Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening

Terrible.

Maybe it's the fact that I just finished a Bill Bryson book. Maybe it's that I listened to the audiobook (complete with horrendous accents). Whatever the case, The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening is the worst book I've read this year.

I enjoy supernatural lit, but L.J. Smith's version (published in 1991), has nothing to give it distinction in the field. Elena, the popular protagonist, is unlikable and unkind to everyone around her. It is impossible to read this novel without thinking of Twilight. The mysterious vampire, the love triangle, the friends that just don't understand. Sullen and wimpy as she could be, Bella Swan was a relatable protagonist who did not deliberately set out to hurt her classmates. Elena's initial attraction to Stefan, the dangerous new vampire in town, was strictly to show her classmates that she could get anything she wanted.

Young adult novels are getting harder and harder to come by in South Korea...a message to everyone out there who has reading options: don't pick this!

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