Saturday, March 14, 2009

Twilight in Cleveland

I am up to my armpits in vampires.

I'm reading the entire Stephenie Meyer Twilight series in preparation for a four-hour course, "Between the Lines of Twilight."

We are going to have a blast in this class. We'll talk about real life vampires and vampires in literature. We'll take apart the characters and talk talk talk about everyone's favorite vamp boyfriend, Bella, their families and all their fascinating escapades. They'll be fanfic exercises and inside tricks on how and why the series works.

The class will be offered twice at Lakeland Community College: on April 2 and 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on May 5 and 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click the above embedded links for registration information, maps and other details. Space is limited, so register early.

To everyone in Northeast Ohio who loves the Twilight books, please come and sink your teeth into the flesh of the series!


deangc said...

WTF is it with vampires these days? Can't swing a bloodless corpse without knocking over a stack of vampire novels. They're the New Romance.

I blame George Bush. That motherfucker has ruined everything.

Anonymous said...

Vampires sure have staying power. But I've been disillusioned with them ever since Tom Cruise played Lestat.


Caroline said...

LOLOL...laughing at deangc's comment. I like vampires, used to read Anne Rice all the time way back in the day. Don't have time to read much now, but I like the idea of blaming them on Dubya (or Shrub as I like to call him). But I am particularly fond of blaming him for everything.

Erin, I truly enjoy your blogs. And the poster you have over the mantle is perfect.

Geoff Schutt said...

Erin, what do you think about Stephen King's bashing of Ms. Meyer, saying she can't write?

Just curious ....

Erin O'Brien said...

Welcome to the comment section, Caroline.

You know, Geoff, there are troubles with the fictional thread throughout the series, but it's very compelling stuff, particularly for girls ages 11 on up.

The strange thing is, the quality of the line to line writing is so much better in books 3 and 4 than it is in 1 and 2 that I have to admit I'm a bit suspicious about the whole thing.

Or maybe Meyer just improved that much as a writer withing the course of producing the books.


Geoff Schutt said...

I just find it kind of strange that King would say anything so nasty about another writer. After all of his success (and now becoming known as more and more of a "literary" writer), I would have thought he'd just keep quiet. That said, when asked the question, I suppose he couldn't resist?

One very good thing about Meyer -- if she introduces people to reading, or encourages them, we have more readers for other books, too.

As in -- perhaps our own?

Erin O'Brien said...

I'll tell you what, like tweens from coast to coast, my 12-year-old is almost through with these no less than 2,500 pages of text.

So yeah, there is part of me that genuflects before anyone that can get that result.

And it isn't pure fluff. It handles sexuality in an age-appropriate way. Sure, I have my quibbles, but there is much to praise here.

Zen Wizard said...

WHY couldn't this have been scheduled next to the National Kielbasa Festival??

Shaina said...

*jealous* those books are CRACK and i'd LOVE to talk about them. rar.

philbilly said...

In the beginning;

Went to see the 1922 version back to back with the Herzog version, my fine date wore a peasant blouse that exposed her neck and shoulders, how hot is that?

Vampires ain't what they usta be;


The Fool said...

Very popular with the girls in my classes...though I've had no urge to peek between the covers. I'm for anything that keeps 'em off 4chan.

Julie said...

I am into the third book already, I have completely fallen in love with this series, several of the women in my office are either reading it or have already read it and are reading it a second time already. It's a huge topic around here.

Erin O'Brien said...

Zen, Shaina, I'll miss you!

I like your comparison, Phil.

Fool: The kids LOVE these books. They inhale them.

Julie: keep going, the best is yet to come.

Kirk Jusko said...

If I want to read about vampires, I'll pick up Forbes, Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, etc.

Closer to home, I'll pick up Crain's Cleveland Business and see what Forest City's up to.

CynDe said...

Cleveland is full of vampires. Left there a year ago and am getting my color and energy back.

I come back to visit tho'. I dab generous amounts of Au de Gar Lic on all pulse points.