It’s not the first criticism of the books and the writing. Like all popular books, The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer sparked controversy when it was popular and one of the major criticisms the books faced was being accused of terrible writing.
Her habit of overusing words was a pet peeve of many critics and this video is only the latest observation of this particular quirk in her writing. She is mostly criticised for overusing the adjective ‘perfect’ whenever describing the protagonist’s love interest’s face and similarly she constantly describes his voice as ‘velvet’ and smile as crooked.
The story follows a girl who moves to a small town to live with her father and falls in love with a vampire there. There are some supernatural adventures in the book series, but it is primarily a love story.
The writing has been criticised by many though none of that impacted the popularity of the books. The Twilight series was one of the most popular series of it’s time. It has sold millions of copies worldwide. The first book released in 2005 and the series gained so much popularity that by the time the last book released, it sold 1.3 million copies on the first day of its release. It was adapted into a series of movies that all did well too. It should be noted that her writing appealed to many, even if it didn’t meet the standards of readers and writers.
The books are classified as Young Adult and the stereotype of a fan was an obsessed teenage girl who was in love with one of the characters from the book. These factors were also used to add weight to the criticism of the books, which seemed to be a part of the literary narrative at the time.
Now that an upcoming book has been announced, we can expect a similar bashing to become commonplace again, for even those who hadn’t read the books seemed to enjoy taking a stand on disliking them. Even if the series was half as flawed as the criticism claimed, it got the youth to read again and that’s always a good thing.