Friday, April 2, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner [You're The Expert]

Okay, so, June 5th brings us THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER by Stephenie Meyer, an Eclipse Novella.  One dollar from each book sale is going to be donated to The American Red Cross.

I honestly don't remember Bree Tanner from Eclipse the first time, second time, or third time I listened to the audiobook. Do you? I mean, I know I didn't actually flip pages and read the book, but it seems like Bree Tanner, who, from what I've read, seems to be a newborn vamp who runs an army attacking Bella and her crew, was a pretty minor character.  But I preordered the book anyway.

What do you guys think about this? Are you Twilighted out yet? Is it cool that she's expanding the world and moving into a new place with this novella? Will you buy it? Will you read it?

Now, here's the sort of catch 22 I'm feeling (and I'm wondering if you're feeling the same way): I feel like since I listened to Twilight and its sequels, I've found a lot more stories (read: Wicked Lovely, Gallagher Girls, I could go on) that I'm just way more in love with than I am with Twilight and that world. BUT, and this is a big but (notice the all caps?), I wonder if one can truly be able to converse and seem reliable to others while recommending books if you're not up with the latest in the overpopular Twilight trends? What do you think about that aspect? Do you think as a book lover/active member of the YA book community you have a responsibility of sorts to keep up on Twilight? 'Cause at this point, I think that's where I lie on the issue. I feel like it's a responsibility. You guys tell me though. {and leave your alias and the birthday giveaway in parentheses after your comment that you want 3 extra entries for ex: blah blah blah Twilight blah blah blahtiblah (I Heart Monster, The Life of Glass)}


L.J. Boldyrev said...

I didn't remember her so I looked it up. She was killed by the Volturi, even though she surrendered. I still don't remember her.

I was never a Twihard from the beginning. I enjoyed the books, the film was so-so (Jacob is mad hot in New Moon). I'll buy this and I'll read it because I'm a book lover and I can't deny Twilight has secured it's place in the book world for good. And I am slightly OCD when it comes to books and I have to have the whole series/collection.

I love your blog, and because Twilight is so popular I do think it's nice that you let everyone know about the new book, even if you aren't all that in to it. You're thinking about your readers and their unexplainable addition to all things Twilight. It's why we love you.

elizabeth said...

I don't feel like it's a responsibility, but that is probably because I really enjoy the Twilight saga. Unlike most, I actually do remember Bree. I've read the books so many times that I would be disappointed in myself if I didn't remember her. (elizabeth, FIRST IN A SERIES SIX PACK)

Laurel said...

I think at one time as a YA reader, it was important to know all things Twilight. However, I think that Twilight opened the door to a lot more fiction that has become really popular--Cassandra Clare and her Mortal Instruments series, etc. have moved YA lit past Twilight. I think it's important to be aware, but maybe not to the extent that it was three years ago.

AtenRa said...

Loved the books, even though I know that the writing was not good, but I kept reading like there was no tomorrow, regardless.
Don't like the movies, very amateurish.
Of course you don't HAVE to like Twilight or anything that has to do with it , to consider yourself a YA book lover.Quite the contrary.That's why you have a book blog.To express you personal opinion to whoever wants to hear it.If they agree with you it's fine, if they don't it's fine also.Otherwise, there would only be one voice and everyone else would agree.However, as L.J.Boldyrev said, it's great that you're mentioning about the new book, even though you're not into it,because maybe a big part of your followers are into it and they would like to know about it.
I felt exactly the same a couple of months ago, when I found out everyone loved a supernatural book series that I didn't.I started thinking that maybe there was something wrong me, or that I would have to say I liked it just to get along with everyone.But then I decided that it's my opinion and there's nothing I or anyone else can do about it.
(Atenra, Kiss Of Death)

Chloe said...

I loved the books; the movies took away from the whole thing a little bit for me. I'm sure I'll be buying this one. Hmm.. I don't feel like it's really a RESPONSIBILITY to keep up with Twilight, but I feel like it's kind of inevitable. News of the saga, when there is any, is INSANELY promoted. Whether you love it or hate it, you're going to know what's going on with it.

(Chloe, Crescendo) :D

Shy said...

I like the books and to be honest, this was the series that made me fall in love in anything YA. And I think I've seen more teenagers reading books in my country ever since they heard about Twilight (Yes, I'm being serious here). I'm definitely not a Twihard but I'll still read it just because I love books and I think I'll be itched to read it once I heard everyone talk about it. Like the comment right before me said - it will be inevitable.

(Shy, The Body Finder)

twipippi said...

I remembered Bree. My sister and mum didn't. I think I will buy it. I don't think I can resist to buy it, haha. I want to read it and I want it together with my other twilight books. I don't think you have to keep up a lot with things that are as big as twilight because it will be everywhere anyway.
(twipippi, Hush Hush)

Anonymous said...

OK, I had a huge response typed out and then lost here's the short version:

No, I would not question someone's judgment if they love other YA but are not in love with anything Twilight. Everyone has an opinion. Being a movie lover and hating a classic like Gone With the Wind or The Wizard of Oz does not negate your status as a movie buff. It is possible to love YA and hate Twilight (or Harry Potter, for that matter.)

I love the Twilight series, and I will buy this book, but I personally think the romance of Shiver and the storyline of Need are better.

(extra entries for: Win a new hardcover of BLEEDING VIOLET by Dia Reeves)

Cinnamon said...

I did and do like the Twighlight Saga, however, I think it's going to be hard if I'm the one person that doesn't like this book. Know what I mean? So many people are going to be such Meyer fans that they will feel like it's their responsibility to like all of her work. So far, I have liked all of her work. Even The Host, once you got past the first 100 pages or so was really quite good.

(Cinnamon, The Iron King)

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Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

I actually didn't remember Bree either, but I'm curious about this book nevertheless. At this point, I'm not really in love with the Twilight series, but I still kinda like it enough to keep checking out related stories. But I really wish Stephenie would just cut the Twilight ties and branch off into her newer stuff, because I really enjoyed The Host (her adult novel) way more than Twilight.

{Lea (YA Book Queen), Prophecy of the Sisters book/audio}

Tammy said...

As a librarian I did feel an obligation to understand the twilight craze so I did read the series. By the fourth book I was having serious Bella burn out. I'm glad I did read them because it gives me a better understanding of what my teens like and want but I sure wouldn't want to repeat the experience. I'll probably read this newest novella just because I know my teens will want to talk about it.

Tina said...

The Twilight saga has "created" a large number of new books, and it's been a BOOM! in the book's world. So, I think that as a book member of the YA community you have to keep up with the Twilight stuff because there're a lot of people who really love it and want to know the latest news of the saga (I include me...).

('They say it's our birthday' / Tina)

misskallie2000 said...

The Twighlight Saga is ok, but I don't feel I have to follow.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

katsrus said...

I don't remember her either. Not sure if I will buy the book or not. I also love the movies so far.
Sue B
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Stacy Stew said...

I remember her. I felt sorry for her, because the Cullens were willing to help her and the Volturi killed her. I really don't care about reading about her life, because I'm more interested in the main characters. However, I will buy and read it.
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Gene said...

Bree, hmnn. I actually remember her the first time I read the book but she isn't really someone that interesting and have a basis of having an interest with her life before the fight with the Cullens. But let's say that if I really want a side story of the book, I'd be more inclined to be curious about Riley's life, you know the guy that fought with Victoria against Edward and Seth? Or maybe Jane and her road to her sadistic ways.

During Twilight's hype, I was in the middle of my fascinations with Japanese manga so I only read the book when I heard the hype about the then upcoming first movie. I actually like the book, being it the first YA book I read amongst the gaiman/palahinuk/deathnote I was currently reading then. And I was pregnant that time so I liked the lightness of the story compared to my then current read list.

-geneinthebattle (HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick)

TommyGirl said...

As for the book, I'm gonna read it as I do enjoy the universe, even if I have no recollection of this character at all, but I think it could be interesting. I would prefer the Edward POV book, but that's an author's perogative.

As for whether you need to keep up on it to be aware of what's going on the YA universe, I don't know that's necessarily true. I'm sure a lot of people will be talking about it, but if you're a fan of the series and would read it anyway, go for it. But not all of the YA universe loves the series.

(Tommygirl, Kiss Of Death)

B.Kienapple said...

I'm surprised that she's releasing this one before the book from Edward's perspective. This feels like she's just doing to raise some cash for charity..which is cool but is the book actually going to be any good? I'm doubtful.

Inked Books said...

I think you need to be up to date on the biggest books so you can recommend other ones to fans of the big ones. (Travis, KISS OF DEATH)

donnas said...

I know I will read it. But I dont think I will rush to it like the original books. I am hoping it will be interesting and we can see some of what else was happening. But I dont remember this character either and do find it a odd place to come from for the next story. The fact that a portion is being donated to such a good cause will influence be more to buy it than borrow it. But as for the rest of the "profits" with the story coming from such a "left field" I am skeptical.

(Donna S, Prophecy of the Sisters)

Emma Kate "Coops" said...

Entries aside - A Twilight Topic!!! I must comment, really, LOL.

I found myself a "Twilighter" (is that what they're called?) at first but was eventually brought to my senses via reading other much better books (to me personally), the insane amount of screaming fangirls (who never read the books) and Kristen Stewart (really sorry if I cause offence there!). Frankly, I've found a lot of really negative attitudes that SPREAD amongst these twilight fans when it comes to other books (ie. Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush). They're so eager and ready to bag and diss the good stuff simply assuming that "it's exactly like twilight". Ugh, no it isn't. So no, I don't feel an obligation to keep up with ANYTHING Twilight as the favour is not returned in a lot of aspects by these screaming fangirls (but not all fans are screaming fangirls, of course!). And, not to mention, there are a bunch of book bloggers, etc, out there who probably do genuinely enjoy it. They can cover this book, but I won't be buying it :)

Just my honest opinion! :) Seriously though - you read books because you love them, yeah? Don't waste your time, or your money, sighing your way through a novel you don't feel you'll enjoy :)

Emma Kate, Beastly

author Scott Nicholson said...

Please don't ever feel obligated to review popular books just because everyone is talking about them. That's a disservice and, I feel, a little dishonest, and is the reason some bad books get a bigger audience while better books get ignored. It's almost like the hype becomes the hype and the actual words and stories don't even matter. Thanks for your work!

Scott Nicholson

L.J. Boldyrev said...

In reference to what Emma said, I am soooooo with you! Everything is compared to Twilight! Everything!!! I read a review for The Dark Divine, and the reviewer compared it to twilight. There's a werewolf and some romance. The similarities end there. I read another comment where someone said that M.T. Anderson's book THIRSTY was a Twilight rip-off, and that book came out in 1997.

I'm not dissing anyone, we all have the books we love and the books we hate and it is natural to find similarities among them, but when does it end?

Larissa said...

I don't wanna read it... I'm sorry for saying that. But I got so disappointed. When I heard a new twilight book was coming I thought 'Yay! Maybe it will be on the past lives of Carlisle or any of the Cullens gang'. Then I found it was a tiny bit of story back from 'Eclipse', about a chick no one cares for, and whose fate we all know. What's exciting about that? Sorry, but I'm just being honest guys..

(Larissa S, Sisters Red)

Wrighty said...

You and everyone else has brought up some excellent points. I did read the series and found it interesting. They weren't my favorite books but I enjoyed them most of the time and I really had to see how it ended. For me they were an escape, a break from real life. I've never been one to go bonkers over a book or movie so I don't take it that seriously. I didn't remember this character either and I don't know if I'll read it or not. I understand your dilemma and I think you can still keep up through discussions if you don't want to read it. That is a small part of the series and you're already familiar with that. I don't think it makes you any less reliable at all. You're on top of all the topics in the YA book world and do an excellent job here. If it's not interesting to you, don't read it. There are too many books calling our name already!
(Wrighty, Crescendo)