Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I'd Forgotten. . .

* How hard it is to keep from eating brownies all day long when your weight keeps going down anyway.

Now I remember:  It's extremely hard.

* How interesting Twilight* is, and exactly how lusty it is.

Now I remember:  It's quite interesting and far more lusty(sensual?) than I'd like it to be.( I prefer the butterflies in my stomach brought on by romance in a novel to be based a lot less on physical proximity of the two lovers, and a lot more on more meaningful interactions, as in Victorian romances.) (Evie can read this when she's 25.  Okay, maybe when she's 18.  Maybe.  Victorian novels she could read tomorrow, should she so desire.)

--This post is in no way meant to be a summary of my thoughts about the book Twilight or any type of review.  Oh no, no.  I would need to say faaaaaar more than you see here.  I'm reading it for the second time as I received Breaking Dawn for Christmas and decided to re-read the series before breaking into Breaking Dawn.  Plus I'm taking Greg to see the movie in a couple of weeks and I want to be able to compare it to the book, and I read it over a year ago and have a terribly awful memory when it comes to books that I read more than three days ago.

26 comments:

CaJoh said...

My grandfather used to re-read books from time to time because he said he always forgot how they went. He was an avid Cowboy book fan. I typically do not re-read books— but I may now that I'm sure it will be more enjoyable the second time round.

Kaylynn said...

I'm a big Jacob fan because I think their love is based on so much more than the physical.

Melissa said...

I agree that Twilight (and its successors) is way too lusty. I don't want my girls reading it until they're married!

Thora said...

I agree on the lustiness aspect. Not because I can't appreciate physical attraction, but this often takes it over the top in description (I too love Victorian novels, and their meaningful interactions).

I am horrible at remembering the plots of books - Avram teases me about it, because even if I liked the book I'll often have no clear memory of what happened in it. I blame all those college classes where I studied for the final and then forgot it all right afterwards - too much practice using my short term memory, and now thats all I have.

(I'm nursing, and weight loss is really, really easy for me right now. which also makes healthy eating habits a lot hardy. I keep trying to remind myself of how much more energy I have when I eat healthy. It didn't work this weekend, when Avram and I and Lydia finished off a whole peanut butter and chocolate pie....

McEwens said...

I will be interested in YOUR thoughts on the movie. Really interested.

I love brownies!!

Lara said...

I would like to know your secret for eating brownies all day long and still losing weight. I want to go on that diet!

I heartily agree about Twilight. My daughters are not allowed to read it until they go to college. And some of my 8 year old's friends HAVE ALREADY READ IT! Boggles my mind.

Barbaloot said...

You think it's hard to not eat brownies when you're losing weight...try not eating when you're gaining weight:)

I'm excited to hear your thoughts on the Twilight movie, as well as Breaking Dawn.

MelancholySmile said...

And how is it that you can eat brownies and not gain weight? Lucky, lucky girl. My willpower would be nil in that case as well. :)

Gwen said...

My friend took her husband (who happens to be a psychologist and supremely hyper-analytical) to see the movie and to say he hated it was probably an understatement. He said there were 3 men in the theater and when he yawned one laughed and the other muttered, "I'm with you brother". it was pretty funny. He also thought that there was a pedophilia aspect to Edward (being that he's mentally much older and going for a teenager) but I almost was killed for mentioning this with some diehard Twilight fans. I know there are some appealing aspects to Edward but it is interesting to think about it in a different way. :-)

Becky said...

I agree with your Twilight analysis! And also, I'm gonna need the secret to brownie eating minus the weight gain. Thanks so much.

P.S. Any idea why I don't get email notification of your comments anymore? It's freakin' me out!

Kimberly said...

I second the 25...maybe 18 analysis!

Erin said...

I'm with you - after I close a book, sometimes I can't even remember the name of the main character!

Bebe said...

ok--who cares about Twilight? How do you eat brownies and lose weight? That's the important part of the post!

wendy said...

Guess I won't tell you then about Breaking Dawn. (I won't I want to, but I won't) I haven't seen the Twighlight movie yet. And if you would be so kind PLEASE PASS ON THE SECRET FOR EATING BROWNIES AND LOOSING WEIGHT. I'll pay you.

Me plus 3 Hecks said...

Um, if you think the previous books are lusty, I suggest taking Breaking Dawn back. Now.

I actually found it quite refreshing that an LDS author would talk about such feelings in a realistic way. I also think some of it could have been left to the reader's imagination (you know Jane Austen is my favorite author), but I wasn't bothered by it. As a wannabe writer myself, I understood that she wanted to stay true to her character (Bella), whose mind we are supposed to be inside. And really, if she were inside a teen girl's mind, well, it could have been worse. AND I think it's a joke that it's intended for a "youth" audience. I definitely think it's more suited for married women.

If you read Breaking Dawn, beware. My friend's bishop told the congregation FROM THE PULPIT that it was "pornographic" (not true) and to stop reading it. WOW. I disagree with this assessment wholeheartedly, while recognizing it as more risque than my average read. I felt that it was done tastefully and realistically from an adult woman (Meyer) who is married. If a teen were reading it with all those raging hormones yet unfulfilled, well, I think that's a different story. And not recommended. And I could say so much more. But won't. Good luck and good night.

Heather of the EO said...

When I posted on Twilight after opening night, when I saw the movie, I said "WOW. That's all I'm going to say."

People took that in different ways. I'm so curious to see what you think. (:

Liz said...

I read a really interesting critic on the last book the other day - I'll send it your way if you are interested. I haven't read them myself, but I am already disappointed in what I have heard of Breaking Dawn. I would say at least 85 for Evie - hah!

Heather said...

I am totally confused about that brownie thing. Are you saying that you are loosing weight and eating brownies all day? . . .and you think you should stop eating the brownies because. . . ? The only thing I see wrong with eating any form of chocolate is that I can't loose weight while doing it, so if you can loose weight, and eat brownies all day, what is the problem? That would be my ideal.

About Twilight, I think the first book was more lusty than the next one, I had to like skip parts, just cuz I wanted to get on with the story.

Alison Wonderland said...

I have nothing to add but um, Hi.

Beeswax said...

Tell me more about the brownies.

Erin said...

I once made low fat brownies and they were so blah. what is your secret?

Heidi Ashworth said...

I have to confess that I snuck over and read this on Tuesday but refrained from commenting since I was, indeed, sneaking around. I wish I was back in the days when brownies did not make me gain weight. sigh

Moody said...

If your weight is going down then I say just keep eating those brownies! And yes, lusty, lusty Twilight...

charrette said...

Wait a minute? You're losing weight eating brownies all day long? Do tell!

No comment on Twilight. I read it. Once. No sequels. No movie. (But my daughter is hooked, just like every other teenage girl!)

Kazzy said...

I always remember the feelings I had when I read a book, but I often forget plot twists and turns. Weird. And I need to know how the brownie thing works!

Anne said...

Just remember when you watch the movie that they did a lot of lumping. Feelings or thoughts or every day occurences that you read throughout the book are many times lumped into one scene. Once I got over that I was fine.