Unless you've been living under a rock for a year or two, chances are you've heard of Twilight and it's creator Stephenie Meyer. Thought in equal parts to be a whiny bitch with the mind of a 13 year old, and a god.
She wrote Twilight and the sequels, giving aparent hope to young girls everywhere that a boy will appear and will instantly fall in love with her and be perfect in every way and blah blah blah. I don't want to end up writing Twilight out here.
She also donated a little of the money she made to a charity.
Supporting her friend.
Who had given her money to send Twilight to a publisher.
Stephanie is a self-obsessed, narrsisistic, hypocritical and infantile woman.
Here's one statement that shows that she is both infantile and unable to handle criticism:
"I will state, for the record, that my queries truly sucked, and I don't blame anyone who sent me a rejection (I did get seven or eight of those. I still have them all, too). The only rejection that really hurt was from a small agent who actually read the first chapter before she dropped the axe on me. The meanest rejection I got came after Little, Brown had picked me up for a three-book deal, so it didn't bother me at all. I'll admit that I considered sending back a copy of that rejection stapled to the write-up my deal got in Publisher's Weekly, but I took the higher road."
Oh wow! You didn't do something you shouldn't have even considered!
Supprisingly, when you send a book in to the publishers, they have to read and critisise it. You're opening yourself to judgement.
'Meanest rejection?' Are you 10? What, did they push you off the swings in the playground? Grow up.
Lets have a little look what Stephenie thinks of other, more talented authors, shall we?
Tw Staff: Reading Twilight it came to me the story of Westley and Buttercup. Is Bella and Edward's love True Love like theirs?
Stephenie: Actually Bella and Edward's love story is better than them. When I was in college, I wrote a lot of papers from a feminine perspective (it's an easy way to write) on the Princess Bride. Buttercup is an idiot and it doesn't bother anyone, all that matters is that she's beautiful,
Buttercup hated being beautiful. I don't think you read the book, Meyer, because the fact that Buttercup hates being beautiful is made very clear. She deliberately tries to make herself uglier and wants people to see her for her mind. She says this. A lot.
at the end she became a little more smart, but the female characters are very weak in that story. Westley is brave and smart and fights, Buttercup is just beautiful , it's her only thing, her brain means nothing, her personality means nothing to him, they have the kind of love where they can't live without each other. It's not a great example to me,
Actually, Westley was the only one who loved Buttercup for her personality and not her beauty. That's one of the reasons that she loved him. Weak female characters with big, strapping men to rescue them WHERE HAVE I READ THAT BEFORE. It sure as hell wasn't in The Princess Bride. Did Stephanie confuse Twilight for another book?
I couldn't find one who was a really good comparison to me, I mean, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr.Darcy is pretty good, except you should think that if either one of them dies the other one will carry on bravely,
'carry on bravley'? Isn't that what happens, oh I don't know, in real life? Real people don't do a New Moon.
and Romeo and Juliet were kind of idiots, they didn't know each other very well.
That's the whole point! Shakespeare was being all satirical. Do you know that word, Meyer? SA-TI-RI-CAL. Yes, it's a big word, isn't it?
And Anne Of Green Gables and Gilbert Blythe, but they are much more like Jacob and Bella, they're friends,they get on the nerves of each other a lot. I didn't find out yet a Bella and Edward love story that really satisfied me that way.
Really, Meyer? Oh yes, you're so much better than all those authors.
Austen, who lived in the time when wimmens were in the kitchen, had stronger female role models than Meyer. Meyer criticises things that are only problems in her books. And how egotistical must you be to think that your characters and "love" story are better than those of these amazing people. At least Shakespeare intended Romeo & Juliet to be a satire on teenage lust. Meyer makes it out to be srs bsns.
Here's what Robert Pattinson (Edward in the Twilight movies) has to say:
"...when I read [Twilight], it seemed like I was convinced Stephenie was convinced she was Bella and it was like it was a book that wasn't supposed to be published. It was like reading her sexual fantasy, especially when she said it was based on a dream and it was like, 'Oh I've had this dream about this really sexy guy,' and she just writes this book about it. Some things about Edward are so specific, I was just convinced - I was like, 'This woman is mad. She's completely mad and she's in love with her own fictional creation.'"
When the guy playing your character in a movie think's you're weird, you've gone far beyond the human limitations of insanity.
A girl waited in line all day at a book signing to ask Meyer a question. She wanted to know 'how she could write such an anti-feminist main character and if she wasn't ashamed of herself for letting young girls read her misogynist works.'
Meyer didn't answer. She said she didn't get the question, and moved on to someone asking about how pretty Edward was or something.
And now, before this gets ridiculously long, let me introduce you to Seth Meyer: Stephanie's brother.
He runs her site and also comes off as arrogant. He does not allow any emails to reach his sister that say anything short of 'OMG STEPHANEI U R MAZNG A LIETRARY J3SUS AND GOD!11!1 LOL I LUV UR BOKS TH3Y R MASTERPEC3S!1!!!1!1!', preventing Meyer from receiving any kind of criticism, which is not helping with her apparent case of narcissism.
One huge point of this is with an online petition by fans of Twilight, wanting an explanation to Breaking Dawn.
When the petition got 1000 signatures, this email was sent to Seth:
I completely understand that you are not the whipping boy for Stephenie Meyer, but she has given us no address to reach her directly, so sadly, I have few choices- and one of them was to send this to you.
My name is Heather Faust, and I have written a letter to Stephenie and to Little, Brown. As suggested by a number of others on message boards, I posted this letter as a "petition." Today we reached a thousand signatures. (It has only been live for a few days.) We will continue to leave it live and see how it grows.
I feel that it is well written and respectful, and I would hope that you would take a few minutes to read it. If it gets through to Stephenie, well, I'd be thrilled. We are not looking to hurt her, we aren't looking for her to rewrite it... We just want our opinions acknowledged, and we'd like to no longer be referred to as a "vocal minority." We'd also love it if she'd be able to answer our concerns with more than just "it's fiction," "I'm not a biology major" or other brush offs. We don't, of course expect that at all. But just a simple "Yes, I hear you, I'm sorry that you were disappointed" would be enough for us.
Anyway, sorry that you are in the middle of all of this. That must suck for you.
Thanks for your time
Polite, well written, and thought out, this is a perfectly alright email. What's not alright, is Seth's response:
First, let me assure you that I will not forward this email to Stephenie. You say that you are not looking to hurt her, but it would be ignorant to believe that criticism of any kind does not hurt the person to whom it is directed. I didn't even forward any of the 35 emails that I received today telling me (or Stephenie) how much they loved Breaking Dawn, how the series changes their lives, etc.
There are a few other reasons why I would not forward the link to this "petition." (By the way, you have heard that online petitions never generate results, right?). I disagree that it is "well written." Besides the grammar mistakes (which are not hard to overlook), you address the letter to Stephenie, but by the end of the first paragraph you refer to "Meyer" in the third person. I am not sure if you are speaking to her or not. Also, the "signatures" (which are completely invalid) are not just names, but a discussion board. I went to one page and found three people defending Breaking Dawn and saying things like "I am surrounded by self absorbed teenagers or adults that think they can write better books and never do!"
And, although I got very bored and wasn't able to read the entire "petition," I want to try to answer a few of your main points (although I'm sure that Stephenie's answers would be a lot better than mine):
#1 and #2: At the end of Eclipse, Alice specifically says that nobody has ever made the conscious decision to become a vampire, and so none of them had any idea how Bella would handle the entire process.
#3 and #4 (and everything else in your : These books are fiction. They are filled with FICTIONAL characters that Stephenie made up all by herself. In an attempt to keep the books clean and not make young girls think about things that they don't need to think about, no other book mentioned anything about reproductive systems. They are Stephenie's characters, she can decide anything that she wants.
And finally, Heather, your letter is not respectful at all. It is libelous in many instances. I would be embarrassed to say such things about someone who I have never met.
So, critisism is 'hurtful'. Yeah, we all know that. But it's important too! You never heard J.K.Rowling having a tantrum when Christians didn't like her books.
Even worse is Seth's reaction. 'Oh, it's fiction' doesn't count as an explanation. Oh fictional character, yeah sure. But even fictional characters and storylines need to make sense. Twilight doesn't.
and the last few lines.
'Not Respectful'? Really? Did you accidentally read your email?
And she isn't allowed opinions now?
So there we have it.