Alright. Cards on the table people – this needs to be said.
I’m reaching out to you on a personal level, asking for your help here because if I have to see ONE MORE novel reviewed that is compared to Twilight, I think I might vomit. Please…help save my weak constitution.
Sure, some books are bound to be like one another…it happens. In fact sometimes when promoting a book or describing one you might say “If you liked Girl Interrupted and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory you’ll love this book” (Jesus! Can you image a book that combined those two things…..sorry, I digress…) – it’s a common thing for bloggers and reviewers, or just your average Jo describing something, to do.
What I am so beyond ill about, is that the creativity level of bloggers and reviewers these days is so low that they can’t come up with anything else to say about a book other than “It was just like Twilight” *insert whiney voice here*. And when they do this, more often than not the review also contains the following elements:
1. A very dark and deep rooted hatred for Twilight and all things related to it. One they mention, usually more than once and use this boiling level if disdain to help you gauge just how beyond SUCK they thought the book they are reviewing really is.
Seriously…when do you see a Twilight comparison and someone is gushing about the novel they are reviewing….yea, never.
2. The book they are reviewing actually isn't anything like Twilight at all… EXCEPT for the fact….here it is…it’s a Fantasy based plot line..and…THERE’S A LOVE TRIANGLE.
I have news for you – love triangles have been apart of fiction since the first pen hit parchment! No, no….since chisel hit stone! I can count on ONE hand, of the 117 books I read last year that DIDN’T have a love triangle of some fashion in it. And not because I sought them out – but because it’s the kinda been norm, it’s what the YA’s want to read and because it’s an interesting element that brings in suspense and emotion. GET. OVER. IT.
Also, hello – fantasy books are HUGE – H…U…FRICKING G..E huge right now, damn skippy there will be a lot of them?! Um…duh? It’s called good business….produce what the masses want…make money…..*smacksforehead*
OMG – Amber….you like Twilight don’t you? *Gasp*
Shut up! It’s no secret I enjoyed the books and movies. But that’s not why I’m doing this. I don’t care if you hated it. Super, if you did. To each their own. All I’m saying is if you’re going to review books, have enough sense to not compare every one you read and didn’t like to Twilight because you didn’t like that either. Also have enough of a brain in your head to realize Twilight wasn’t the first love triangle…and it won’t be the last so if you hate them…try another genre…
So let me know you’re thoughts….are you also sick of the constant generalized comparisons in reviews these days? Or do you think that all books really are kind of a rip off of that Stephenie Meyer book some people seem to hate?