I’m talking about the Twilight Saga of course. There’s a whole lot of Twilight hate out there, but do these people hate the books themselves or is it the fans and all of the hype that they hate?
Here’s the conversation that brought about this post, a conversation I have had countless times now.
Hater: “Ahhh! I hate Twilight SO much! It’s so stupid and cheesy and blah blah blah.”
Me: “Have you even read the books or seen the movies?”
Personally I think that is absolutely ridiculous. How can you pass judgment on a book you have never even read? So it got me thinking, these people don’t hate the actual book, they hate all the hype and the psychotic fans that come with the book. The same thing happened when the Harry Potter novels were huge, you had loads of people hating on the books, even though they never read them. It’s completely idiotic.
I admit that I don’t like the Twilight series. I read the first book and enjoyed it, I didn’t love it, I didn’t think it was anything special, but I enjoyed it. As I continued reading though, I hated each new book more and more, in fact I hated Breaking Dawn so much that I never even finished it. My initial hatred for the series had nothing to do with the fans and the hype though, I have my own reasons for disliking them. But now I find myself hating them much more than before, and as horrible as it is to say, it’s due to ridiculous popularity of the series and its god awful fans. (Side note: I want to make clear of the fact that I don’t think ALL Twilight fans are insane. I know many perfectly sane people that love Twilight and love it in a completely normal and healthy way, not an obsessive hyperventilating at the thought of Edward kind of way.)
The difference between me and those that have never read it and hate it, is that I HAVE read them and I know Twilight’s faults and flaws. So when I see how popular it has become it makes me angry because I know damn well that there are loads of other young adult books out there that are much more deserving of all this fame. This is why Twilight’s popularity and fans annoy me so much – because I feel that Twilight doesn’t deserve it. Obviously that’s my opinion, everyone has different taste in books and movies and I don’t think less of any one for liking Twilight (but if you go all crazy on my ass then that’s a whole different issue).
My whole point is that judging a book by its fans and fans only is beyond stupid. Hating the book after reading it is perfectly understandable, but hating just because so many people like it, that just makes you a moron.