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Thursday, August 07, 2008


It is impossible to be in the world of YA and not mark the release of Breaking Dawn, which came out this Sunday to wild fanfare. I saw many vampires and werewolves on the subway on Friday—many more than normal. All were heading to the bookstore! I like big events in which many, many people crowd bookstores. And I like the fact that people are so excited to read!

There’s been a lot of talk about Breaking Dawn since it came out. It’s sparked a spirited debate. Again, I saw, hooray! So much book discussion!

In fact . . . the discussion is EVERYWHERE. My inbox is flooded with questions from people who want to know what I think about the book and the issues it raises. As you know by now, I don’t shy away from the hard questions. Today, I wanted to talk about a few of the critical questions. I hope this can in some way inform your arguments, or maybe just add to your general knowledge base.



Vampires are 100% real, but, of course, they don’t behave in the way you see in stories. Real vampires are extremely boring.

Vampires do not generally attack anymore because the government carefully regulates them. The Red Cross was invented as a cover organization to provide them with all the blood they need. It is generally assumed that this marks the point at which vampires actually stopped being cool, putting on awesome outfits and hunting their prey. They became lazy and complacent, sitting around waiting for their blood deliveries in their underwear.

Mostly, vampires hang around the house, spending almost all their time online, leaving incredibly tedious and needlessly complicated comments to discussion boards and updating their blogs. All vampires have blogs. You have never read one because they are so boring, no one ever links to them. They also run Wikipedia.

It is a tremendous act of charity that so many writers take on the subject of vampires and make them sound glamorous. Vampires love to read vampire novels, but being the annoying creatures they are, they tend to obsess over all the wrong details. Instead of noticing all the sexy and cool things that the vampires in the books do, they will focus on minutiae (“in chapter three, the author says the main character’s car is forest green, but in chapter eight, it’s more like lime!”).

Make no mistake, though. Vampires are dangerous. Given the chance, they will come into your house and talk to you—about obscure literary theories, the history of the tractor, the taxation system in ancient Mesopotamia—whatever takes their fancy. Because they don’t need to breathe, they can talk and talk and talk until you die. And then they eat you.

Real vampires are socially awkward.


No, of course not.


Why does anyone do anything? Here is a picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, as carved from a 2,000 pound block of cheese. Why did someone do this? I HAVE NO IDEA. I mean . . . what do you do with it? Do you eat it? Do you just keep it around until it molds? Do you keep it in a refrigerated unit forever? This kind of thing keeps me up at night and makes me feel like I don’t understand anything. It also really makes me hungry for a cracker. Do you see what I mean? DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN???

One of life’s wonders.


As more or less everyone knows by now, whether they’ve ever read the books or not . . . Bella and Edward get married. Edward is 17 by way of 80 (vampire years), and Bella is 18. Getting married at eighteen is a fairly shocking prospect these days, at least where I come from. How do you know if you’re ready? How do you know if the time is right?

I found this highly informative two-part video that will tell you everything you need to know about this question. Please watch it carefully.

If you want to continue learning, please watch the second half, in which more graphs are produced:


Thank you for asking! Yes I do. Not only is this shiny, but it is the best disco number of all time. I have personally just watched this twenty-five times in a row, and if I don't get one of those sparkle outfits, I will die. (If you look closely, you will notice that their microphones are color coordinated to their outfits. Oh, Abba. You and your constant perfection!)

Today’s Scarlett winner is kuri-skoldpadda. The summer of Scarlett giveaway is almost over, but not YET! So another book to another random commenter. Do you have any more book-related questions I can answer, about any books at all?

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Blogger Ally Jean said...

i loved breaking dawn, just finished it not too long ago.

i'm pretty sure whoever asked why bella's daughter's name is Renesemee didn't read the book haha

keep up the good work, the part about the cheese was brillant :)

10:01 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I came here(for the...third time today, all for strange, mysterious reasons I'm not sure of) to find out about what you thought of Mama Mia! then, I found this.
And what do I have to say about it?
But the question?
No one will ever know.
Thanks for being so awesome.

10:50 AM  
Blogger B. said...

why don't vampires go after people their own age? lol...

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the whole Jacob and Nessie thing... Really? That sucks. She's gonna live forever and Jacob isn't. I was kind of hoping for a J and Leah match. Oh well. What do you think of Jacob imprinting on Nessie?

10:57 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

Whoever was hoping for Jacob and Leah.... ME TOO!

Maureen, I'd like a book, please!

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's your favorite comfort book?

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha shiny.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Plucky the Dragon said...

If you were given the oppurtunity, would you become a vampire? Obviously it would be the cool, sexy Stephenie Meyer version and not the real-life ones.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and Maureen, I have this friend her name is Ada, and I love her, and she really really wants a copy of Suite Scarlett. It would be much appriciated! Especially considering I'm moving to another state to go to boarding school ion 3 days. And she might need something to distract her. I know I will. Leaving friends and family are the worst.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

Breaking Dawn killed my soul. I stayed up all night reading that book, and that is how I was repayed.

Question: Did you ever consider writing a book about Aliens that suck out people's brains while at the Olympics?

Please leave me out of the givaway, I have a copy.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Shiny outfits! I think the video would be a touch more jokes if the guys were wearing sequined suits, too. :)

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did Rosalie become nice?! She was SO much funner to hate when she was awful to Bella! Also, it needed more Jasper. All books need more Jasper.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you had to choose to become a pretty would you? Would you still if they still sucked out your brain (well not suck out but you know...)?

8:00 PM  
Blogger Kaitlyn said...

Thank you for clearing up all that for me. I did not know Vampire's were Socially awkward. I guess they all can't be Edward.

I still haven't gotten Breaking Dawn yet. It hasn't come yet in the mail. And I could have been first in line at borfers opening night. But I did not have money to buy the book. And my mommy said I only needed one.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Shooting Stars Mag said...

haha I love your posts. They are hilarious. and i'm much more sufficiently scared of vampires now..thank you.
and wow about the cheese. people do many odd things, i agree.

sadly, i do not have a question. everyone else has some awesomee ones though!!

New Stuff on the Blog. Come and Chat about ALL THINGS Entertainment.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, you haven't mentioned the author mansion in a while... Is anything happening there that we should know about?
and also, have you read How to Ditch Your Fairy, did you like it, and should I read it when it's released?

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a few questions and i typed this whole thing out and then my computer died so let me try this again.
1)Do you think that a reason edward is so persistant about getting married is because he is afriad that bella will find some one else that will put her life in less danger or do you think there is some other reason
2)do you think more of the book should have been in jacobs point of veiw because i know i would love to know what the packs were thinking when the vultri were there.
3)have you read the lord of the rings trilogy if so who was your faverite hobbit

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*gasp* BREAKING DAWN! YAAAAAYYYY!!! I love that series.

now, for questions. This is kind of book related, since you write YA books, but do you prefer to read adult fiction or YA? What is your favorite book?

10:14 PM  
Blogger Tabitha said...

Wow, I didn't know that vampires ran Wikipedia. It explains much...

Love your blog. Whenever I need to laugh out loud (in a good way), I come here. :)

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you feel about happy endings? Do you always want a happy ending to a book? Are you okay with just a kind of happy ending, or do you like tragic books?

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, you never fail to make me laugh whenever I visit your blog. Thanks for that ^^

Vampires are that boring, huh? Pity. Dracula seemed so cool.

10:37 PM  
Blogger MissPolitic said...

I think Renesmee was a pretty crappy name, but thats about the only thing I didn't like about Breaking Dawn. (though Bella should have been able to fly. That would've been awesome). (Also, the book needed more Emmett. All books need a little bit of Emmett Cullen).

But is this choice of a random commenter to win a copy of Suite Scarlett really random? Or do you just choose you're favorite comment and say its random? Will it help my chances by saying that I nearly died laughing while reading Suite Scarlett, and that Spencer is now one of my favorite literary figures of all time? Will it help to say that seeing Mamma Mia (the movie) has made me listen to my mother's ABBA's greatest hits cd over and over again? Because if saying all those things helps my chances of getting picked, then the selection is not really random. But saying all those things couldn't really hurt my chances.

11:22 PM  
Blogger di said...

i love stephenie meyer's work. i cant wait for midnight sun...

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, some of my questions are:
1. As an author of YA literature what do you think of YA authors that try to teach a lesson to their readers?
(for example, killing of characters so readers will learn about loss and suffering that it is inevitable etc.)
2. Do you agree with John Green that books are extremely overpriced?
3. What have you read lately?(Besides Breaking Dawn)

I loved Breaking Dawn by the way, and your theory about vampires makes me think that most of my professors at college are vampires ( they HAVE to be!)
I don't know if shamefully asking for a copy of suite scarlet constitutes as part of your process of choosing or eliminations but..um..*hint* *hint* :)I want one!

12:15 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I actually really liked Breaking Dawn, even though it got a lot of bad reviews on Amazon.

What's your next book going to be about?

12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, your insights are magnificent, as always.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I has book question!

in The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, where does the Time Traveler go to the bathroom? do the Eloi have toilets?

this has been bugging me.

1:03 AM  
Blogger AT said...

Why do the commenters above me take these book questions so seriously? No one seems to appreciate the ABBA. I was listening to "Honey Honey" while reading this blog post.
Why hasn't there been an ABBA-inspired novel in which the main characters wear awesome fur coats in the snow and are practically perfect? Also, how do I get a straight guy to listen to ABBA? He admits his love of "Dancing Queen," and isn't that how we all start out?

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, I love you. I'm supposed to be sitting here working on my next book, but instead I'm reading your blog and thinking, I will never be as cool as Maureen, or as adept at finding pictures of cheese sculpture as she is. . . . Sigh.

1:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

In the book it says that Bella names her baby Renesmee as a mix between her mother, Renee, and Edward's "mother", Esme. It was a gesture of love to the baby's grandmothers.

1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those are quite the outfits. sparkles galore. i should get one for my friend for her birthday ...

anyway! breaking dawn was/is my favorite book out of the serious, for sure. i think the name Reneesme was reaal clever.

could you blog about what other YA author's books you have read? do any other YA author's writing styles influence you?


2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the REAL Edward only hired a stunningly handsome actor to play him in the books. Bella did not fall in love with Edward, she fell in love with an actor pretending to be Edward. A shiny actor. While Edward is updates his blog all day, the actor is wooing Bella.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll never learn. I always think that I can spot a spoiler from great distance magically before I actually read it. That has never worked, why would it have worked now?

Yeah, I got spoiled. Not much, but enough. You did warn me, but did I listen? *sigh*

I'll survive. Thinking about vampires, those poor creatures who have been doomed to eternal boredom... My problems look small.

Oh, and I have a book related question for you! In Looking for Alaska by John Green, what does that "great perhaps" -thing mean? Am I just too stupid to understand it? ^^'

And I have another question, too. I don't have much money, so I can't afford to buy more than one of your books right now. I already have the Suite Scarlett you sent me. Which one of the rest would you recommend for me?

3:08 AM  
Blogger Shannen said...

Actually MJ I carved that giant block of cheese as a gift to all of the Ravenclaws with nut allergies. Just because they've been cursed by Alan's captor doesn't mean they can't live it up a litte. That and they're history buffs... hence the subject matter of the dairy art.

5:02 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Soooooo, random questions about book related things!: Do you like Neil Gaiman? If not, why? If so, what do you think a dinner would be like with Neil and you and a vampire? Or a werewolf? Or the Creature from the Black Lagoon? Do you think Neil Gaiman is real? Do you think that you are real? How is J.K. Rowling?

5:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maureen,
I'd LOOOOVE a copy of Suite Scarlett which I, alas, cannot buy since I have no more graduation money after spending it all on about 10 other books two of which you wrote (13 Little Blue Envelopes and Girl at Sea). Plus I have only won one thing in my entire life and that was an origami book from my local library. Needless to say my excitement at winning a book was squashed when I recieved a book I had absolutely no use for, since I am completely inept at origami (and find it incredibly boring, sorry to those of you who enjoy it!) SO I would absolutely love a copy, sorry that was so long :)

7:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

*ABBA fangirl squee* They never FTBA. I saw a book about them at the book store a few days ago and I thought of you.

I have a question. I just noticed that on the cover of The Bermudez Triangle, the 'M' in 'Bermudez' and the 'A' in 'Triangle' are both a little out of line. Does that have anything to do with Mel and Avery, or is it just a coincidence?

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahahaha. Breaking Dawn disappointed me so much. But I feel better after reading your blog.

My bookish/authorish/literaturish questions:
1)Do you think books suffer or are benefited by being turned into movies? Provide examples if you so wish.
2)Has the fan reaction to Breaking Dawn frightened you, as a YA author?

To all the commenters explaining how Renesemee was picked: Yes, we do actually understand that Renee+Esme+blow to the head= Renesemee. We get the complex scientific equation to how it was created. What we fail to understand is why, WHY, anyone would really bestow that horrid moniker to an actual, sentient being with feelings. If my parents used that principal naming me, I'd be Nanaine Raylie. Or Lorrancy Charmond. Clearly, this is a bad equation that ought to be avoided at all costs.

MJ, if one of your book characters ever gets demonically, impossibly pregnant or you write in an epilogue describing the adult lives of your characters and their kids before they board the train to school, can you promise me that you will get outsider advice as to what the children's names should be? Please, please, promise me this.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I'm so glad you decided to blog about Breaking Dawn--I was so disappointed by Breaking Dawn but your post cheered me up somewhat.

1) Have you read any awesome YA books lately?

2) If vampires are so mundane, and werewolves don't exist, then what about faeries?

3) This isn't so much a question as a request, or an idea, I guess. Would you blog about who would be cast in what book you've written for the main characters? I'm very curious to know for some reason. Especially for Suite Scarlet and Devilish

9:14 AM  
Blogger My Honest Truth said...

I love your veiw on vampires. I always picture them like the ones on Buffy who steal from the blood bank and are driven by their lust for blood or world domination.

I just want to know what you think of "Paper Towns". Yes, I am that impatient and I know that since you are such a secret sister you will have all the inside hints. Either that, of the EBO.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I loved Breaking Dawn!! It was not what i expected, ut still good. What do you think of Tamora Pierce? Are you reading catcher in the Rye? What is your opinion about it? Do you have anymore sparklies?

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mystery Science Theater 3000! Ah, I used to love watching that show. Sadly, they don't run it anymore.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. i love how people here assume that you've read breaking dawn. seriously. have you noticed? nowhere in your post does it say you've read any of the books, but everyone assumes you have.

2. i would also love to win a copy of suite scarlett. like a commenter above me, i never win anything. i didn't even win bingo at my senior all night party. actually, i didn't win anything at my senior all night party at all except a game of ping pong, for which there was no prize. and a tarot card reader told me i was going to be unlucky in love. in all, i'd say the night wasn't entirely awesome, though i did succeed in getting my paper airplane stuck in the basketball hoop of the gym. this was during the whoever-gets-their-paper-plane-closest-to-the-nose-of-the-pirate-on-the-gym-floor-wins-a-prize game (yes, this is a true story). needless to say, i didn't win that either, though i did win lots of laughs.

3. gosh i love abba. abba soothes my stressed out soul!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have you still not seen stephenie meyer in the YA mansion???? does the mansion still exist????

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, Breaking Dawn is amazing. So amazing, in fact, that it can make me speak in text speak...OMG.

The Sweet Far Thing Question...why do you think Libba Bray killed off Kartik? I was hoping he could forever live with Gemma.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question- If you could live your real life (forever or only for a time) as any character in a YA/children's book, who would you be and why? (You can exclude your own books if that would feel like you were playing favorites.)

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maureen, if you can get me a kitchen floor that looks like the one they are dancing on, i will get you one of their sparkly outfits :D

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, I just saw this book trailer and thought of you... it's a must-see! (there are zombies)

Also, I love the dance the dancers do in the ABBA video - is the reason(one of them, anyway)you watched that video 25 times because you were learning it? Will you come teach it to my teens?


Amy the Librarian

1:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does belle complail throuout the whole series because i read the first half of twilight but had to stop because i couldnt stand her complaining for ever. maybe its just me because i cant stand it when anyone complains (not even myself) but really, does she?

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will you make a "question tuesday" video like john does? that would be super JOKES.

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question about the covers for Girl at Sea. Why on the hardcover is the girl (who I'm assuming is Clio) wearing a tank top over a bathing suit and then for the paperback she's wearing jeans and a tank top? Why the change? ( Also for Devilish. Why the white to yellow?)

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Maureen. I thought your part about vampires being socially awkward was fantastic. I loved that.

I would like a book. I know we all would.

In an interview, John Green stated that he didn't care as much about "who ends up with who" as much as he cares about deeper ideas such as spirituality, which is one thing he tries to put into his books. Do you feel that romance can have a deeper meaning than mere entertainment, and what ideas or messages do you try to put into your books, you feel?

Nuwon Wearspants

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a question. Do you think that Clary and Jace are really related?

11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question about one of your books :)
In 'Girl at Sea', Aidan says that the Great Pyramid marks the exact center of the world. But since Earth is round, it doesn't have a center, right?

1:38 AM  
Blogger Sarah Burton said...

*laughs* that pretty much covered all the really important points from Breaking Dawn.

On the note of other book related questions, why do schools somehow pick the most boring books possible to make students read? dont they realize that its hard to discuss irony in something that you fell asleep trying to read?

7:48 AM  
Blogger Lauren! said...

Hmmm...Why does Lanalee like cupcakes so much?
Why do people make cheese statues that may or may not be named Renesmee?
Why doesnt Zac Efron ever return the hamsters that he borrowed?

These are the mysteries in life.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I totally get it now:

1. Vampires owe Stephenie Meyer a big thanks for making them way less boring than in real life.

2. Breaking Dawn would have been better with ABBA in it.

Thank you, Maureen. ;)

5:40 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You are a techno guru - as evidenced by the videos and cool colors on your blog. What is your opinion of Little Brother by Cory Doctorow?

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, thank you so much for sharing this with me!

I was walking by the neighbor's house last night and I swear I saw an extremely attractive vampire sitting on the couch drinking something red out of a package-- blood, of course!

Seriously: How did you feel about the pedophile (cough) *scribble* Werewolf, Jacob, imprinting on his ex-love's (aka. Bella, the girl he gushed over for his entire POV and made out with in the other books-- and imagined naked) daughter?

I thought this book was hilarious. Oh the lulz!


8:00 PM  
Blogger Carrie Harris said...

I haven't gotten past Twilight. Am I the only person in the world like this? Bad Carrie. No biscuit.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought the Declaration of Independence could look so tasty.

I knew vampires run Wikipedia! I knew it all along!

A copy of Suite Scarlet would totally be awesome... :)

9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the chance, they will come into your house and talk to you—about obscure literary theories, the history of the tractor, the taxation system in ancient Mesopotamia—whatever takes their fancy.

Dude. You told me the taxation system in ancient Mesopotamia was interesting. I asked if you were bored, and you said no, and you went right on knitting that sweater for E. Lockhart's cat.

Seriously. You've really hurt my feelings, Maureen. I mean, yes, I do mostly sit around the house in my jammies and blog (oh, and thanks for slamming my blog, too!), but I didn't think you'd hit me below the belt like that.

By the way, commenters: Please remember to donate blood to your local Red Cross!

PS. I wasn't going to eat you, Maureen. I just wanted to take a little bite, is all.

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh...I do not need the image of vampires in their underwater. So uncool.

I have a book-related question for you: my younger brother, about 15 years old, hates to read. I want to change that. What books would you recommend? He's very into video games (Mario, Sonic, and Grand Theft Auto are a few examples of the games he enjoys), if that helps.

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AHHHH! I haven't read breaking dawn yet but i so want to!
Hey MJ have you seen Mamma Mia! I saw and my mom bought the soundtrack! I loved it and now I cannot stop listening to ABBA songs! :o)

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thx for clearing up that whole vamp mystery. It explains so much, really.

When will you and Libba Bray be posting more video spoofs? If you put your heads together, you two could blow Breaking Dawn completely out of the stratosphere!

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished Breaking Dawn and i loved it! i really hope its not the end of the series.. Vamps make so much sence now thanks 4 explaining.. a book would be great :)

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Maureen:

I just wanted to say that I am an avid reader of your blog; and, also, a vampire. I would like to know if I could come to your house one day and discuss obscure literary theories. I promise I won't eat you.

Sincerely, Hayley

8:10 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Since you mentioned it: What do you think about "a brief history of the tractor in Ukrainian" ? And what's the best ABBA song of all times?

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually wanted to know what you REALLY thought of Breaking Dawn. It was really bad. Ruined the whole series.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



what? save lifes? LIES

12:01 PM  
Blogger Lauren Elizabeth said...

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8:58 PM  
Blogger Lauren Elizabeth said...

A Vampire, a Zombie, and a Pirate. You have to marry one, sleep with one, and throw one off a cliff. Who do you choose?

9:01 PM  
Blogger Carrie Harris said...

Yeah, I commented once already, but I couldn't resist this. I heard on the radio this morning that John McCain's favorite song is "Dancing Queen." And I immediately thought of you. Don't you feel special?

11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which character would you have been in Lord of the Flies?
Perhaps you haven't read it.
Hmm....this could be an unanswerable question then.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Sarah Woodard said...

I liked Breaking Dawn till the end. I wanted a bloody battle with the Voultira(sp) though.
Any Book reccomendations?
What books are you excited for?

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today was the first lesson of the compulsory music course in upper secondary school. You know what we did? WE SANG AND LISTENED TO AND LEARNED ABOUT AND WROTE ABOUT ABBA! All lesson was about Abba, and a little bit about the musicals Benny and Björn have done after Abba. We sang Money Money Money, and Mamma Mia, and SOS, and the teacher really tried to make sure that we know everything about them.

Now I know that Finnish education is the best in the world. Everyone HAS to take that music course. They won't graduate without it. And what is so very important that everyone has to know about it? Abba, of course!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

that was the best blog entry i've ever read. no, really, it was witty, fun, informative, and certainly would qualify for a current events project.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Is Jane Jarvis in love with Ally? Or, was she before she met Elton? And did you purposely make the names Elton and Owen complement each other?

Also, you're the only rhetoric major I've ever heard of. I don't feel so weird anymore!

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Twilight series sure are a conversation starter - people can moan or squeal about it for ages. And it can be fun, going either way ;)

1:23 PM  
Blogger Jayme said...

yay for breaking dawn! twilight has to be one of the best series ever! have any favorite series yourself?

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hrm. Interesting . . . I guess. I've never read Twilight so I don't know more about it than I've read in chat rooms. I hear that a lot of people didn't like the end of Breaking Dawn though, and so a lot of people returned it to their bookstores. I don't think that there is any area of this situation that doesn't suck. Readers get a bad (ish?) book, bookstores don't get any money, and Stephanie Meyer, who has put so much time and effort into this series, gets negative feedback. Do you think this hurts more or less than having a book banned? How do authors deal with negative feedback? Your books are like your children, aren't they?

Oh right, I would like a copy of Suite Scarlett (or whatever else you're giving away).

Another/more book question/s: how much paper is used/wasted writing a book?

Which is your favorite of the books you've written?

Of the books you've read?

Do you use the Oxford Comma?

One space after periods, or two?

9:08 PM  
Blogger K-la said...

OK So I didn't read any of the above commments because I was afraid of super mega spoilers. I just got Breaking Dawn from my friend and I love the beggining! I would love to have a wedding like that. I feel horrible for Jacob becuase hes so I don't know "Jacob" I hope things work out for him because it breaks my heart to see him so sad.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very very veryvery much for the MST3K references.
Made of win.

And I must admit I enjoyed Breaking Dawn, despite its crack-tastic plot points, and the fact that she named her baby Renesmee (I will say right now I hated that name). It may not be fantastic fictional spinnery, but it sure was entertaining.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Shausto-la said...

MJ, I have to say I think you post the best videos in the history of the blogosphere.
Book related questions? here's one.
Do you think the Twilight Saga is anti-feminist? There has actually been a good amount of arguing over this issue lately.

Also, what are your thoughts on rabid fans?
Personally, I love them, mostly because I am a rabid fan. I just don't understand why other normal people are scared of us...

11:38 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This post wins at awesome.

9:48 PM  

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