We got a PM from James at Ideal Living that NPR’s Monkey See “I will if you will” readers choice is “Twilight.” They poked fun at the Eclipse teaser for the trailer a few days ago and got the idea from one of their twitter followers that maybe they should actually read the books, at least one of them, to find out what all the fuss is about. They tweeted about the possibility and got a surprisingly positive response. So they went for it.
“There are several reasons to do this. One is curiosity. Another is just tasting what’s in the water in the culture you’re living in. If you fear it will be bad, consider the fact that if the book is actually bad, you can say the book is bad and actually know what you’re talking about, instead of relying on the many other people who say the book is bad. If you’re going to crack on it, you might as well have something informed to say. Another is that if the book is 90 percent bad and 10 percent good, you will be surprised by the 10 percent.”
There are rules involved, including the one where they ask that those of us who have already read the book and might get upset by people not liking the book, they ask that we steer clear of their discussion. So folks, no hating on NPR if they don’t like the book! Personally, I want to applaud them for just giving it a try, something I know so many people are not willing to do. You may be pleased to know that they have another rule that says their readers really do have to give the book a chance and not just spout hate for the fandom.
They have a week to read and will discuss their findings on March 22. We will be checking back with NPR to see what their final verdict is, although given the comments on their blog, I’m guessing that many will be entertained by the story even if they don’t find the writing to be divine. Visit their blog for all the details.