Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Buffy meets Edward

Kudos to the folks at Rebellious Pixels - this shit is hilarious. I especially hope all you adult women out there reading Twilight novels (and Harry Potter, for that matter) are suitably offended by how creepy and stalkerish Edward is and how coldly Buffy rejects his ass. Seriously - read books for grown-ups! Twilight and HP, like Trix, are for kids.


Stephanie said...

Whoa. Twilight and Harry Potter in the same hateful breath?

Twilight, I grant you, is absolute rubbish, but not much worse rubbish than a lot of stuff people read (and probably better rubbish than most stuff people watch). Harry Potter, on the other hand, is worth at least 27 Downtown Owls, and probably about 162 You Don't Love Me Yets.

There are a lot of completely fantastic kid books out there that can easily kick adult fiction's sorry carcass to the curb. A good story well told is a good story well told.

Just saying. Funny video, though.

CB said...

Ha. I was wondering how many minutes it would take before the first outraged response came in.

One question, though, Stephanie: Did you really think Downtown Owl was better than You Don't Love Me Yet? I agree that neither is high literature, but I thought Lethem's work beat Klosterman's by a mile.

Stephanie said...

Lethem is capable of better, therefore my disappointment in You Don't Love me Yet was more severe. I don't expect much from Chuck Klosterman, so I wasn't terribly surprised or disappointed with his work. It was about what I expected it to be. Lethem has no excuse. That book was terrible.

CB said...

Terrible? I'll agree it was different that what he does, but almost all his stuff is different, from the maximalism of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude to the sci fi of Amnesia Moon and As She Climbed Across the Table. I think You Don't Love Me Yet was an experiment in confection, and a multi-media genesis kind of thing as evidenced by the second-generation creativity it has spawned (see his Promiscuous Materials project).

But, regardless, the book was not nearly as good as its title. Nor was As She Climbed Across the Table, for that matter. Then again, those are two AWESOME titles.

Stephanie said...

I haven't read much of his fiction, so I can't compare it directly to anything else, or locate my reaction in a specific disappointment that it didn't measure up to some other book he has written. I was more disappointed because he clearly was a writer with capacity, and ability, and it was wasted. I found it pretty pretentious, and the writing felt like it was on cruise control. Reading books like that make me really aggravated, because it feels like a colossal waste of time - my time, and the author's.

Reading Twilight was more interesting, actually, just because of the social hoopla and the tremendous amount of projection it invites.

Bridget Callahan said...

Having read children's book well into adulthood, and having also been a Whedon junkie for long enough to be embarrassing...I think Harry Potter is mediocre. H. Potter himself is a terrible character, all pathetic and whining. And Twilight reminds me of a show the CW would play at 2pm on Saturdays, like Stargate Atlantis. F them both.

CB said...

Stephanie: I see your point about the hoopla and Twilight. There is a value in participating in that kind of mass culture experience. That being said, there are only so many more books I'll get to read in my life - YA fiction doesn't get any of the list.

Bridget: You are awesome. F them both, indeed. By the way, the next book for our book club is the aforementioned Lethem one (You Don't Love Me Yet), I have an extra copy if you want it. Email me your address and I'll put in the post, or come out to Waterloo Saturday and I'll snag a copy from my car. Let me know either way.

Bridget Callahan said...

The answer is yes, I do want it. And I am planning on being there Saturday for a bit, so leave it in your car. Thanks!