I've been debating about posting this for a while now. Went ahead and decided to do it.
Basically, the other day, when I was looking at the local used bookstore, I saw this book cover with a hand and apple on it. But it didn't look like Twilight. And what do you know, turns out there's something else Stephanie Meyer can't think of on her own. Not only the story, the names, but the art as well isn't orignial. So I decided I'm going to make fun of it. Like I always do. Plus, I haven't bashed Twlight in such a long time...
Edit: Because I'm sick of people saying this: [link] It's a link to her freaking damn site that says that SHE choose the apple because of what it means. The "Forbidden fruit" and the scritpure reference and the fact that it reminded her of Snow White. And a bunch of other BS. You wanna complain about that, do your own damn research!
Also, the link where I made the poster: [link] It's free for anyone to use. All you have to do is upload a picture and type away. However, apparently, they also have their site attached to the corner. I did not know that. I'm sorry for that, but I can't change that. It is mine. But it has the sites logo on it.
i'm going to withhold judgement on twilight's originality until i actually read it (which isn't exactly high on my to-do list, given the reviews it got from non-fanatics), but with regard to the image... well, the poster seems to have a valid point. one of these things is much like the other. BTW i heard on QI that biblical scholars now believe the forbidden fruit to have been a banana, not an apple, so the image's symbolism is somewhat degraded by that. (if that was the original intent, at least.)
kuroseishin88Featured By OwnerJul 23, 2011Hobbyist General Artist
Want another one? The name 'Breaking Dawn' isn't original either. There's a movie that came out in 2004 with that title. The book, for what I can find, was released in 2008? You have to include '2004' in the search though, if you want to find it. >_< I'm sure the list of things that are un-original about the that so-called saga is pretty much never ending.
kuroseishin88Featured By OwnerJul 24, 2011Hobbyist General Artist
I was forced to watch the first movie by some friends I haven't seen since high school... I want those 121 minutes of my life back. >_> Afterwards, I went home, and re-read all of the Hellsing manga, then watched Hellsing: Ultimate... I needed to remind myself what real vampires and werewolf are... I have this sinking suspicion that a majority of Twilight fans don't even know what Nosferatu and lycan means. When I bring up to people how badly the movie sucked, I get told the book is so much better and that the movie ruined it. Yet, Stephen King has been quoted saying how bad Stephenie Meyer is as an author. I'll side with King on this, and refuse to read those 'novels'. I can rant about this for days probably, but I wont go and spam your comments. I'm just glad someone else is on the same page as me about this... whatever this 'sensation' can be called...
Ah yes, after your brain gets fried, give it some nurishment to get it back to the way it was. I doubt they do, even if it was mentioned in the story. They probably don't even know what a vampire is.
The movie sucked because the book sucked. Movie didn't ruin anything that wasn't already ruined. I'm just saying... But the acting sucked, the book sucked, everything sucked. Except vampires and blood, cause that never happened! I just made a stupid joke, sorry.
Actually, unless she took the photo herself, it's not her being unoriginal. A LOT of books have the same covers because they all use the same stock photos - most of the time, the photo is edited to look different, but this isn't all that different. Plus, she didn't make the cover herself - all the did was use the idea of an apple, which she has every right to use because people use ideas like that a lot. I don't particularly like Twilight, but it bothers me when people bash Stephenie Meyer without knowing what they're talking about.
...sparkling vampires that live in Washington and have babies that eat their way out of the mothers stomach isn't original in any way? I mean, I'll be the first to admit that she has flat characters and hardly any plot line, but unoriginal is definitely NOT the word for it.
I want to start this comment by first saying I dislike Stephanie Meyer as an author (since I don't know her personally), I don't like Twilight, and I love the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.
I think you need to do your research before you start going off on people, according to Amazon and Barnes and Noble, "Words to Live By" by CS Lewis is a combination of various works that CS Lewis did. The book was comprised after his death by Paul F. Ford and was published in April 2007, two years after Ms. Meyer released Twilight.
Also, Meyer isn't the only author to draw upon previous books as references, JK Rowling has "referenced" previous publications as well, including "Lord of the Rings" and the storyline of Harry Potter is essentially the lead up to World War II, but with magic.
So if you wanna rip on Meyer, rip on her being a god awful writer, because I know people in their first year of high school who could do a better job than her.
I once took a publishing course involving a book design segment, and the editor of Twilight came to speak to us--for a full 20 minutes--on the story of the cover design alone. We were shown a bunch of covers that were considered for the book, including one of an actual twilight, one of some branches, and one of a girl's face. Typical stuff. Too typical, they thought. So they started looking for pictures that weren't so typical of teen romance covers. Finally, someone at the publishing house came up with a pair of cupped hands.
"Hm," they said. "It's very clean and different. We like it--but it's a bit empty. Were the hands holding anything in the original image?"
"Why, yes," said the person who put the cover together. "They were holding an apple."
"Show the original image to us," they said, and this person did. And there was general celebration around the publishing house, for the apple symbolism fit the book perfectly, and the cover was fresh and different and very eye-catching.
Blame the publisher. Not only did the publishers choose the artwork, they allowed the drivel to be published in the first place. What's hilarious to me is that you're criticizing unoriginality by posting images that you combined in an online generator, which is not the most creative or original process there is. :3
It doesn't matter how it's chosen. The point is, she picked it out. She choose it. She wanted the apple. And what I'm doing here may not be all that "creative or original" but it's there to prove a point. I don't like using motivational posters myself, but I wanted to show that there was NOTHING this woman can create on her own. No original idea in her head. That is my point. If you don't get that, I'm sorry. Maybe you just don't have a bit of humor.
Well, as nigh-illiterate as she is, I doubt she's even heard of the other book, let alone C.S Lewis at all. Probably the only reason she knows Wuthering Heights is because she either saw a movie of it or it was mandatory reading in school. I'm surprised she can form a sentence at all, really.
I don't have a sense of humor because I don't find motivational posters funny? That's essentially saying I don't have a sense of humor because I don't think watching paint dry is pants-pissingly hilarious. They're right up there with Family Guy, employee training videos for minimum wage jobs and documentaries on the reproductive systems of snails.
If you think about it, Shakespeare never came up with an original plot; "Romeo and Juliet" is the Greek Pyramus and Thisbe, but he wrote exceptionally good plays which reached a broad audience and had memorable characters. As for Meyer, the butchering of vampires as a horror icon is more than enough to make (the original) Dracula fans cringe, but its hard to blame her for lack of originality... although, if her writing style and characterization is really as bad as I've heard, then bash her all you please!
I would have bashed "Twilight", but I haven't read the book. Also I must agree with your wanting variety; a classic book is often built off of captivating and unique writing style as well as memorable characters or situations that a broad range of readers can relate to in some way.