A debate via links:
- Bitch Magazine describes TWILIGHT as inaugurating a new genre: “abstinence porn.” (Courtesy of the Dairi Burger.)
- The Atlantic Monthly writes a fabulous article, highly complimentary to TWILIGHT, on what it’s like to be a teenage girl and why our novels meant so much to us. (Courtesy of one of my professors; I suppose there’s, improbably, an upside to allowing your love of teenage romance novels to become so widely known.)
obMSCL*: Extra credit to the second article, because it ends with an anecdote that is ripped from the single most iconic scene of MY SO-CALLED LIFE, except that it’s reporting the author’s actual experience.
* obMSCL = Obligatory MY SO-CALLED LIFE reference. The label comes from a listserv I’ve long been a member of (like, over a dozen years now), which started as a MSCL fan list and gradually morphed into random discussions of a group of friends. Who would occasionally still feel the need to talk about the show. I’ve transported it into other contexts, because, really, when is a MSCL reference not obligatory?