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[sah-guh] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
|1.||a medieval Icelandic or Norse prose narrative of achievements and events in the history of a personage, family, etc.|
|2.||any narrative or legend of heroic exploits.|
|3.||Also called saga novel. a form of the novel in which the members or generations of a family or social group are chronicled in a long and leisurely narrative.|
Forget number one, I guess number 3 is the best application of the word saga to the books by Stephenie Meyer. In just a few weeks, I have read Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. Neither of these took me more than a day to read. As a matter of fact, I read Eclipse last night – this morning in 6 hours. They are not skinny books but they go FAST. Of course, the fourth book, Breaking Dawn, is coming out August 2.
This damn series has me irritated as hell. I have never in my life been so conflicted over a book (er books in this case).
Bella Swan is the absolute worst role model for our young women I have read in a long time The relationship with Edward is absolutely frightening, reeking of obsession, possession, addiction, etc. Have we not seen the new stories of teenage Romeo & Juliet pacts? This is what Bella and Edward have established and I fear that most young readers are not getting that at all. I have loved strongly and lost. I am also with the absolute love of my life and what I know for an absolute fact is that it is simply nothing like Edward and Bella. There IS life after loss (even the cruelest and deepest loss) and it very much disturbs me that Stephenie Meyer has not made an attempt to show this in a direct way.
The real shame is how fun the books are. They are fast-paced and interesting. But when you start thinking about what you are reading, they’re alarming. And I expect more from a woman with an education like Meyer’s. I have a degree in English as well. When we studied the classics like Romeo & Juliet (which she admits as a working tool in New Moon) and Midsummer Nights Dream (the one that she works into Breaking Dawn supposedly) the overwhelming consensus was that these were not true love stories. Midsummer especially is a farce of love. In Midsummer, characters are put in a SPELL that is much like what Bella experiences with Edward. Romeo & Juliet is not a love story with a tragic ending, but is a complete tragedy from start to finish. I’m really interested in Breaking Dawn, but it seems not for the reasons most people are buying the book. I want Stephenie Meyer to redeem herself as an author. Either way, I think I’ll have to write her a long letter when I’m done with Breaking Dawn (one letter short of Breaking DOWN). We’ll see if it’s a congraulations or a reprimand!