Tuesday, August 9, 2011

BBReview: "Nightlight" By The Harvard Lampoon

Genre: Young Adult -Paranormal/Parody
Publishing Date: November 3rd, 2009
Page Count: 154
Source: Borrowed from local library
Format: Paperback

Description from Amazon:
About three things I was absolutely certain. First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe. Second, there was a vampire part of him–which I assumed was wildly out of his control–that wanted me dead. And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me. 
And thus Belle Goose falls in love with the mysterious and sparkly Edwart Mullen in the Harvard Lampoon’s hilarious send-up of Twilight. 
Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?
Complete with romance, danger, insufficient parental guardianship, creepy stalker-like behavior, and a vampire prom, Nightlight is the uproarious tale of a vampire-obsessed girl, looking for love in all the wrong places.

Although i liked Nighlight much more than the other Twilight parody i read, i still didn't love it. Maybe i am just not a parody person. I kept waiting for the jokes to stop and the story to take off, but it didn't and i think that is part of the problem with parodies. There is too much poking fun and not enough story line. Another thing that could have played a factor is that i have read Twilight twice and then the two parodies of it so maybe i was just tired of hearing the same story over and over again. 

The book was pretty slow in the beginning and middle. There were some good laughs, and i love that Belle is trying to find a vampire to bite her instead of just happening to stumble upon one like in Twilight. I didn't like how annoying Belle was about the things that Edwart did that made her think he was a vampire. She would point every single one out and often times being saying it out loud on accident. I did very much like that at the end it turned into its own story. If you end up reading this novel and think all hope is lost and it will never pick up, wait till you get to the cemetery scene, because thats when it finally gets good. 

I dont think i am a parody person. I thought that i would get some good laughs out of reading a book that makes fun of a book i love and ending up just being bored with them. I found myself forcing myself to keep reading and not to give up. Although i really like how it ended and liked some of the parts here and there overall it just didn't do it for me. 

Rating: ♥ ♥ 2/5