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 , 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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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.
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
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!
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 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 Still, it's a fun read after a lot of the other stuff they make you read in college.
So good, so true, so well put!! 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?]
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.
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.
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 ) 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.
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.
Am I the only one who noticed this?
So what did you think of website update?
So, what do you think of the update?
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.
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.
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