Monday, April 27, 2009

In a Research Frame of Mind

MENTAL STATUS: "Chipper". It must be because of the weather--sunny and high seventies. It does a body (and mental state of mind) good. : )


I finally caved in and I'm reading Twilight. You know, reading for research and all that. Not that I plan on writing a vampire book, but I am--as I've frequently whined--thinking about writing a YA after this book I'm currently writing is done. Maybe.

I hope.

Anyhew, I think what I like about the book is the waiting for something BIG to happen. Something scary maybe? That's what makes me turn the page. At first I was waiting for her initial reaction when she found out Edward was a vampire. But she was actually pretty calm about it. Disappointingly so. I was expecting her to freak out. Ya know? Wouldn't you?
So there has to be something else on the horizon. (If there isn't anything big coming, don't tell me.) I'll discover it soon enough.

Are you currently reading for research?

12 comments:

Chicki said...

That's what disappointed me about the movie. Bella was like, "You're a vampire. Oh, okay."

I can understand the popularity of the series with teens, but after reading J.R. Ward's big, sexy, urban, grown-men vampires, Twilight seemed like Mary Poppins.

Every time I start "reading for research" I get so into the story, I forget all about what I'm supposed to be studying. When I started Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series, that was way intention, but I'm on Book 6 and they are so fantastic that I haven't taken note the first ...

Sarita Leone said...

I've had the book in my hands a half-dozen times and always put it back on the shelf. I'm curious, but obviously not enough to actually read...yet. :)

I'm currently reading a Lisa Kleypas for "research"...you do believe it's not strictly for pleasure, don't you? Hmm?

Hope you have a lovely Monday!

Jessica said...

I'll be honest: I struggled to get through this book. I liked the movie better. I'm curious as to what you think. It does speed up, kind of.

Jody Hedlund said...

I have a hard time reading outside of my genre! I love historical and so mostly read it! But I am planning to read the books of all of my blogging friends (even your new one!), so I guess if one of my friends ends up writing a vampire story at some point, I 'll try to read it! Who, knows maybe I'll actually like it? :)

Kristen Painter said...

I actually thought the first book was a pretty fast read. Not great writing, but good storytelling. There's little reason to read beyond book 1, tho.

Chelle Sandell said...

I didn't think I'd like the books, but I did. I waited awhile but couldn't resist when Rae wouldn't quit talking about them;) I felt like they could've done so much more with the movie. I hope they put more effort into the next one.

Cyn said...

Keep hoping for something big to happen. Maybe it will.

The thing I don't like about the Twilight books is that Bella puts her entire life on hold once she meets Edward. What are her goals? Nothing. She just wants to be a vampire so she's with him. Forever.

Is this what you'd want YOUR daughter to do for some guy? Me, neither. >;P

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Oh, I'm always reading for research. Part of a writer's world, I believe. So much fun, isn't it!

T. Anne said...

I read the series, save breaking dawn. Odd I know. Anyway, read them many moons ago and found them entertaining. I have to admit they are lengthy and drag on in some places. BTW, I think this is the week I do your Amazon review. FIngers crossed for spare time... And I loved your novel!

Stephanie said...

I think one of the big points to Twilight was how she didn't freak out. If you read on, maybe you'll see what I mean...or maybe I'm freak. Maybe both?

I didn't like how obsessive they both seemed, but we have the adult world view...remember when you're a teenager and how we put our lives completely on hold to be with a boy? I think she did an excellent job of getting into the teenagers psyche. After all, if she didn't, it wouldn't be the phenomenon it is right now because no one could relate!

MsSnarkyPants said...

I agree with Stephanie. I think part of what makes Bella who she is, is that she doesn't freak out when she finds out he's a vampire.

I loved the books. I can't say really what makes them stand out and appeal to so many, but I wish they would bottle it so I could buy some!

Cindy said...

I love reading for research, particularly when I am yearning to write in a new genre or I want to put a little twist on the genre I already write in. When I am not reading for research (or pleasure), I read for inspiration and motivation. Nothing makes me want to work on my own novel more than reading something really good.