if the story's told right

three episodes of dexter later and an account started with amazon associates and i'm close to having this website where i want it. of course, 3-4 episodes of this show in a row is about as much as i can handle at a time. so now i'm watching seinfeld to lighten the mood. i've seen most of these episodes, i don't know, a dozen times maybe, but i still can't help watching them. go figure.

today i bought and watched the film eclipse on blue-ray. say what you will about stephanie meyer and her writing style [as i've heard any said numerous comments myself], but she wrote a freaking gold-mine of a story. a story that neither you nor i came up with. a story that, like it or not, has changed modern vampire lore as we know it. i remember when i first read it, a good two years before anyone even knew what the hell twilight was. my friend S said she'd buy me any book at barnes & noble for my birthday. i found twilight at the end of the aisle, and bought it based on the short little excerpt and cover art. stayed up all night reading it, and [like a zillion other people two years+ later] fell absolutely in love with the story. why? because of the way it made me feel.

when it comes down to it, the whole point of writing is to evoke emotion in your reader. to make them feel what your main character feels. why do people like twilight so much? because bella swan is an awkward, normal girl, who shouldn't get the attention of the mysterious, sexy vampire, but does. which says to the reader: are you an awkward, normal girl? don't give up hope, because your edward cullen is out there somewhere. and for all we know, he is. anyway, twilight, like all good stories, makes you feel something outside yourself. maybe something bigger and better than you've ever felt before. that you're in this like inner circle of knowledge that no one else truly understands because they don't feel it. but you do - you feel it all. or at least you should if the story's told right...