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What’s the point?

Okay, so it’s one of the fastest selling books in history. But what is the point?

books Updated: Jun 19, 2010 02:00 IST
Damini Purkayastha

Title:The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Hachette
Price: Rs 595

Okay, so it’s one of the fastest selling books in history. But what is the point? While reading Stephenie Meyer has never been about ‘literary merit’, her books, the Twilight Saga specifically, became a world-wide sensation primarily because the narrative was compelling. The story gave an original twist to the ancient myth of vampires and well, it was a romance.

But this novella’s only ambition seems to be to become a footnote to the series. Narrated from the point of a ‘new born’ Vampire, a 15-year-old girl named Bree, it tells us about that unquenchable thirst for human blood, how vampires track each other, live in hovels and fight each other pointlessly. But even so, we neither empathise with Bree nor understand her, mostly because the information overload that Meyer packs in, allowing no room for a detailed character. Hardcore fans will read the book, some may even enjoy it, but everyone will wonder — what was the point?