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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 1:29 pm    Post subject: News Reply with quote

so i thought that there was a Stephenie news but i guess there isn't..

but anyway there is a contest well a bunch of contests but this one is put on by www.stepheniemeyer.com

so be sure to check them out!
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Be sure to check-out the comic section of your local paper starting next Monday, October 22nd — Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts comic is doing a week long Twilight-inspired Halloween strip about a bat named Edward and a bird named Bella!



This comic isn't in my paper but if its in yours lucky you!

The artist will post them on his website on nov 5. www.muttscomics.com
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



here is the first comic... i nicked it off of a friends facebook profile.. i have no clue where she got it from
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ha! i love "we can do take out"!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooo I get those comics with the Sunday paper! We probably won't get this special edition though..

And I love the take out line as well..
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote




oh isn't it so true
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahahah, goddamn that is so true.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that supposed to be Stephenie or Bella?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephanie, I'm pretty sure.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephenie, I think

But damn, that comic got it right.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Stephenie's site:

Stephenie Meyer: A New JK Rowling?

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1734838,00.html

I mostly posted this for Izzy because I know we talked about it in another thread.
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Argh, I wrote a reply to this a few days ago and seems to not have come through...
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stephenie Meyer is officially POPULAR in Australia. She's finally on the bestseller lists (#8 and #10 for Twilight and New Moon respectively)

Only about 3 years late, but hey, I think we're getting better. hehe
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's getting too popular, I feel swamped in the Twilight obsession.



I like this picture!

I agree with the article Ash posted, J.K. Rowling's writing has always been good. Stephenie's has got noticeably better throughout her writing, Twilight was cluttered with descriptions, I think there's a large portion of the book whcih is just made up of description. The last few chapters are where the action starts to happen, mainly it's all description.

Also, the characters are no way near as likeable as the Harry Potter books. Edward is no Harry, Bella is no Hermione, etc. etc. It's amazing that she wrote the book in three months (that's the time period - right?) but she's pretty amateur-ish compared to Rowling. Her writing isn't as good.
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J K Rowling's writing is crap. Sorry, but.. It is pretty crap. I mean, she got better but.. It was more the world that she created the enthralls me.. Not so much her 'talent'.
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always maintained that J.K. Rowling's writing wasn't all that flash. I mean, even I could have written better than her. The only difference is, she was the one who made up the world of Harry Potter that fascinated everyone. Seriously, how legendary is Hogwarts? It's just something that ranks way up there.

And oh my god Izzy, I feel like the Twilight obsession is reaching ridiculous heights, and it hasn't even peaked yet! And it's made worse by the fact that people CARRY. THE. BOOK. EVERYWHERE. They carry it in their hands wherever they go, and it's ridiculous. Why not put it in that giant bag on your back? Because when you carry it in your hands, other people notice what you're reading. And then other people walk up to you and say:

"Have you been bitten too?"

I ACTUALLY WITNESSED THAT.
A total stranger walks up to another stranger and says that. It's insane. Of course, my response wasn't any less insane. I was just a bystander, but I actually--get this--clapped my hand over my mouth in what could only have been my horrified expression and said, "You did not just say that." I didn't even wait for them to respond. I just walked away in abject horror.
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but the difference between J.K. Rowling is that her writing is so much easier to read, Meyer tends to use the same descriptive words, describes way too much and barely leaves any space for character development and plot. Read description-cluttered Twilight and the slightly better New Moon and compare those to, let's say, The Goblet of Fire and The Order of the Pheonix and it's obvious who's better. Even comparing to The Philosopher Stone, Twilight is way worse. And if you could have written better than J.K, then you definitely could have written better than Stephenie.

Haha, "Have you bitten too?", are you serious? But everywhere you go--especially places like bus-stops and shopping centres--you will see people reading Twilight, Eclipse or New Moon, it's sort of scary. Harry Potter wasn't that bad, was it? And even if it was extremely popular it wasn't as popular in the scary way Twilight is.
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

J.K. Rowling meticulously plans out her stories, and that seems to fit with why you like her writing more than Stephenie's (who will just describe something... and then keep on describing it. hehe).

I think the plotline of Twilight was obviously the work of a first time author. The added tension of James towards the end seemed thrown in at the last minute, and it didn't meld well with the sloooow relationship between Bella and Edward for the main part of the book. But that's just how Stephenie works. She didn't plan out Twilight like J.K. Rowling would have planned out her own novels, and it showed. But Stephenie's talent in creative writing surpasses Rowling's.

Yes, I am completely serious about the "bitten" thing. It's why I was shocked into my reply. I mean... what in the world?! The way the person said it was so casual and "Oh la di da, is that a person reading Twilight? My god, they've been bitten too!" I've definitely read things along that line before, but I've never heard anyone SAY it.

Harry Potter was never this scary, as far as I remember. I think people just like the cover art of the Twilight series. Because seriously, who would have thought it was "hip" and "cool" to be carrying around a mammoth HP book with a, let's face it, ugly cover. Especially the last book. Oh god, the cover art for HP7 was hideous.
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... I'm kind of used to it now. HP7 cover, I mean. If you kind of just.. tear it apart (not literally.. yikes!) and work out all the little bits from the story that are in there.. Well, from that one scene at Gringotts. Okay, yeah, it sucks. Haha.

I used to carry the books around with me. Ah, who am I kidding, I still do. But thats because I do this funny thing and read them. Cha, I know. Actually READ a book that I'm holding. I'm used to getting odd looks from people. I mean, Harry Potter isn't THAT embarassing.. is it? I think people just think I'm too old to like it. Whatever. I ain't ashamed. As if I could hide how loserish I am. Even if I tried, I'd fail. I'd probably end up looking like more of a loser.

Although, still not as loserish as that stupid stranger who said that! Gah! Ammy, your reaction was absolutely PERFECT. Brilliant. God, such a kodak moment. Hehehe.

Its funny how people say Meyer's writing is so good. But then, its obvious to see who actually reads and who is caught up in the fandom. People who read know that Meyer's writing ain't that special. Then again, at least she is getting more people into reading. Even if its just to make them seem cool or something.. They are reading. And this [Twilight] might influence them to perhaps MAYBE pick up a different book and read.

People these days just don't read. I mean, you look at what were considered 'Children's Books' say, fifty years ago. Then look at what are 'Children's Books' today. I mean, all those classics that were originally written for kids.. and now teenagers struggle with them. Like Treasure Island. Could you imagine an average kid reading that today? No. They'd have some large font 20-page book about some kid who did sport that day at school. Lame. We can't really blame the kids, I guess. Its the culture they're brought up in. ... How did I get onto this speel? God, someone really needs to tranquilize me or something when I start to rant.

Oh, and Harry was never like this. Harry Potter was .. well, a hit. Awesome. People love it. Twilight is more of a cult hit. Even though its so well known and popular, people are really obsessing.. but not in a Harry-obsessing way. It just feels so fake and show-y. This Twilight obsessing. Compared to Harry obsessing, anyway.

Okay. Rant over. Really.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

J.K. Rowling's better at dialogue though, Stephenie just describes and describes. Like this:

Staring into his luminuous eyes, I could feel my heart begin to flutter. I breathed in and out, "Edward..." I pressed, "let me feel your hand..." I tried to keep my breath steady, but my voice croaked, giving away my innermost thoughts.

Edward smiled slightly, a flicker of the expression over his face. However he didn't reply, he just stood there--stone-like, perfect, immaculate. I felt a flush blossom over my face and looked down, instantly embarassed. Then suddenly--to my shock--he pushed his hand in mine.

It was cold and hard, I couldn't help but open my mouth in shock, a look of wonderment and amazement passing through my gaze. I held it in my hand for a few seconds before he quickly pulled it away, his pleasant, amber eyes, smoldering with intensity... "Enough," his smooth, honey-like voice echoed.

But I barely registered what he had said, I could still feel his hand in mine. Cold, stony, perfect. I blinked slightly and flushed again when I realised he was looking at me, a crooked smile and his stunning, angelic face struggling to hide back a smirk.

More embarassment flooded through me, as well as panic. Suddenly my heard was beating faster, I blushed again, deeper this time. I suddenly realised I couldn't face him anymore. I gulped slowly and kept lookingat the ground.

"Bella?" his voice was perfect, mesmerising. I knew his eyes would convey even more smoldering emotion than his voice could give away, so I didn't look.

I glared at the ground and began to walk away.

Fine, maybe not so much like that. Maybe not at all, but I just decided to have a go... hmm. But anyway, Meyer seems to have a sort of tendency to describe. J.K. Rowling seems to be a more "all-rounder" sort of writer, she can write dialogue and description and plot--the whole lot.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahahaha,.. Wow, Izzy. You did a pretty awesome job at that.. It DOES sound like her writing.. Haha
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought you were quoting from the book for the first few sentences, but then you took a different turn. haha. But that IS how she writes. I think Stephenie got better in the later books, so it's all good (mostly). She still describes things a lot compared to J.K. Rowling, but they're two different authors with two different styles.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still, Stephenie is no way near high-up in the writing ranks to be fairly compared to Stephenie... even popularity-wise someone who's sold 3.5 million books (mainly in north-America) and someone who's sold almost 400 million books (world-wide), it's like comparing Michelle Williams to Elizabeth Taylor or Heath Ledger to Daniel Day-Lewis. Stephenie should be compared to someone like Cassandra Clare (City of Bones). If I had to name someone as the next J.K. Rowling, it would be Holly Black.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cassandra Clare is not well-known enough to be compared to Stephenie. I don't know about Australia, but I don't know many people who know about her here. It's hard to compare Stephenie to anyone really...mostly because she does not have the massive numbers that JK has (although JK has had 7 books compared to Stephenies) but the Twilight fandom grew faster and is a huge obsession, more globally than you give it credit for.

It's quite unprecedented. I don't like comparing her to JK because it is different.
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Writing-wise though, Clare and Meyer are very similar. They have the same writing styles. Meyer has that whole fandom thing going and Clare had over 700 people subscribing to her Harry Potter fanfiction per month - that's huge, especially for a fanfiction author.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

but commercially she has not matched stephenie, which makes the comparison unequal again.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm... what about Holly Black?

Holly Black - Spiderwick Chronicles (#01 New York Times Bestseller) I think it was.

Stephenie Meyer - Twilight (#01 New York Times Bestseller)

or, what about:

Emily Rodda - Deltora Quest (International Best Selling series)

Stephenie Meyer - The Twilight Saga (International Best Selling series)

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Still doesn't add up though, neither of those authors have huge fanbases.
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