Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:
Thank you for the A2A.
I don’t think they’re ‘bad’. ‘Bad writing’ is a big word. The most important reason why I don’t think they’re exactly ‘bad’ is because I’ve seen much worse. Oh yes I have! Bad grammar, spelling errors, illogical analogies…ah! I’ve seen it all! The Twilight books are classified under ‘Young Adult’ category and IMHO it does full justice to that genre.
We must not overlook the fact that the said ‘young adults’ of today have a lot of other interests unlike the younger days of the older adults of today. Reading habit is not as rife as it was once upon a time. Nor is a well-read person respected more than a person who does not read books. To catch their attention, many authors have taken to a very casual and carefree way of writing… a la Twilight. Subjects that are a big deal to youngsters are given bloated importance…coming of age, teenage love interests, crushes, fast cars, all all that jazz. Such a trend in literature was unheard of even while I was in my teens.
I was raised on a healthy literary diet of Shakespeare, Austen, Bronte, etc. Unfortunately, they don’t write such books these days. Times have changed. The kids of today don’t digest old-school romance and stories of chivalry and courtship because it just seems ‘silly’ and ‘unrealistic’ to them. I don’t blame them. Those days and those times are lost forever.
So one is forced to either read YA novels or read very heavy-duty novels, which employ so many metaphorical references that one has to pause every few sentences and ponder over it to understand what the author is actually trying to convey. And sometimes we totally miss the very essence. YA books are good for some light reading…the kind that you read and forget. I read Twilight just because Robert Pattinson played the role of Edward Cullen. There was no other reason why I read it.
Ditto for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. I had had copies of the trilogy since quite a while but I’d never read them until I saw the trailer of the first movie and Jamie Dornan’s piercing stare caught my attention. Specifically, this moment…
There was no looking back after that.
Twilight is a fantasy saga and trying to find realistic aspects to it is pointless. If you read it with a mindset to find faults, you’ll find at least two of them on every page. But if you read them like a fairy tale set in modern times, it’s not so bad. And comparing them to classic English literature is the worst thing anybody could do. They shouldn’t even be in the same sentence!!
P.S.: Most of the negative propaganda against Twilight was started by men who were threatened by a literary character for the first time in ages, after their wives/girlfriends started to keep Edward as a yardstick for perfection 😛 LOL