Friday, March 04, 2011

Nightlight: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon

Nightlight: A Parody by The Harvard Lampoon

Completion Date: February 12, 2011
Reason for Reading: Fun!
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.
Well, this was entertaining... You will find yourself pausing and going "What?" a lot as you read, though, and there will be laughing. First up, let me explain my thoughts on the series this is a parody of. I did like Twilight. I will admit it... If I had just read that book I might have been able to see it was worthwhile, but then I read the rest of the series and I was so annoyed! Then I started to think about Twilight more, and in retrospect, I don't like it anymore. Bella annoys me, there are some really silly plot ideas, and I have no idea why it couldn't be a trilogy. Also, I have never managed to finish Breaking Dawn. I have so many issues with that book it is not even funny. There are redeeming qualities, though. I really liked Alice.

Anyway, this book basically takes all the silliness of the series and plays on it. It was a lot of fun, but at the same time really stupid. I suppose that is the point, though. I was reading some of the parts to the cc's little guy while I was reading it. The other day we were in a drive-thru and he all of sudden said "Hey, I wonder if that U-Haul is the Belle drives?" The cc's niece is named Belle, so we were confused for a moment, but then it dawned on me he was talking about this book! The cc never did entirely figure out what was going on. So, yes, this is a book that will lead to very random conversations. Instead of a beat-up truck Belle drives a U-Haul and in one scene she uses the back of it to make a very large drink. Don't even ask... Read!

Some other funny things are the fact that they make a very big deal about her clumsiness. There are fires and accidents and other random things that will make you laugh at their insanity. She makes fun of Belle's popularity with the guys. Instead of them chasing her around, Belle just assumes that anyone that talks to her loves her. All your favourite cast of characters are sort of included. There isn't much of an appearance from Edwart's family, though. Also, Belle thinks Edwart is a vampire from the very beginning. That's a bit of a change. Even if you like this series, you can still enjoy this book. The person that lent it to me actually loved the original series, but she still read this book.

An interesting way to spend the afternoon...


  1. Goodness. At first I thought you misspelled Edward. I am certain this is not a book for me.

  2. I heard about this book when it came out, and it sounded hilarious! I am glad you were able to read and enjoy it.

  3. I've heard of this one and it sounds funny. Great review ;)

  4. Oh, I'm the opposite of Care in this instance! Must find!! I love a good parody. They're pretty much always ridiculously fun, as long as the author doesn't take his or herself too seriously. Thanks for the review!

  5. Wow. I had exactly the same experience as you with Twilight. Only I gave up after the 2nd book! This sounds hilarious. :-)

  6. *Care: Yeah, rather silly, huh?

    *Aarti: Not something I need to own or read again, but fun!

    *naida: Thanks!

    *Nancy: Yeah, it was just really random... Fun, though!

    *Darla: I should have gave up...

  7. I'd not heard of this, and I'm so glad I found your review. I just put it on hold at the library. I'll have to see what I think of it. :) Breaking Dawn really turned me on the whole series.

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