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    Books as Gifts

    Exactly. It's just common sense not to buy books for people that you know for a fact do not like to read. I should hope no one thinks I implied otherwise in my first post. And while it is easier to choose your own books, there are sooo many books I would have never have found or enjoyed on my own had a friend/family member not given them to me. I like being surprised every once in a while, and I know the majority of bookworms in my life do as well. I feel this way. I don't have to exalt the book or enjoy it only if it's flawless. Indeed, I enjoy the Temeraire series. They're far from perfect, but they're extremely entertaining. And the first was given to me as a gift
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    Books as Gifts

    A friend and I were discussing this the other day, with Christmas coming up. It can be tough buying a book that matches a friend's literary tastes. Like, you don't want to make the mistake of buying a bad cliche fantasy novel that your friend will hate haha. It's not impossible though, and we came up with some good ones (mostly classics). So here's the discussion pitch: What's a book you enjoyed so much that you would want the book reader in your life to enjoy as well? Why? I would buy a copy of Wild Swans, by Jung Chang, to give as a gift to someone--to almost anyone. It's a very inspirational book that most people could get into about three generations of women in China--non-fiction, but told in a very captivating way. If the person I'm buying for is younger, Watership Down and Sabriel (of the Abhorsen trilogy) would be great for the young reader. They're both YA books that a) don't talk down to the reader and are really enjoyable to read as adults too. On the other hand, what's a book you would like to receive as a gift? (Pick one you haven't read but want to.) Me: Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's been recommended to me dozens of times, and I know that Gaiman and Pratchett are pretty bad*ss individually, let alone put together. Hopefully this thread will be somewhat discussive, instead of just dissolving into 1-word answers.
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    Twilight

    I remember especially liking the first one, too, for the same reasons you did. I thought Meyer had a pretty interesting take on vampiries, and I think people who whine about how her vampires are "terribleterrible abominations ruined vampires forever baaaw" probably have never read much other vampire literature. Vampire literature and the vampires in them have been on the decline for years before Twilight. So, yeah, despite the sparkling, I thought the vampires were interesting, and I found the first book incredibly fun to read, despite its shallowness. I also had the fortune of reading the books late into highschool and into early college, so I didn't get involved in the fandom. And all of my friends who love the series are sane, mature fans. I think when it got popular with the generations younger than me, that's when it got out of hand. Of course, I've read all four books, so I think I'm entitled to talk about how bad they actually are. By the time I started reading the second book (this was before I was aware of the internet backdraft and the hatedom associated with the series), the series lost its magic for me, and I saw all the flaws in the characterization and, yes, the sexism and pedophilia in this series. I don't think Meyer put it in intentionally at all (I'll give her the benefit of the doubt), but the series contains some really messed up concepts.
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    Twilight

    And the anti-twitards are just as bad. The vitriol is much worse than the anti-Shurtagal folks. I've never met an annoying Twilight fan, but anti-twitards on the other hand. Good grief, they need to read something else. Then you don't read a lot. I keep telling people, it's not the worst book ever. I've read much, much worse. The very first book is a truly average book. And I'm not saying this is just "an opinion." I've evaluated it, plot, characters, writing, etc... It's average. It's good to kill an afternoon to if you like light, shallow pop fiction and teen romances. It's certainly not worth all the popularity it's getting, so I can see why some people might complain and disparage its value. But it's not on the bottom, either. The rest of the books in the series, dur hur hur, collapse in quality, each one worse than the one it follows. But that's a different post altogether, lolololol. Okay, now I'll have to call you out. Please, please read a book before you make such a judgment on it. The second opinions of The Host are that it's different from Twilight, so find out for yourself first. Some people just read the series to complain about them. It can be very fun *critic* Some don't even read the books before they hop on the bash-wagon. Some of us actually found the books genuinely entertaining (like me!), except we're honest about the quality of the books. They're not good.
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    Twilight

    Except she had opportunities to do just that after the first book. What does she do? Makes Edward and Bella's obsession with him worse in the following books. And you people are way too righteous. I'd totally sell out and write cheesy tween vamp romances and make da monies. Lotsa-n-lotsa monies. I'd be rollin', ya hatin'. Maybe I can sue Meyers for stealing my totally original shiny vamp idea that I came up with in college... that she stole from me... in the future? Hey wait!