the Twilight Saga. I love it. I love it so much that I downloaded all the books onto my itouch so I can read them whenever the hell I feel like it.

I consider myself a well educated person. I’ve always loved to read and write and probably always will. The Twilight books are not intellectual in any way, shape, or form and that’s not the point. I had fun reading the different opinions on the books on good reads but found myself scratching my head at a lot of the criticisms. One person called the writing amateurish. I’m not really sure how I feel about that. When you’re reading a series like this, or a novel, am I the only one who doesn’t pay attention to the writing so much as the actual story being told?

One of the main reasons I love this series is because it is an amazing love story, one of the best I have ever read. Another reason I love it is because it is written the exact way I would write a love story like this. Stop reading now if you’re sensitive to spoilers.

The way Stephanie Meyer writes about how Bella feels when Edward leaves her in New Moon is the exact way I know I would feel if I were left like that. Zombie. Haunted. Screaming in the middle of the night. I had such a love/hate relationship with that part of the book that I probably cried the whole way through. It was perfect.

One of my favorite phrases comes from Twilight, “Yes. you are exactly my brand of heroin.”

Come ON. Who comes up with that? We all can think of our significant others as a sort of drug, especially those times where you can’t get enough of them 😉 But Honestly, I think that really put into words exactly how I feel in my own love life. I can safely say that besides nicotine and booze I’m a drug free kinda girl, and never went near anything like heroin, but to associate someone you love passionately to an addiction like that is truly raw emotion.

That’s just a couple examples about why I love that series. Not to mention the fact that they get to live happily ever after FOREVER. How’s that for a happy ending?

I love the story. Personally I don’t think the series deserves to be on any bad lists, and I really think the people who condemn them without reading all four are ridiculous. Twilight is the love story we all want, and if we have a love story we appreciate it, if we don’t, we want it that much more.

Stole the title from twilight. Sorry, still a little obsessed. I actually wanted to share a tiny bit of what I’ve been working on lately, my book. Or books, I haven’t decided yet if the story I’m going to tell will be long enough to require more than one book. Anyway, here’s the preface in first person point of view of the main character, Charlotte:

Somewhere in the world is someone for everyone. I have to believe that now, although I did not know that could possibly include somewhere in all the ages, or that I had to go actively looking for mine. I was content with where my black and white life was heading, I never thought there was another path for me. All that changed in an Alice in Wonderland moment, and I have a feeling I will not go back to where my path started.

It’s still rough, but I currently have two chapters done along with a lot of pieces I’ll stick in sooner or later. It’s hard to say where exactly it’s going. I’m working diligently on an outline, that’s one of my biggest writing flaws; I don’t plan where the story will go, I just assume I’ll know when I arrive there. It doesn’t always work so well.

I have a very hard time describing the story. Partially because I don’t quite know what elements I want to include or where I want the story to go. I know where I want it to end, but the journey along the way is the problem for me.

I do have very high hopes for 2009. We’re getting married in August, which is still striking me as surreal. I had all my bridesmaids over yesterday for drinks and meeting each other and whatnot. Three of the bridesmaids I have have been my friends since we were all very young. Tara, Bree, and Kendra I met before my age hit double digits, and of course Lori, my matron of honor and soon-to-be sister in law, who really was on my side and rooting for us to get together, and Brittany, my newest friend who has become close to both Justin and myself along with her fiance. Life is good, really.

Another hope I have to to get myself a book contract. I’ve done some widespread research on it, and I think I’m in for an uphill battle. This is seriously my dream though, I would love to just be a full time writer. Maybe one day!

Sorry about the lack of effort lately with keeping this up to date. I, like the rest of the free world, got sucked into the Twilight series. Ho-ly shit. I read one book a day and completely devoured them. Guh. It’s been a long, long time since I got so immersed in a book that I refused to sleep until I was finished. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep if I tried, I needed to know.

And now, for some spoilers. I’ve been waiting a long time for a story like this!

I am so glad that they get to literally live forever together! I have always had a thing for fantasy novels and vampire stories a la Buffy and Angel and True Blood’s Sookie and Bill have always had a near and dear place in my heart. But no one ever gets to stay together!. Buffy left me hanging, hardcore. True blood will probably string me along for another couple years. Twilight’s Edward and Bella…good lord the passion and chemistry is just out of this world. In any vampire/human story they never let the human become a vampire. I’m so glad someone finally did! It would have broken my heart to have Bella get old and die and Edward stay young and pretty forever. I really felt this was a no-nonsense love story and was very well written. It was a simple read, coming from someone who reads like it’s her job. I think that’s why I liked it. It was like reading one of my beloved trashy romance novels on a whole different level and with more depth. Love. I’m trying to pimp the books out to anyone who will listen. Justin says he doesn’t have time to read them, but he did take me to see the movie on Saturday, which was awesome as well. I got all the warm fuzzy feelings during it, although I did get sad at the end because I know what happens in New Moon (which I am currently re-reading because I have a hard time letting go)
Speaking of new moon, it was done perfectly. Bella has a massive breakdown when Edward leaves her (thinking he’s doing more harm than good to her) and basically goes into a walking coma for months. That would so be me. I’m glad Stephanie Meyer (author) didn’t sugar coat it. A broken heart is a broken heart and feels worse than it sounds. And then Edward feels guilty when he comes back about leaving in the first place and Bella doesn’t go all holy on him, it’s great! Emotion in its most raw form.

Basically it was written exactly how I would have written it. I just wish I could work up the nerve to start my writing. Maybe during Christmas break when I have time off from school I’ll start brain storming some more. I have so many ideas, and books like this series motivate me and inspire me. One of these days.