The Official Twilight Guide is Nearly Here – will you buy it?
The guide, sure to be snapped up by eager Twi-fans the world over, is coming out April 12th. Carol Memmott of USA TODAY posted an exclusive interview about the guide as well as a recap of the ten winning fans that recently got to meet with Meyer.
Excerpts from the post are below (in quotes), with my comments in italics.
“When Stephenie Meyer walks into a room of Twilight fans, there’s no doubt she’s their undisputed vampire queen.” Interesting description in many ways. Especially given the “eternal celestial kingdom” of Mormonism that is kinda like being an immortal vampire. I read the Cullens as figurative Mormons, so this metaphor for Meyer places her as metaphorical “mother God” of the Twilight fandom.
“Meyer… is looking a little more Hollywood these days and a bit less like a suburban mom of three.” Looking a little more Hollywood? Is this a good thing? Should we be celebrating the celebrification of everyone from American Idols to authors? Oh, yay, the beauty imperative is getting stronger. Just what we need. And why, why, why does she have to endlessly be framed as a mother of three? There is nothing wrong with being a mother (I personally love it), but think if she were male and a father – would this descriptor always hang over her head? It’s patronizing. Like “look at what the little housewife can do.” Gag.
Memmott then goes on to quote extensively from Meyer, noting that she says of the forthcoming illustrated guide “”My favorite part is the vampire histories. There’s a lot there that’s new. Alice’s (Cullen) back story is one no one has known until now. And I think fans will be surprised at how much fun (Cullen nemesis) Victoria’s story is.” Ooooh. Now this I am interested in. More Alice! More Victoria!
On the birth scene, Meyer reveals, “I’ve only seen a rough cut and there are pieces missing, but I don’t feel like it’s graphic. You’re not seeing it, but you know what’s happened. It’s emotional. It doesn’t feel horror-ish. There’s blood, probably the most blood we’ve ever seen in the series.” Hmmm. If it’s not horror-like it’s not in keeping with how the book portrays this scene. Wish we had a rational as for WHY it needs to be presented as NOT horror-ish – I mean, isn’t this one of the MOST horrific, bloody scenes? Why “pretty” it up? Could it have anything to do with what I would say is the decidedly pro-pregnancy, pro-life message of the saga?
Finally, on the ending of filming Meyer shared, “I don’t know when it’s going to get me…but I know it will, and at that point I’m going to be a sobbing mess on the floor.” Yes, she and a bazillion Twilight fans the world over will likely share this sobbing mess state when the films are finally complete. Perhaps, as one reader of the blog noted, they should do a mini-series next…?