Monday, August 4, 2008

done.

I hate hype. Whether it is a new movie, product, book, restaurant, band, store -- I can't stand things that are so talked about, so advertised, so blogged about and written about and reviewed and built up that before they even come out (or are released, or out for buying, whatever) you feel like you already know so much about them. That you're almost required to like them, just because they're so hyped. And I hate even more people that like something JUST because it's the hot or popular or trendy thing at the time (see: most iPhone users!). Get your own opinions, people!

But ... one exception: The Twilight Series of Books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and now Breaking Dawn). I was a late comer to the series ... I read the first 3 books after Eclipse had been out awhile already. I couldn't stand that everyone was talking, recommending, gushing on and on about these books about vampires (what?!) and werewolves (huh?!) and that it was a young adult book, but a love story, but still really really good. Did NOT sound appealing to me.

Yeah, until I stayed up all night reading and read Twilight in about 8 hours, and then New Moon and Eclipse both over the next 2 days, finishing out the trilogy in a long 3 day weekend. I was hooked. So good.

So I was excited this weekend when Breaking Dawn (the 4th and final book) was being released. I wasn't going-to-the-midnight-release-party-excited, but stop-at-Target-at-9am-excited. Even though I knew I wouldn't be able to read until Saturday night due to a family reunion all day long that day. But I did read that night. And read, and read, and read. We had pizza for dinner Sunday night because I was reading. And reading. And finally I finished it, just a few minutes ago. And it was good.

You won't find any spoilers here, especially because I know some of my good friends are still waiting on their pre-ordered books to come from Amazon.com, but I'll just say that I'm overall happy with the way it ended. Not just how Breaking Dawn ended, but how she tied up the series as a whole. Surprised, a little thrown off, but happy. A little was predictable, and it was a little fairy-tail-ish, but really what else did we expect? Who else is reading it? Has finished it? Liked it? Hated it? Go check in at the most recent post at the Oh! It Is Only a Novel! book blog and then in a few days we'll post a review by Darci and I and discuss it more then (with spoilers!).

So now I'm a gusher and a recommend-er and a hype-er about the Twilight books. I talk about them to everyone. I share a knowing look to the other girl in the check-out line that has Breaking Dawn in her cart. I've gotten a lot of people hooked on the books, and I'm proud of it. And now I'm going to go read Breaking Dawn again, from page 1, because it was just that good, and I feel like I rushed through it the first time just dying to know how it ended.

13 comments:

  1. So I had this theory that mama blogs would be out of commission for week or at least a couple of days because they'd all be reading Breaking Dawn. Apparently, I underestimated how long it takes to read SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES!

    I guess I can't talk. By the time I got into Harry Potter the 4th book was out and I finished 1-4 in a week.

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  2. I've stayed away from the Twilight books for all the reasons you mentioned. Usually if someone tells me I'm going to LOVE something, it makes me a little bit determined not to! :) However, a lot of people whose opinions I trust are saying these books are the bomb so maybe I should just bite the bullet and go ahead and read them already. At least if they're really compelling I won't have to wait for any new releases.

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  3. Ryan: 754 pages, actually. ;) And yeah, you didn't take into consideration all the laundry that was going undone, dishes piling up in the sinks, kids running around unbathed, and take-out being ordered. I need to read HP, that fits into my "don't like the hype" category. I own all of the books and just need to start them.

    Hannah: You either hate them or you love them, I've found. I'll be interested to hear what you think!

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  4. I can't believe you finished it already. On Friday night I sat there telling Tucker how I was so sick of the HYPE and couldn't even imagine going to the midnight release parties. Saturday came and I happened to be in a local bookstore picking up some other things and couldn't resist buying it. So I succumbed to it. I bought and started it. I'm only about 40 pages in. I'm afraid to get to sucked in because life around me stops until its done. I'll let you know what I think!!

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  5. Julie: It was surprisingly an easy read. Maybe because we are more familiar with all the charachters? But it was good. Not like Twilight-this-is-drop-dead-amazing good, but still good.

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  6. I just received an Amazon GC that has these books written all over it. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I just finished it and I don't know where to begin for the review, there is some much going on and so many things to discuss.

    I am totally with you on the hype thingy, but I can't let it bother me for a good book, I just love them and you will love HP, so good, so much better than the movies.

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  8. I just ordered mine from Amazon so I can't wait for it to get here. My mom gave me the first book one of our trips home to read on the airplane. I had never heard of them at the time but she said she couldn't get into it. When I saw it was about Vampires I have to admit my initial thought was "No thanks"... I really don't like stuff like that but I finished it on the flight, got home, straight to the computer to order the other two and finished them both in a couple of days. I passed them around to all my friends here and got them all hooked, lol!

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  9. Harry Potter is totally worth the hype. I think it's my favorite series. The first two or three books are definitely more kid-friendly, but once you get to Goblet of Fire, they are so insanely good. I think my favorite is book 5.

    Kelly

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  10. Man oh man oh man! I can't wait to get mine from amazon!! I am still trying to get through book 3 again before i read this new one...but i am tempted believe me!! I too get a little worried about how hyped up something can be...cause it usually never lives up to what you think it should be. But we will see...i can't wait! Where is that UPS man anyways????

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  11. i am gonna sound like such a hater, but i learned at comic-con from someone who has been reading the Twilight series that Twilight is basically a rip-off (and a young adult version) of another series that was written several years before the Twilight series.

    they're making an hbo series out of the older books called True Blood.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_Blood

    anyway, i am hoping to eventually read both series. maybe the author of the Twilight series improved it. who knows. hehe.

    i am so far behind in my book reading. sheesh.

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  12. the girl i was talking to was pissed that she'd spent all this time on the Twilight series and she hadn't known about the other series. she is excited for the True Blood tv show and now she wants to read the other series...

    either way, i am fan of vampires and werewolves, so i DO want to read it. just need to get through the HUGE stack of OTHER books on my nightstand! hehe.

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  13. I haven't read the series that True Blood is based on but judging on the synopsis, the similarity stops with "vampires and werewolves."

    I'll probably give the show a try though. :)

    Kelly

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