Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Book Review: Nightlight

Title: Nightlight: a Parody
Author(s): Harvard Lampoon
Genre: Humor, Parody
Publisher/Year: Vintage Books/2009

Synopsis:  About three things I was absolutely certain. First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe. Second, there was a vampire part of him–which I assumed was wildly out of his control–that wanted me dead. And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.

And thus Belle Goose falls in love with the mysterious and sparkly Edwart Mullen in the Harvard Lampoon’s hilarious send-up of Twilight.

Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?

Complete with romance, danger, insufficient parental guardianship, creepy stalker-like behavior, and a vampire prom, Nightlight is the uproarious tale of a vampire-obsessed girl, looking for love in all the wrong places.

Rating:

Review:  When originally this came out I remember being excited for it because quite frankly TWILIGHT made my head hurt.  Let me make it clear, the first time I read TWILIGHT I enjoyed it.  Had issues with Bella, but figured stuff would work out by the time the next book came out.  NEW MOON cured me of that notion and I was in it to see where it was all going to go.  ECLIPSE had my rage growing quite a bit, but at that point I was in the fandom with some friends so I decided to stick it out.  And then BREAKING DAWN.  I finished that book and just didn't know what to do so I re-read the series thinking that would help.  It didn't.

So a parody of that series sounded great.  And as a parody it works pretty well; it tries a bit too hard and Belle was possibly even MORE annoying then Bella--I really hate arrogant, insufferable idiots--but I thought it was enjoyable.  It sometimes, okay quite often, overstated its point.  Which can be funny, but it was more like getting hit over the head then falling over laughing.  Oddly the parodiers did a good job of showcasing everything wrong with that book series.  Several times I was said 'I'm really glad I'm not the only one who thinks that!', though as I said they went way over the top so often I found myself skimming at points.

I do like Edwart--poor boy couldn't catch a break, and when he finally does he just tosses himself back into the crazy that is Belle Goose's life because he can't remember how not to involved anymore.  The whole vampire angle that (eventually) comes up skeeved me out more than anything else.  It definitely took the controlling, possessive nature of Edward/Bella's relationship to an even worse place.  The Vampire Prom though was pretty funny and honestly if that's how you treat your guests no wonder you don't get to have it during the spring!

In all I think this is fun and a trippy way to spend an afternoon, or you could read cleolinda's recaps of the movies and books which are funnier and more on target.  Or see the movie Vampires Suck--though its another one in those endless parody movies, its more enjoyable then others especially for anyone who either a) reads paranormal YA fiction or b) was once part of that twilight fandom beast.



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