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Journal Entry: Mon Jul 7, 2008, 12:31 AM


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Yes, I did- and I did it by myself!  I uploaded seven new pics and for the past few days I've been fussing around with code.   It's kind of liberating to be able to do this by myself, although I was only able to do this with the help of a tutorial written by :iconsusanburghart:, my resident web geek.  Anyway, if you guys could stop by and let me know what you think of the update, I would appreciate it!  :)  

I was looking at the site stats, and apparently over the past few months, I've had visitors from Pakistan, Slovenia, Turkey, Russia and Peru.  Interesting...  I guess it's too bad I don't have a guestbook...

On a side note, I picked up a PDF of Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" yesterday and started reading it, to see what the fuss was about.  I gotta say, after a few chapters I decided that coding html was way more interesting.

However, I persisted in finishing it, and wrote this review here.  suburbanbeatnik.livejournal.co… all those who hate the book- and there seems to be a lot of you out there- I think you'd enjoy reading my take on it.






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:iconrockpunk92:
rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
And uh exactly what do you mean IT OUTSOLD HARRY POTTER!!!!!!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's what I'm told. Look: [link]
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
NOOOO!!! Grr that shouldnt last long. After her series ends something will come along to bump hers out of the list.
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
Twilight was crap. No doubt about that. Mainly because of the Maysueish Bella. I think you've basically said it all and i kinda sorta agree.
I'm still trying to fgure out if i read New Moon because i wanted to finish the story or because it was better. I'm not really sure.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think I'll ever read anything else by Stephanie Meyer- life's too short! :/
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
lol. I think its more that i want to find out the rest of the story. Her writing isnt the greatest...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I've read lots of fanfiction that's better, in fact... ;P
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rockpunk92 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
lol so have I. That was actually one of the first things i said when i finished Twilight.
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Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Good grief, I never had a chance to look at your site before. It is absolutely glorious! *Bookmarked* :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
I don't think I've every seen a more beautifully done artist's website!

Wow!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! It is all because of Amazing Susan... [link] She's one of my BFFs and like, the best website designer EVAR!
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Seitou Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The update is awesome as always :D For some reason, Mavis and the Romance Heroines was my favorite part of the update.

Twilight... uhhhggg... @___@ Honestly, I've stayed away from reading all vampire-related literature since I finished the first two books Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles. They were good, but vampires are just so overdone and they get old fast. And it kind of bothers me how vampires today are treated like teen idols and superheroes rather than as evil, nightmarish creatures, which is what they're supposed to be. As much as I love a good anti-hero (I'm sick to death of "noble" heroes), people shouldn't go around making light of evil >O> Today's youth is immoral enough as it is.

As for the writing and story itself... I read the review on your blog and that one passage you quoted had me laughing aloud. It sounded like porn >_______>;;; The writing had no class at all. And it OUTSOLD Harry Potter?! WTF?! How is that even possible?! The HP fandom scared me away from the series for the longest time, but I was forced to read the first book in my Children's Lit class (and I'm now finishing up the second book). It might not be the greatest piece of literature, but it's infinitely better compared to Twilight.

And your description of Bella made me laugh. Of course she's supposed to be a weak heroine; it's a vampire novel and people read vampire novels solely for the smexy vampire, not the ordinary heroine ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you liked the update. I should upload a few of the new pics here. :)

As I was telling Cyrion, I bet there's going to be backlash against what I call the "Twinkie Vampire." Half the people commenting on my review were talking about stories they wanted to write about monstrous vampires. I agree with you about how alarming it is, about people making light of evil; it boggles my mind that people think a bloodsucking undead ghoul would be considered attractive. Imagine a corpse that should be rotting, but is instead permanently held in stasis. No eating, breathing or shitting- hair wouldn't even grow. I bet there'd even be dead tapeworms in the vampire's intestines.

I'm hardly a fan of HP myself, but at least that series has a plot and characters... you know... DOING things. Personally I'm not into it (I don't really like stories with school settings), but that doesn't mean other people shouldn't be. I kind of wonder about fans of "Twilight" though. I don't even find it appealing on a guilty pleasure level. It's just too boring for that.

I'm glad you liked my description of Bella- man, she's such a simp!
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Seitou Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, vampires were gorey in the old folktales and such. Instead of being pale and gaunt, they were often desribed as being flushed/purple-ish and bloated xP That's hardly attractive... But I dont mind so much that their depiction has changed... as long as their nature remains evil and deceptive. I mean, evil that's hidden behind a beautiful face is kind of the worst type of evil, right? But it is really funny when you think about it XDD

One of my friends has just fallen in love with Twilight... even after I told her it was pure crap -___- Then again, like most girls, she just loves anything with vampires in it :P I seriously had no clue what Twilight was for the longest time until my friend's 13 year-old sister started talking about it... and she HATES it! XDD She pretty much said the same thing as you-- that the characters are annoying at best and that the story is just ridiculous. If a 13 year-old can see how dumb the whole thing is, then that should say enough right there.

XDD I think the school setting is part of the reason HP is so successful; most kids (and even young adults) can easily relate to it. Though I must admit that a lot of the story is very cliche :P Still, it's a fun read after a lot of the other stuff they make you read in college.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
LOLOLOLOLOLOL....I read your journal review of Twilight, and will go back to study your companions' take on it.

So good, so true, so well put!! :clap: Alas, you should see those doey-eyed young teens who read those books over and over and over again...



[maybe they're trying to find a kernal of worthwhile writing in it?] ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I admit, I read those 1980s "Sunfire" historical romances over and over, and the writing was pretty bad and sappy in most of those. But at least those actually had more of a plot and I kind of would learn something about the period (like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, or the Irish potato famine). And the heroines tended to be pretty spunky. There really doesn't seem to be any redeeming value about "Twilight." It's like... a Vampire Twinkie.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
You hit it right on the name -- "Vampire Twinkie".

Recently between all your links I came across someone lamenting that vampires were being sugarcoated into superheroes, instead of what they really were meant to be: the symbol of evil and anti-humanness. And that the change in attitude reflects our own society's change.

Pretty scary, if you think about it. So I like your lighter term: Vampire Twinkie. Sweet empty fluff.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
But I bet there's going to be a backlash soon against "The Twinkie Vampire." Even I'm a little surprised by the amount of loathing out there for "Twilight." When my sister looked at my LJ review, she first exclaimed over the number of comments there; then she said, "Looks like you tapped into something there."

Just the other day I actually thought of a short story idea about vampires murdering families near the Virguna Nat'l Park in the Congo, after I was reading National Geographic. I'm not sure it would work, but maybe I should give it a go at some point.
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
Go for it and good luck!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:lmao: Your review is awesome. Everything you say is so true and I couldn't agree more.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It was a bit of a challenge to write something that hadn't been said before, in a funnier way. But I like to think I succeeded. Not only is the sexist subtext appalling, but it's duller than dirt. At least those 35 year old Harlequins were more entertaining!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did succeed. :nod:

I think every chapter in the book is the same. She uses the same words over and over again. When I finished the book, I was so sick of reading words/phrases like "(golden) butterscotch", "cold skin", "dazzle", "angel", "chuckled" ( it seems to me that Edward communicated with outside world by chuckling most of the time :XD:) etc. And why every bloody thing has to be "old"? Old CD-player, old computer, old car...geez, if you don't know any better adjectives then don't write "old" all the time. :roll:

Honestly, if I had known that this kind of thing had the potential of becoming an international bestseller, then I would have kept my stories that I wrote when I was 12 and I'd be a freakin' millionaire by now. :lol:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
The only way I could get through the book was beer. Lots of it. And speaking of old technology, did you notice that Bella- whose mother is clearly upper middle class- doesn't have a cell phone? Cell phones aren't even mentioned in "Twilight" once. She also doesn't IM or text her friends, isn't on any social networking sites, doesn't play video games, and doesn't own a laptop. Except for the dial-up connection on her dad's computer and the prevalence of CDs, it could be 1985.

Am I the only one who noticed this?
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did notice that. :nod: It was so strange that it made me check the publishing year, just in case. :XD:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
There's a few times where Bella moans about the crap selection at the local library, and that she'll need to find a bookstore in a larger town. When I read that, I remember thinking, WTF? Apparently in Meyer's world, Amazon.com doesn't exist!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even if it existed, it would take Bella about 300 pages of boring text on the topic of how great her sparkly vampire boyfriend is to get online with her terribly terribly OLD computer. :XD:
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ArchaicCurls Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
WIN!

I hate those books with a passion.

And Steph Meyer is on the list of 100 Most Influential people now (and not JK Rowling FYI...).

Read all about it on my LJ (and see the link for yourself), and then posted it here for good measure....I ranted. A lot. :D

And also, you may be interested in this club:
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just finished reading Twilight earlier this week and I must say that I still have no idea what the fuss is about. :confused: I think I used to write similar stories when I was 13. :laughing:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's all pretty lame.

So what did you think of website update?
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That romance novel cover parody cracked me up. :XD: You should upload some of your more recent works here as well. They're awesome as always. :nod:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
*Droemar had a few choice things to say about Twilight in her journal. Her rant-reviews are great :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for letting me know. I'm planning to write an entry about it on my LJ, now that I've finished reading the thing.

So, what do you think of the update? :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
Which is the update exactly? :) I hadn't seen your site before!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Really? I thought you'd had! Oops... :blushes:

The first seven pics in the portfolio section, from "Infanta" to "Soul Searchers," are the update. You've seen those two, as I posted them here, but the ones in between are jobs I've just finished recently. :)
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
Omg, first of all, Twilight, in my most candid opinion, is little more than some kind of illiterate abortion spread across several hundred pages and packaged off to squirming 13 year old girls who fancy the idea of vampire relationships x___x And they want to make a movie about it. Kill me please?! So anyways, the new pieces look great if I do say so! They always do, but I mean it's even better on the website. Which might I add is incredibly eye appealing and colour co-ordinated :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Keegan! I'm glad to hear that you like the new stuff. I will probably be posting some of the Smart Bitches/AAM work here on dA... let me figure out what's going on first.

And yes, "Twilight" is pretty bad. I have read worse books though, in terms of prose. I guess the most disturbing thing about it to me is the sexist subtext, that the heroine has no agency, and is completely subjugated to the "hero." It's pretty disgusting.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
Oh please do, I seriously really enjoyed those pieces :D As I've mentioned, I have infinite patience, take your time.

Ok, no one else agrees with me on that! Bella is made out as some stereotypic nonchalant outsider, and then we have vampire boy who does all the action. I mean in the epic (can it be described as such?!?!) battle scene she's running around getting beat on by that douche-bag vampire until Cullen gets his ass over there and it becomes all Bring It On. Slightly depraved if you ask me in regards to teaching these 13 year old kiddies about their rights as women and their innate dependency and strength. Oh well, Miss Meyer has at least put women back about 30 years :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks K.! You know, your comment reminded me a lot of the review I just wrote on my LJ. So I posted a link just for you... :XD: [link]
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
That was epic. I thank you for the link and for giving me the most entertaining thing I've seen all week:D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you liked it! Make sure to check out the links at the bottom of the entry... plenty other people have ripped the book apart! :D
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
I definitely made sure too. Those people are my kind of people :D
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