Note: This is largely a rant inspired by this gem I found through Twitter and the multiplying Twilight hate threads in the NaNo Forums.
It may just be the popularity of the Twilight Saga, but over the past two years, I’ve seen mostly hate threads bemoaning what utter crap the books are. Many of these people are people also writing Vampire stories for NaNo, and they’re always complaining about how Twilight has ruined the market for Vampire Novels, and because with the book market almost saturated with Vampire books, largely for tweens, why would a publisher even want to consider their novel, even if it is better than Twilight. I haven’t seen many people who frequent these threads finish their novels.
I have never understood the benefit certain people find in complaining about ‘trash novels’ that get published when their novels will clearly be better, even though these novels never get finished. And I don’t know what it is about the Twilight Saga that’s doing this, but there’s something going on.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the Twilight books myself. BUT! If you’re so pissed off by what you’re seeing and you’re going to go on a crusade to improve the literary market, write your own damn novel. Stephenie Meyer isn’t standing next to you, holding a gun to your head, laughing sadistically and saying, “Bwah ha ha! Now you’ll never be able to ever write a vampire story EVER!”
I don’t think SMeyer sat down and thought, “I’m going to write the next Great American Novel,” even if she really does believe, in retrospect, that she has written the most amazing books in the history of American Literature.
And in the broader scope, if there’s an author that you think has ‘ruined’ or bastardized literature, whether it be Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling, Christopher Paolini or JRR Tolkien, write your own damn novel. These people are not stopping you from telling your story, even from the grave. No one is stopping you from telling your stories.
As a matter of fact, if you’re so annoyed by all the literary dreck out there, use that as motivation to make your stories the best they can be. It’s far too unproductive to just sit back and complain about the quality control in the the publishing industry. The way people obsess over trashy novels just boggles me.