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SM - Twilight for guys?

Post by sealakewhirl » Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:00 pm

I was wondering...are there any guys out there who have read twilight? Is twilight a book for guys...or strictly girls?
what do you people think?

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Post by Larah » Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:05 pm

I don't think this book is strictly for girls, I mean there is some sappy parts but I think any guy - who is willing - can thoroughly enjoy the book as well. It's just because there's romance in the book that is appeals generally to girls.
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Post by Bubblechimes » Sat Apr 15, 2006 10:05 pm

*takes deep breath* I don't think so. A lot of guys would've puked from the amount of 'I love you's' in the book, and most guys don't read at all. And when they do, it's extremely gory books. The nearest thing to romance they read are the ones in Dan Brown's Angels & Demons. Lots of gore, suspense, and action, minimal romance.
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Post by pelirroja » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:03 am

This is a really good question. My 13 year old son reads a lot, but not so much in this genre. His "likes" include Harry Potter, Eragon, Inkheart, Inkspell, Charlie Bone, and The Thief Lord.

I think he might get into it more if it was from Edward's perspective. He hasn't picked the book up because God forbid he touch something his mother is reading. Although, if I point out to him that the girls like it and it would give him a topic of conversation...maybe.

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Post by nightflower » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:06 am

I was talking to a guy friend of mine the other day and I mentioned the book but I didn?t think he'd be interested since he's a guy and all but I was surprised to find out that he is one of the few guys that falls for sappy love stories, so I guess there are some out there.

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Post by sealakewhirl » Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:39 am

pelirroja wrote:This is a really good question. My 13 year old son reads a lot, but not so much in this genre. His "likes" include Harry Potter, Eragon, Inkheart, Inkspell, Charlie Bone, and The Thief Lord.

I think he might get into it more if it was from Edward's perspective. He hasn't picked the book up because God forbid he touch something his mother is reading. Although, if I point out to him that the girls like it and it would give him a topic of conversation...maybe.


he's reading all the good stuff!

maybe it's too early to tell... i do think it is more of a girls' book...but maybe when it gets more popular....the guys will get more curious? hey, they could sure pick up some tips from the novel!

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Post by Alda Rethe » Sun Apr 16, 2006 2:54 am

Sadly, I don't think dudes would read or want to read Twilight. Too lovey-dovey and mushy-gushy for them. They'd snap the book shut at the first "I love you," whereas us girls eagerly read on.

Boys like to read those DULL books written by males for males. That don't have an ounce of love or romance in them.
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Post by ~Foxiego~ » Sun Apr 16, 2006 3:13 am

My twelve year old cousin, Paul, couldn't be more in love with it. And, although sometimes sensitive, he is as boyish as boy can be. :lol: Believe me, I know! ^_^

I always read him my favorite books off my bookshelf, but never something like Twilight. About a month ago, however, while we were about thirteen chapters into Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix, I couldn't take it anymore and suggested Twilight, fully knowing he might not like it. I presented it as something new, stating outright that Edward was a vampire and not mentioning it was a love story at all. I hoped this would get him eager to jump right into Twilight.

But, at first, it didn't. So, I did the enivetable and showed him that I had written fanfiction on it, but, of course, he wouldn't understand it unless he read the book. That got him(seeing as I always share my writing with him and he knows I've never written something off a book before.)

We started reading that night, reading the first hundred pages and only stopping to eat. That may not have beaten our current record, but, considering he had to leave before we wanted to stop, it sure could have.

For no other book has Paul called endlessly, school nights or otherwise, to ask if I have enough time to read some Twilight to him. And never have I been more happy to read to him -his take on everything is so different! I love it! It's truly a boy's prespective of things. I get everything from, "Bella's so cute" to really in-depth questions on the nature of a vampire that I would never be able to answer!

True, he's fairly young and he looks me, getting into my hobbies, and such, but he always thinks for himself and he has rejected many books I have introduced to him.

But I have also made my guy friend who is my age read Twilight, and, though it did not become his obsession(or, at least, I don't think so-lol!), he really liked it. Now whenever he gets in a fight with his girlfriend and comes to me for advice, I have a catchphrase: "What would Edward do?" lol! Funny thing is, that usually works! :shock: :lol:
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Post by Madame X » Sun Apr 16, 2006 9:03 am

That's an interesting story! How cool is it that he actually liked the book?

In general, though, I don't think a lot of guys are itching to read Twilight. It has minimal real fight scenes, emotions, and lovey-feelings I don't think many guys like to concentrate on in fiction. Of course, I've been involved in a lot of fandoms that have romantic plots (like the Inuyasha anime/manga) and huge female followings, but also guy fans that usually appreciate the action scenes and character developments (except for the occasional fan of the 'ships).

If there is a demogaraphic for male fans of Twilight, it's far more likely for them to be, not adolescent boys, but grown men. Like the kind of guys who would write romance novels themselves, like Arthur Golden or the author of The Notebook. Smart, grown-up, and more secure in their masculinity.

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Post by OfCourseItsLove » Sun Apr 16, 2006 12:20 pm

I have a friend who is a guy and he loved it--I actually referred it to him because his eyes change colors and he looks like Edward so my friend and I kept calling him Edward. I felt sorry for him ( 8) ) and so I gave him the book to read.

I think it all depends on the guy, though.
Hope that helped!

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