I agree with this. I'm the opposite on the spectrum, though - I absolutely hated her books in high school. They were mediocre, at best, and I couldn't understand why so many people were so obsessed with them when there were so many better books out there. It's like I'd never heard of a guilty pleasure before, or like I'd never enjoyed something other people haaaated.bclayton13 wrote: ↑26 Jun 2018, 18:26I truly liked the Twilight series. I don't think it's the greatest book ever but it was very good. I was definitely a fan in high school.
In a way I feel bad for Stephanie Meyer; she published a YA novel and I think it blew up way more than she'd expected. Suddenly everyone's criticizing her writing and her work's under a microscope. She's not the most masterful writer but I don't think she deserved the blasting she got.
And then I grew up and realized the Hate Train is not a fun place to be. It's not like she killed anyone or bullied people or did anything highly offensive. Her books are exactly what they're supposed to be - young adult novels targeted toward teens and tweens, focusing on romance. It did this brilliantly. It appealed to a very wide audience.
Do I still think Edward's a little creepy? Yes. But he's not much creepier than most other main love interests in the genre, and Bloody Mary, have I enjoyed books with protagonists just as bad.
Stephenie Meyer got way more hate than she deserved. I feel a lot of remorse for how frustrating that must've been for her. I still think the books are mediocre - but I can also see why they appealed to so many people, especially young people. That's fantastic. It's great when you can find a book that speaks to you. There's nothing wrong with that.