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PostSubject: Should we do it?   Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:29 pm

My friend and I are both Anti-Twilighters, but we've never read Twilight. My friend saw the movie and thought it was crap.

But, if we're going to insult Twihards, shouldn't we at least have read the...thing?

We were going to get it from the library. I just hope nobody spots us!


Do you think it's okay to bash Twihards without reading Twilight?

Your thoughts, please.
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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:33 pm

Nope, it's not. I find it very annoying to see people who have no idea about something, and then go ahead and bash it. That would be like saying, "Classics suck. Not that I ever read any", or even "Chinese/Jews/Women/Astronauts are all mad and idiotic. Not that I've ever met any."

So I say, go ahead and read it, so you have valid grounds to bash it.

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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:06 am

In all honesty, it's ridiculous to bash something you haven't even tried. You have every right to your opinion, but only after you've read the books.
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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:08 am

I think you should read it and formulate your own reason as to why you dislike it. Of course, I didn't find much good in it, but for some people the writing style (or lack thereof) bothered them. For me, it was the characters that bothered me the most. It might be something else for you. Who knows?

But either way, I don't think it's fair to bash something without having read/experienced it first. So go for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:46 am

Read it so you can form your own opinion about it. I hate it when people bash something they know nothing of. At least try them, for God's sake. What if someone asks what you hate about it? The only thing you can probably answer is that it's overrated.
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PostSubject: Bashing   Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:00 am

I'm very much against all forms of "bashing".

It's much nicer to critique.

It's okay to point out a book's flaws (and can be great fun), but keep things moderate. I really hate rants about how bad a book is. Twilight obviously has some redeeming features, otherwise people wouldn't read it.

Focus on negative aspects is okay, yes, but don't go overboard and try to remember the positive.

And yes, you need to have at least read the thing before you can crit it.
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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Sat Mar 21, 2009 9:41 am

I intent of doing so myself at some time in the future (translated of course). I want to see what all this fuss is about. It can't harm me at any rate.
But what bothers me is that I will have to borrow it from a library (no chance of giving money to buy it) and at my age it will seem weird. The previous time I borrowed "Harry Potter" the librarian was kind of staring disparagingly. I don't have to apologize for what I read to no one, but still it made me angry: that look of "you know there are plenty of worthwhile books to read" as if I didn't know or have not read a great portion of the classics (and with pleasure too).
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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:17 pm

ksotikoula wrote:
I intent of doing so myself at some time in the future (translated of course). I want to see what all this fuss is about. It can't harm me at any rate.

I fully agree with that. Although I despise the series with a passion, I do encourage other people to read it and formulate and opinion for themselves. I used to push people away from the series, but given how popular the series has become, it's hard to go through an average day without a single Twilight reference. So if for nothing else, read it just to see what is going on. And to formulate an opinion for yourself.


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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:37 pm

So far I despise the fuss and the fanatical devotion of its admirers. But I don't like being predisposed. I was prejudiced against my favorite book (Jane Eyre) before reading it due to a plot summary, but then I loved it.
I don't expect that to happen with Twilight which everybody (even some fans) recognize as badly writen, but one has to study what is the cause of its success. There must be something good in it, even if it is the classic moto "sex and violence sell".
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PostSubject: Re: Should we do it?   Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:59 am

Even though I cannot call myself a Twilight fan, I think you should read the series just to be able to form an opinion. It is not fair, in my opinion, to bash a book without having read it.
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