"I have long felt that any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has just put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or banana split." - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
If you don't like Twilight, that's fine. Although I absolutely loved the series, I have no problem with you. Everyone's entitled to their own opinions - even strong ones.
However. If you're one of those haters who hates Twilight so much that you speak out frequently and vehemently about how much it sucks. Then yes, I do have a problem with you. If you're one of those people who, upon hearing someone mention the series, says with superciliousness dripping from your tone, "Oh, please tell me you're not one of those." (With intent to make Twilight readers feel bad about themselves.) Then yes, I take serious issue with you.
For the love of God people. Who CARES if you think vampires are stupid? Or if you don't like how Stephanie Meyer writes? Do you know how many more kids are reading today because of the Twilight series? Why would you ever, ever speak out so forcefully about a series that has created a huge interest in books for a lot of kids who never previously had any desire to read? Not to mention, you must be little on the inside if you seek whatever power it is you're looking for from putting someone down based on what they enjoy to read.
As a former teacher, I know firsthand that Meyer's series promoted teenage reading. I saw a LOT of kids reading Twilight - in a school filled with students who hated to read. I literally had a teenage student, an LD student for that matter who tested at a 5th grade reading level, tell me that she loved Twilight so much that it was the only time she ever chose to read instead of watching TV when she got home.
So, in my opinion, if you go around blogging or facebooking or using any level of communication to make fun of people who read Twilight, you should be ashamed of yourself. If your hateful words have turned one child away from reading, just one, then you disgust me.
Instead of bashing Meyer's writing ability, you should applaud her for enticing youth away from video games and television and into the literary world.
Now, some people have argued that kids branch out after reading Twilight to reading the classics. I have absolutely no idea if it's true or not. Also, if you read Twilight and didn't like it and gave it a bad review somewhere, this post is NOT addressed to you. Unless you went a step further and went out of your way to belittle people who did like it.
As for my love of the novels... Perhaps I'm biased. I've had a thing for vampires since the good old days of Bunnicula. (Come on, how could you not love Howliday Inn? The Celery Stalks at Midnight?) So, I started young. I also watched, and loved, Bram Stoker's Dracula in the early/mid-nineties. Since then, I'll admit it, I've yet to meet a person with longer than average canines that I haven't found attractive. I don't seek out books about vampires, but I definitely enjoyed Twilight. I've read all four books more than twice. And you know what? I'm sure I'll read each of them more than twice more.