THERE IS A GOOD WRITER TRAPPED INSIDE STEPHENIE MEYER AND THE ONLY THING HOLDING HER BACK IS STEPHENIE MEYER
OK, rant time: what really disappoints me about Stephenie Meyer is that she’s actually really good at certain, specific things. She’s fantastic at worldbuilding, for example: I loved how The Host had all these ideas, not just for an alien invasion that’s actually a functional utopia run by benevolent aliens, but for a whole universe of worlds that have distinct cultures and alien species. And she’s great at writing side characters: as much as Breaking Dawn was the crowning trainwreck in the whole trainwreck series, there’s a whole section of the book devoted to Jacob’s POV, and it’s funny as hell. And he’s interacting largely with Rosalie, who’s also wonderfully developed for a side character, and they hate each other but it’s some of the best writing I’ve seen come out of her?
And then all these good ideas get derailed by her inability to do fuck-all with what she has. Her relationships are dull and lifeless and deeply fucked-up power-wise and derail the plot more often than not (ask me sometime about how I feel about the ending of The Host). Her pacing is shit. Her characters never grow emotionally or have any kind of arc, as if being a vampire makes you not only incapable of aging but also incapable of character development.
And it’s so frustrating, because here you have someone who REALLY COULD DO GREAT THINGS if she could just, I don’t know, take a Gender & Women’s Studies class and maybe some kind of writer’s workshop? But no, instead we have the adventures of Marble BedRock and his girlfriend Dull Surprise (or, in the case of The Host, Ineffectually Angry in the body of Dull Surprise with their boyfriends Indistinguishable One and Two).
dedicated to @sleepyscorpion because this awesome book is basically what brought us together! <3 tbh I wish I could do better, but I hope you like this<3 Some of the quotes may be wrong? I copied and pasted them from goodreads, I hope they are all at least close, ahhh
Aries: This place
was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds - the most beautiful senses,
the most exquisite emotions.. the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds.
Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be
Taurus: No point in
ignoring the truth. Doesn’t make it worse to have it said out loud. // Perhaps
there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance
it out on some unknown scale.
Gemini: The irony
made me laugh, and I concentrated on the feel of the air that popped in little
bubbles from my chest and up through my throat. Laughter was like a fresh
breeze - it cleaned its way through the body, making everything feel good.
Cancer: I had never
intentionally caused anyone physical pain, but I had hurt Ian deeply enough
just by hurting myself. Human lives were so impossibly tangled. What a mess.
Leo: We value the
individual. We probably put too much emphasis on the individual, if it comes
right down to it. How many people, in the abstract, would…let’s say
Paige….how many people would she sacrifice to keep Andy alive? The answer
wouldn’t make any sense if you were looking at the whole of humanity as equals.
Virgo: If I was
given the choice between having the world back and having you, I wouldn’t be
able to give you up. Not to save five billion lives. // He thinks
things through too much.
Libra: Thinking of
it made me feel joyful and anxious and shy and desperately impatient all at the
same time—made me feel human. // He squeezes
my hand, and my heart punches against my ribs. It’s just like pain, this
Scorpio: What was it
that made this human love so much more desirable to me than the love of my own
kind? Was it because it was exclusive and capricious? The souls offered love
and acceptance to all. Did I crave a greater challenge?…Or was it simply
better somehow? Because these humans hate with so much fury, was the other end
of the spectrum that they could love with more heart and zeal and fire?
was the most honored of all talents, for it benefited everyone. // My patience
was not waning, but entirely gone.
Capricorn: How did
anyone survive this world, with these bodies whose memories wouldn’t stay in
the past where they should? With the emotions that were so strong I couldn’t tell
what I felt anymore?
fact mixed with fiction so thoroughly that, though no lies were told, it was
hard to remember what was strictly true. // No one’s
young anymore. Anyone who’s survived this long is ancient.
Pisces: After all
I’ve seen, if I hadn’t learned compassion, I wouldn’t be worth much. // You are the
noblest, purest creature I’ve ever met. The universe will be a darker place