People love to complain about Twilight. Aspiring writers shun it thinking they're being unique and original, when in fact, they're just jumping on another bandwagon. The author of Twilight used a wonderful writing ploy. It is a novel series about a girl without a lot of distinct characteristics, so anyone can imagine themselves as Bella as she meets a perfect guy in a perfect world. This artless tale may have been inspired by none-other than Treasure Island. Surprised? You shouldn't be! Treasure Island is a pirate adventure where a young boy meets fantastic characters. He is also very bland, so the boy/girl reading this book can put themselves into Jim's shoes. The famous character Harry Potter also started out in the first book as both a vehicle and a growing character. This twist gave the reader passage into a magical world with a very entertaining and meaningful plot with enriched themes that everyone can benefit from. This is what I believe made the book series very successful. Also, J.K. Rowling is a eloquent writer! What makes Twilight bad is the tackiness and the unrealistic presentation of both characters and environment. The author totally disregarded many elements in the story, and she single-handedly reforms the vampire lore with her books. This setback is also her hook to readers who yearn for an escape or hope in a stormy future. I believe Twilight could possibly be our novel of the decade, which I hope you disagree with. It inflects our thoughts and ideals within these troubling times of global terrorism, world hunger, war, and political and economical change. Scholars may say that the reason Twilight became so popular is because we wanted it to. We wanted someplace where there is no person to say no; you can't make your vampires sparkly or eat vegetables. Our fear and doubt and worry made the nonsensical amusing and meaningful. Therefore, if there's ever an official vote on novel series of the decade, vote Harry Potter. I don't want my society's historical male figure to be represented by Edward Cullen. Ron Weasley makes a better post-modern Romeo. Amen.