I am a self-proclaimed grammar Nazi.
I won't go around correcting internet posts, or stopping someone mid-sentence. That's stupid and immature.
What I will do is correct PUBLISHED LITERATURE, as if I'm generous enough to call 'Twilight' literature.
Yes, I have a copy of Twilight (from my depressed, 8th grade emo phase). I went through it, and gave up on page 18 after finding 28, yes TWENTY EIGHT, grammatical errors, none of which were for literary effect.
I literally found two in the second sentence of the preface. First page.
"I'd had reason enough in the last few months --- but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this."
First. You cannot say "I had had." Think about it.
Second. In the second portion: Even you had what?? You had just subsequently said that you 'had had reason enough.'
Not four lines after, this little gem appeared.
No subject, no verb, not even an exclamation.
Although Stephanie Meyer is to blame for her terrible lack of writing skills, what I want to know is: WHERE WERE THE EDITORS IN ALL OF THIS?
Her misuse of the semicolon bugged me to the extreme as well.
In Eclipse on page 619, the grammar error I found, and I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed it, but it says "who's definition of right?" when it's clearly supposed to be "whose definition of right?" It's been driving me insane.
Somewhere in the beginning of New Moon, lighted is used as the past tense for the verb "to light." The past tense of "to light" is lit.
What have been pointed out so far are mainly typing errors - but yes, the books are FULL of grammatical mistakes.
For example, page 119 of Twilight (my version):
"The birds were quiet, too, the drops increasing in frequency, so it must be raining above."
It should be "it must have been raining above." Think about it.
Then, on page 61, there's a line that ends with "me and my lab partner" rather than "my lab partner and I". It may be okay for spoken English, but in a book? And it's not even just these, there are dozens of mistakes.
My problem I just discovered, in New Moon when she refers to Romeo and Juliet, p.17 "...he's in love with Rosaline..." then later on p. 370 "What if Rosalind had given him the time of day..."
How do you mess that up with a name used twice in the book... I mean really. It drove me insane to read that...
I'm not sure which book it's in, but she kept capitalizing Dumpster. It drove me bananas!
I'm re-reading Eclipse at the moment and so far have noticed at least 8 grammatical errors the latest being: Ch 21. Trails, 2nd paragraph, 2nd sentance after the 2nd comma; "and I needed come to grips with the consequences." It should be I needed TO come to grips with the consequences.
All these errors are really starting to annoy me. I am so precise with my wording and all these mis-spellings and words left out are driving me insane.
It's because Smeyer doesn't have an editor.
Yes I have. Hahaha!! I was just sitting here reading, and I was like, "Okay, am I just crazy or should this be "they"?" Hahaha.
I'm a grammar nut but many of these errors area kind of artistic license. First of all, I have seen the phrase "I had had.." in modern and classic literature. Microsoft word doesn't even consider it a repeated-word error.
If you want to nitpick, did you know that the glow worm in James and the Giant Peach changed genders throughout the book? Or that if we tried to get away with sentences along the likes of James Joyce or Jane Austen they'd be marked as run-ons? Jeez people find a new hobby; if you don't like it because it is trying to fit a mold of perfect grammar that does not even exist in reality in any shape or form, then don't read it.
I totally get not liking it, but it's probably the prejudice against the saga that is making many label typos and things the publisher overlooked in a novel exceeded 400 pages seem like mountains when they are barely molehills. It's not the grammar that's wrong with it, rather so much else.
I have to agree with the mistakes of Twilight and I don't know if you feel the same but it isn't a good novel. Anyway, to the GUEST who quoted this; "The birds were quiet, too, the drops increasing in frequency, so it must be raining above."
It should be "it must have been raining above."
I think the book is right though. You see, because the drops are increasing in frequency tells that it is in fact still raining. 'must have been' is more of something having happened over a period of time but 'must be' hints towards a guess. :) Either way it can still be used.
Yes god I found so many errors and I must blog about it!
There are a lot in the whole saga! Like in Twilight she writes "dust moats" and in Breaking Dawn she calls them "dust motes". Just one of the many things I've picked up reading and re-reading the books.
Holy crap yes what is up with that! Theres an error on page 354, it says I was flipping though the channels....??? Weird
You're just crazy. You try writing 4 books and catch EVERY grammar mistake; yeah, not happening. I've been writing for three years (Completing an English Major) and I STILL make mistakes. Simple ones like forgetting a quotation mark or adding a period instead of a question. None of us are perfect, even if you think you are.
To the person who said this; Ive noticed there's no ending quotations on MANY many paragraphs
First of all, don't criticize Stephenie Meyer for grammar when you are horrible at it yourself. I saw 3 mistakes the first time I read it.
Secondly, there are certain places where you can leave the ending quotation out. Google it.
To the person to said this; Holy crap yes what is up with that! Theres an error on page 354, it says I was flipping though the channels....??? Weird
Um, yeah, and? There's nothing wrong with that sentence.
To the person who said this; It's because Smeyer doesn't have an editor.
And you know this because...? Don't believe everything you read/hear.
For the person who started this; Grow up and get a life. Like I said before, everyone can't be perfect. I'm sure the 'Harry Potter' series has more than one grammar mistake!
Ive noticed there's no ending quotations on MANY many paragraphs
I don't find other mistakes.