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"Bloody funny. . . . A pitch-perfect spoof. . . . This comedic takedown . . . captures the hysteria of teenage longing and first love with just the appropriate amount of satire and quick wit." -The Observer's Very Short List

"Worth every pseudo-bloodsucking, angst-ridden page." -Entertainment Weekly

"Mocks All Things Vampire." -The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

The first volume of the Harvard Lampoon appeared in February, 1876. Written by seven undergraduates and modeled on Punch, the British humor magazine, the debut issue took the Harvard campus by storm. United States President Ulysses S. Grant was advised not to read the magazine, as he would be too much "in stitches" to run the government.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; a edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307476103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307476104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful By T. Dotts on November 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
It seems everyone on the planet has some level of familiarity with Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. Devoted fans eagerly awaited the next installment of the lengthy books. When the last book in Meyer's series appeared in August 2008, the books' fans switched their anticipation to movies based on the books.

Thanks to a parody from The Harvard Lampoon, Twilight devotees now have something new to read, although Nightlight's humor may be better appreciated by Twilight's detractors.

Nightlight pulls no punches in its entertaining vivisection of Meyer's mythos. Situations and characters from the source material are stretched, inflated and mutated to comic proportions. Twilight's Bella Swan becomes Nightlight's Bella Goose; the original's quirky lack of coordination becomes the parody's death-defying clumsiness. Edward Cullen, the vampire heartthrob, becomes Edwart Mullen, a "venture meteorologist with a bent for slowly accumulating money from .0001-cent web ads."

Edwart is not a vampire. A fact Bella Swan doesn't let stop her in her obsessive pursuit to date a vampire and have him turn into one of the undead. After all, Edwart doesn't eat his baked potatoes, snowflakes magically melt when they touch his skin, and he is able to resist the charms Bella is sure she possesses. All well-known signs of the undead to Bella, who manages to twist every coincidence to fit her world view.

The Harvard Lampoon takes every possible shot it can at Meyer's often clichéd writing and bizarre plot twists. Nightlight mimics Twilight's style perfectly, down to its mockery of New Moon's -- the second in Meyer's series -- depiction of Bella's months of depression.

True Twilight fans may bristle at Nightlight, but they're also the ones who can appreciate it the most.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By PiratePerian on November 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I hold that there are three kinds of people in this world:
- People who like/love Twilight
- People who dislike/hate Twilight
- People who live under a rock

And here's the thing -- every one of those people should read this book. It has, of course, everything one expects from a good parody: exaggerated new characters that lovingly poke fun at Meyer's originals, stylistic jabs (two words: blank pages), and Strong Opinions about sparkly vampires. But those things, though all done extremely well, are a given. And they've been done many times. There are Twilight parodies all over the internet, and a couple that have even seeped onto the shelves somehow.

What sets this one apart, though, is our heroine. Belle Goose is a clever hybrid of Twilight's Bella and... well, every girl of a certain age who has read Twilight and longed for an Edward of her own. When Belle moves to Switchblade, OR, she just KNOWS that every boy in her school is madly in love with her. After all, not only is she the new kid, but she maintains a studied indifference to her appearance that she knows can't possibly be anything but attractive.

But she isn't interested in any of them. She is interested in Edwart Mullen, the nerdy boy in the corner who has a strange taste for blood -- and who is quite obviously being tortured by his vampiris instincts, which tell him to either ravish her or kill her... or both. He doesn't tell her any of this, of course, but he doesn't need to. Our Belle is a woman of the world. She can't possibly be wrong.

What follows is the story of Belle pursuing her dream, which is to become the paramour of a vampire. I can't even tell you how much I laughed (and sometimes snickered...
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By WordCynic on January 12, 2010
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I'm proud to be one of those people who loves to hate Twilight, but had somehow never heard of this book. Luckily a close friend made an inspired choice while gift shopping for me.

This book skewers Stephanie Meyer's atrocious writing so perfectly, I burst out laughing after reading the first sentence. By the end of the first page, in which the authors had already used 17 adjectives too many and laboriously described the protagonists' entire outfit and seated position in relation to objects in the car, I was in stitches.

Unfortunately, I fear the wealth of the humor will be lost on those who have not actually read Stephanie Meyer's excuse for a novel, but there's there's plenty more than her writing style being mocked here.

For example- lots of negative reviews here are posted by Twilight fans who claim to be able to laugh at it, but still didn't enjoy the parody. I think what they're missing is the ability to laugh at themselves. This book is part parody, part commentary. Towards the end the plot veers drastically from the source material in order to more effectively poke fun, not at Twilight itself, but at the teenage girls who can't seem to take it seriously enough.

That was a clever turn I did not expect to find in the book, but it makes the whole thing even more hilarious. (And sometimes cringe-worthy. I both laughed and cried when Belle demanded that Edwart stop treating her respectfully.)

Some of the negative reviews complain that the characters are stupid and the events of the plot absurd. I would direct them to the dictionary definition of the word "parody," in which elements of the source material are exaggerated for comedic effect.
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