Sady Doyle

Sady Doyle is a writer in New York. She blogs at

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fangs

A defense of the teen-girl fan base that has made the Twilight books and movies so wildly successful.

Twilight fans cheer at the Los Angeles premiere of New Moon, out on Friday. (AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)
When New Moon , the second film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's four-part Twilight series, opens in theaters this month, those who see it will not be getting great art. The faults of Meyer's immensely popular teen vampire-romance novels have been endlessly, and publicly, rehashed: the retrograde gender roles, the plodding plotlines, the super-heated goofiness of Meyer's prose. I can confirm for you that these faults are real!

 Yet I could not stop reading the series. The books -- all about sexy teen vampire Edward Cullen, his sexy teen werewolf rival Jacob Black, and their joint quest to stalk, control, and condescend their way into the ever-turgid affections of sexy teen (human) narrator Bella Swan -- are slow, repetitive, and often unintentionally hilarious. ("If I hadn't seen him undressed, I would have sworn there was nothing more beautiful than Edward in his khakis." Wait. Hold up. The vampire is wearing khakis ?) 

 Twilight isn't a literary masterpiece...