Monday, May 31, 2010
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle Book 22
Well, it's undoubtedly obvious that this book was the inspiration for the cultural phenomenon that is Twilight. Since Meyer left out some plot twists and created a few new ones, I'll say she "borrowed" Smith's work. I really want to be angry at Mrs. Meyer for so unabashedly and blatantly "borrowing" but I can't be. While The Vampire Diaries has an interesting storyline and in many ways is much more creative, the book is written in typical Smith style--more emphasis on events of the plot then making them realistic for the reader and a third person omniscient point of view that doesn't allow the reader to really connect with any one style. Stefan was obviously the basis for Edward Cullen's character, but Edward is so real that he jumps off the page. Smith laid the foundation but Meyer created a world a reader can submerge in. It's not nice to "borrow" but I can't be angry since she did a better job.