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Christian Science Monitor Reveals the Crackaliciousness of Twilight. It’s the Romance!

Surprise, surprise.  Twilight is popular because the boy meets girl, girl meets boy, and the two fall in love trope works or so discovers a blogger for the Christian Science Monitor.  Actually Marjorie Kehe is just discovering the theorizing of Alex Carnevale from Gawker:

She writes: “Bookstores have been known to shelve the Twilight books in both the children’s and the science fiction/fantasy sections, but they are — in essence and most particulars — romance novels, and despite their gothic trappings represent a resurrection of the most old-fashioned incarnation of the genre. They summon a world in which love is passionate, yet (relatively) chaste, girls need be nothing more than fetchingly vulnerable, and masterful men can be depended upon to protect and worship them for it.”

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

6 Comments

  1. Ann-Kat
    Nov 12, 2008 @ 10:20:04

    Funny this should come up yet again, but I was having this same discussion last night with a friend who asked why Twilight was so popular when you take into consideration the actual writing and editing. My response was plain and simple: teen angst, damsel in distress, and a tall dark and brooding prince charming who rescues said damsel. I’m still surprised that people are still wondering about this. *sigh*

  2. Jane
    Nov 12, 2008 @ 10:40:01

    @Ann-Kat: My favorite comments are those by readers and authors who say things like “I love Twilight but would never read those awful romance novels.”

  3. Michelle
    Nov 12, 2008 @ 13:18:48

    A lot of romances do real well when they are marketed as mainstream stories and not one of those “awful romance novels”. It helps if they are written by a man.

  4. Emmy
    Nov 12, 2008 @ 14:41:20

    a world in which love is passionate, yet (relatively) chaste, girls need be nothing more than fetchingly vulnerable, and masterful men can be depended upon to protect and worship them for it.”

    *gigglesnort*

    Ah, the good old days of Johanna Lindsey and Janelle Taylor…how I miss thee!

  5. Jenny Reyes
    Nov 01, 2009 @ 22:00:21

    oh i am so addicted to watching Twilight movie on my portable DVD player and laptop. Twilight is the best ever movie for me ^

  6. Meams2
    Nov 09, 2009 @ 10:39:23

    I cannot get enough of the movie Twilight. This is the best movie that i have ever watched. I love the chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson *

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