Monday, April 25, 2011
The Sparkly Hurts the Eyes
During a recent read of The Greyfriar (see my review), which has vampires, I’ve got to say one thing about this book: The vampires are not sparkly...but it doesn’t help it ONE bit. I am shocked by the level of annoyance people exhibit towards the sparkly-phenomenon.
Vampires are a fictional monster. Fiction. As in not real. Therefore if someone wants to mess with the mythos. Go for it.
Were Meyer’s vampires unnaturally lucky in that they never really went toe-to-toe with anybody? Yeah. And that’s her greater failing that she didn’t put them to task, she didn’t risk her little pretties. It doesn’t matter that she made them sparkly. What she did, was she acted like they were made of delicate crystal and treated them too gently. Edward never mussed an eyebrow, despite the level of “danger” they supposedly faced.
Is there a lesson to learn here, beyond the surface? I think we can take away from this problem that you don’t take the easy route when you put your characters through the paces—whether it is the action, romance, or whatever. Make them real challenges with real consequences. Otherwise it’s just as bad as a Hollywood flick where the good guy wades through a blizzard of bullets and comes out unscathed. Are these fun to watch? Sometimes, but they lack the punch of something truly great. Risk everything and gain so much more.