Sunday, May 27, 2012

Midnight Sun. What an insult to literature.

According to Wikipedia, Stephanie Meyer is actually going to be able to recycle her own crap in the upcoming Midnight Sun series. This time, instead of telling the story in Bella's point of view, she's going to recycle everything and write it in Edward's point of view.

Encyclopedia Dramatica really says it best here:

"Also known as Twilight 2: Electric Boogaloo, and "holy shit, do you really need more twinkies and ho-hos?". This book will be the same old stupid crap from the first Twilight, only told from Edward's perspective (oh the originality), undeniable proof that Meyer is not only shameless, but also lazy and fat; she gets to recycle all her old dialogue, change a few verbs and nouns and write approximately 2% of a new book. This book plus the following Twilight Guide and the movie companion version of the book just prove that Stephenie is just milking these fangirls for all they're worth (and they deserve it for being so stupid to actually like this shit)."

Even though this is coming from a satirical wiki, I really can't help but agree. It is truly sad that Meyer has not decided to pull another idea out of the hat, like most real writers; and instead has decided to literally just milk the series for all it's fucking worth. As with my WD novels, I am completely going to be done after the third one. Even if I made a fortune off those books, I'd never write another one and would use my stubbornness to deny even any monetary offer for a fourth Will's Downfall anything! Even a novella would be off the table. 

To continue writing 80 billion novels based on the same fucking series is absolutely pathetic. Authors did not do it in the past, you never saw Dickens or Melville or Clemens writing sequels and prequels and offshoots of their classics, so why do so many writers feel that they need to milk their franchises? I try to stuff all I can in three books. But when it's done, it's done. I'll move on, just like any of the greats. 

Let's even take Clive Barker for example. Now he has written a few series novels, but he always manages to come out with something fresh. The same can be said with Neil Gaiman. Of course, even great authors like George R.R. Martin has let fame go to his head, as he's decided to write more books in the Song Of Fire and Ice series, because Game Of Thrones became so fucking popular. 

But Charlaine Harris, on the other hand, announced that she was not going to write anymore Sookie Stackhouse, after the last two books, because she felt that the story had been told. It does not need milking, let True Blood do that. 

There is a plague on American Literature these days, and I've noticed it in dealing with agents and publishers. You have to give them what they want, not something that is unique, original, and would challenge the minds of readers. I could write any sort of simple vampire tale, fantasy romance, or the whole nine yards. But when I wrote WD, I was trying my best to write the "Anti-Twilight."

Here is displayed a rare first page from WD that has been cut from the official version. It explained the entire truth of the series:

"So... Why are you still reading?

I don't know. I honestly haven't the faintest idea.


Perhaps, a friend told you that it was worthwhile, and not written like some cheesy teen vampire
romance novel, which everyone seems to be reading these days. The character might be a high
school student, but he doesn’t drink blood, nor does he appeal very much to young women.
After all, I’m sure that there are far more brilliant stories out there with far more pages, and
gargantuan amounts of detail. That’s probably more to your style, eh? So one man’s tale can’t be
told because it lacks the glamor of a Hollywood blockbuster?


Well, there’s no “William Barker and The Manure Bucket Of Wonder” or “The Amazing Right
Shoe Of Finneus Pendragon” if that’s what you wanted.


If you‘re looking for that, then you’d probably be better off to quit reading now.
Sometimes books have the ability to tell whether or not their readers will enjoy them. This one
however; thinks that you might enjoy reading about a lovesick cultural taboo with fangs, or a
prepubescent teenage sorcerer.


Unless your church shuns on such things. (Assuming of course, that you go to church.)
I don’t, and I’m better for it. You may not feel this way, but I do, and I would feel quite well if
you would just put this book down. After all, this tale is so strenuous that I’d rather it not be read
at all.


But, if you really insist, or have nothing at all in the world better to do…
Then, turn the page."


Do you get it now? The entire WD saga was written as a big slap in the face to current American literature. But you know what? People realized that. They also realized that the book series was different, original, hardcore and gritty. People have told me that my writing talks to them. But apparently that doesn't become an easy cash cow. 


WD is not a golden calf, it is an experiment and a testament to what real literature could and should be. There are many authors out there, like me; who have seen the trends and realize that the publishing world is not what it used to be.


If Meyer is allowed to in essence, re-write her novels as the other character and still be heavily compensated for it; then I truly believe the mainstream American publishing industry to be dead. It's not about originality, it's about quick sales. It's got to sell! It's all high market capitalism, filling the minds of youth with blather, rather than food for thought - which novels used to offer. I'm not saying that all current novels are this way, but the majority of youth paperbacks seem to repeat themselves like bad Hollywood remakes.


Just like the movie industry, and the game industry, the publishing industry is more concerned with making a quick buck, than a quality product. People just don't see movies anymore because they suck. Games these days constantly the same themes, and so do books apparently. 


Originality is dead. Enjoy the Midnight Sun series.

 

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