Monday, February 22, 2010

Review NIGHTLIGHT: A PARODY by The Harvard Lampoon

by The Harvard Lampoon
Published November 3rd 2009 by Vintage
Paperback, 160 pages

Placement in the Pile: Middle of the Stack

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.

Sounds hilarious right? Well it is, at times, but not always. There are moments that made me stop and laugh out loud, and quote it to all my friends and family that have read Twilight. Other times I felt like the book was dragging because they were trying too hard.

This book is so poorly written, on purpose, that I had to keep reminding myself at times that it is meant to be bad. It certainly is expertly bad. If that makes sense at all.

Belle is even MORE annoying than Bella....if that is even possible.

In the end, if you read this a loud with someone who has also read Twilight, pretend to be Kristin Stewart narrating the whole thing, then the book will be even funnier. It's worth reading for those moments of complete laughter, but then again, I think a lot of the paordys you can find on YouTube are just as, if not more funny, and take less time investment.



Nice review, it sounds pretty funny but eh I don't think I'll read it :P

Ratliffs said...

Sounds like a good one for my husband and I to read together! Thanks for the review!

SB said...

oh disappointing. I was hoping this would be great!

Christina T said...

I've read some excerpts of this that were funny but I don't think I would be able to read the entire book. Thanks for sharing your review!