Ah, the one that started the trend of modern vampire romance novels! I LOVE the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. They were and are delicious books – SO hard to put down. And I admit, that was where I learned how to fall in love with vampires.
My favorite part (and it is hard to choose, there are so many “favorite parts” with those books) is probably the characters. I loved Edward and Bella and Alice – I could totally be friends with these people! So, naturally, I wasn’t too happy about them being stuck as vampires forever, because being immortal has never struck me as a particularly great thing. I’ve always seen it as more of a burden than a blessing. I mean, seriously. Why would you want to live forever on this earth?! It sounds so lonely and heartbreaking, especially if you have to watch everyone else around you die.
My other issue with the Twilight books is a moral objection – Edward and Bella absolutely believe that they cannot live without each other. I realize this is part of what made those books so enthralling, but I struggle with condoning a Romeo and Juliet mentality. I don’t care what Shakespeare says – teenagers committing suicide or willing to “die” for each other is not romantic. Not when you’ve actually worked as a school nurse.
However, I have to give credit where credit is due, and the Twilight series was definitely part of the inspiration for why The Heart of Everything – and future books, btw ;-) – end the way they do: with characters that shed their “monster” identities and become fully human. In some ways, this was my attempt to correct an injustice done to two very beloved characters. Perhaps I’m a little crazy for treating fictional people as if they are real. But as the author whose pen can (literally) decide life or death, I feel compelled to give my creations the best possible ending, the ending I feel they deserve or should have. After all, isn’t that kind of what God did for us, in sacrificing His own son? Besides, getting the opportunity for eternal life in (fictional) paradise is definitely an ending worth fighting for ;-).
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I have two passions: reading and writing. You can't write good stories without first reading good stories - that's my theory, anyway. So this is where I'll share with you the depth of those passions: background on what and why I write, as well as talking about the books that I read and how they impact my writing.