Monday, October 20, 2008

Manic Monday - Bite

How convenient that Mo picked this week's Manic Monday word to be 'bite' as it gives me the chance to do another post on the series of books I just finished reading. After all, the word 'bite' regularly comes to mind when thinking of vampires and regular visitors will know that I've been reading the very popular Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer; the young adult books which tell the love story of Bella Swan, a mortal teenager, and Edward Cullen, a teenage vampire in the small town of Forks, Washington.

After more or less plowing through the first two books in the series, Twilight and New Moon, I jumped right into the next two books, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, finishing the last book yesterday evening. I think I got to book four as fast as I did because Bella managed to annoy the heck out of me once again in book three and I wanted to make sure that things worked out right in the final book! I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing when you want to reach through the pages of a book and strangle one or two of the characters but I was ready to do that with both Bella and Jacob constantly throughout book three and wasn't sure which one I was more irritated with! I don't know how many times I told Amanda that Bella didn't deserve Edward while she complained to me that Edward was too perfect. Huh? Too perfect?!? Is she nuts?!?

As I've said before, though, I don't want to give too much away to those who haven't read the series yet but are thinking about it even though I feel like I was probably one of the last people on earth who hadn't read it! I'm sure there are probably two or three people out there who haven't read the books but that's hard to believe when you look at the amazing fan-base for the books and the number of people who are chomping at the bit for Twilight the movie to be released next month. Yeah, yeah, you can count me in on that one! I am intrigued to say the least!

It's funny, I had never given much thought to vampires until I read these books as I was never a big Anne Rice fan, but now I'm beginning to think it might not be the worst thing in the world to be bitten by a vampire and become an immortal. After all, they have incredible strength so I'm sure I would no longer have back problems; they don't eat per say so that would cut way back on the grocery bills as well as time-consuming trips to the store; they're incredibly beautiful which would be nice to be for once in my existence; they can run like the wind and never get one of those annoying stitches in their side or feel like they're sucking pond water after about an 1/8th of a mile; and they don't need sleep so I wouldn't be tired all the time and would have a lot more time for blogging! Granted, there are a few downsides like that whole bloodsucking thing but there are apparently ways around that. Overall it sounds to me like the advantages outweigh the disadvantages!

Of course, the biggest advantage to becoming a vampire would be the possibility of finding my one true love and soulmate and sharing a bond that could never be broken. That would certainly be worth a bite on the neck, right? Though with my luck when it comes to love, I'd probably find myself wandering eternity all on my own wondering where that soulmate was and how to find him. Hmm, I wonder if vampires have their own sort of eHarmony or Perhaps Vampire Singles Dances?

I don't know ... maybe this is sounding too much like my current mortal life ... do I really want to do that for all of eternity even if I could leap over tall buildings in a single bound? Hmmm ... Well, there is still that 'more time for blogging' thing to think about!

Don't forget to see what other people took a bite out of over at Manic Monday while I see what else the library has in stock for other vampire novels. Now that I've been bitten by the vampire bug I need to read more - but no Anne Rice, please. Her books scare me!


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  2. Your fall photos are so gorgeous...We went out to the park last weekend and I took a few shots but the trees just look as though they're dying - brown leaves - no rich colors at all. So, please keep 'em coming!

  3. Yay for Twilight! I wondered how many Manic Monday bloggers would choose this for Bite. LOL I haven't posted for Today yet, but I'm not writing about Twilight, so it was a lot of fun to read yours. I just read them this spring and couldn't put them down!

  4. Your a Hoot Girlfriend

  5. I really really got to read this Twilight series, i've been hearing a lot about them! Awesome take on the bite theme, great review!

  6. Happy MM! I've never heard of the Twilight Series until today...

    I invite your blog readers to see my tribute to the Black Vampires!

    peace, Villager

  7. It would be worth a bite, yes...ahem....

    This week we are memeing the movement. You've been tagged by the Queen of Memes!
    The Peace Meme

  8. oh not me, i'm scared of all that stuff!

    smiles, bee

  9. Anonymous10:32 AM EDT

    I'm not a big vampire fan... I would think being bitten would hurt. Heck When a mosquito bites it itches.. imagine a vampire?


    P.S. Love the new profile pic...You've been looking kinda HOT lately....

  10. Well I haven't been reading the series. I must be one of the three.

    I think the dating site is found at

    or is that dot.bite?

  11. Do you think an online vamp dating site would be like Stake2theHeart dot com or simply bite dot com?
    I'm glad I'm not the only one who imagines what it would be like to become a vampire after reading a good vamp book.

    You should check out Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels - the ones that the HBO series True Blood is based on.

    If you want some gay vampire titles, let me know - I've got a few on my bookshelves.
    Glad to see you taking a BITE out of some fun literature!
    love ya,

  12. The nice thing about the True Blood series is that there is none of that sucking and killing part (unless you really, really want to) thanks to the synthetic "True Blood" drink. Of course immortality in Louisiana might have a few drawbacks if only because of the winged blood suckers.

  13. Yikes, no Vampire stuff dor me, either! I'm with Miss Bee.

    Now I do love Luanne Rice books! She writes love along the New England seashore!

  14. I'm scared of this stuff too. I won't even read about it. I don't want to see the movie either. Just saying. Have a great day Linda. Big hug. :)

  15. Anonymous1:47 PM EDT

    I really want to read the series but I can't start til after Nanowrimo. I am keeping an eye out for used copies though.

  16. I've never read a vampire book, but it seems these Twilight books are pretty popular...I may have to check it out!
    The White House

  17. Linda, when you become a vampire, please don't come knocking on my door, sucking my blood. I do not want to become one, k? (lol)

  18. I haven't read the Twilight series, but know that Bella has annoyed a lot of readers.

  19. And of course, they have such marvellous, strong teeth. No decay, for eternity. It has it's good side :-)

  20. Well, I guess it all depends on which of the vampire legends or mythologies you follow. The trend in urban fantasy is to make it into a lifestyle.

    But don't forget about the Dracula legends and the Nosferatu! Those are some skeery monsters!

  21. I bought a copy of Twilight last month and I haven't gotten around to read it yet, but I will. Oh, I will. >;-)

    Thanks for stopping by mine! Cheers from La La Land.

  22. I ner really thought about the whole soulmate forever thing. That would be a good reason to get bitten.

  23. I'm about ready to read the entire series again.

    The "Cullen" type of vampires I can tolerate...the ones who practice here in Santa Cruz are scary and dangerous...

    The third book irritated me in many ways....and I am not sure how I feel about who Jacob ended up with...but...

    I am a twilight fan.
    big time.

  24. Anonymous12:51 PM EDT

    I've not read, but have found some new "reading time" when I wait to pick Shelby up from school in the afternoons. So, I might have to check them out.

    Right now I'm reading The Secret Life of Bees.

    Hope your Monday wasn't too Manic.

  25. I still haven't read the books. I don't really like vampire books either, so I've not had much of an interest in the Twilight series...but hey, I might give them a try one of these days.


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