I'm tired of people trying to justify the 'Twilight is better than Harry Potter' thing.
"OMG EDWARD & BELLA 4EVER!" "I WISH MY BF WAS HOT LIKE EDWARD!!!!1!!11"
People, Twilight isn't a book, its firewood. The Harry Potter series out-awesomes it by A LOT.
1. The Harry Potter Characters are believable. The Twilight ones make no sense.
Just a few examples,
Harry is hotheaded, skinny, small for his age, has bad vision, and has the occasional 'idiot moment'. He is willing to give up his girlfriend because he might die, not because he's "dangerous." He grows incredibly well as a character, starting out as an unsure little kid, and ending as a brave, skilled adult wizard who eventually saves the world from being taken over. Sure, he goes through an annoying-whiny stage, but he had a reason (the ministry lying about him and making him a total laughingstock) and when a certain doggie died *sob* he managed to calm down and go on with his life. *coughBellacough*
Edward is a totally hot "vampire" that has no personality, no feelings, and is a stalker that watches his girlfriend sleep at night. I mean, if some fat guy with a stained T-shirt and thick glasses acted like that the fans would toss the books out a window, but noooo! If the character is hot, creepy behavior is totally okay! He is the perfect guy, and his only flaw is not having any flaws. People, this kind of person does not exist! Edward is unrealistic and just plain creepy. But, hey, he sparkles! SPARKLES!!! He doesn't even have fangs.
Bella is a whiny #%$% who is a complete Mary Sue. If your guy left you, no sane person would curl up into a sad little emo ball and threaten to kill herself! Face it; he dumped you, GET OVER IT! Also, she is said to be 'shy'. What shy person would compare the people being nice to her on her first day to dogs? I would be grateful! I am shy, and I would never act that way to someone who was helping me in a new home. Also, clumsiness isn't endearing, people don't like it and make fun of you for it. Can you say 'Mary Sue'? Bella is such a damsel in distress; she can't get through anything without her knight in shining armor coming to her rescue. The poster child for anti-feminism.
Hermione is smart, funny, and pretty, but not without flaws. She's kind of nerdy, a bookworm (I'm seeing some similarities to me here) and does not fall in love with Ron immediately, like a certain Mary Sue I know. She does not make friends the second she walks into school, and only befriends Harry and Ron after they save her from a troll. Not so say she is completely helpless, because she can take care of herself. She has funny moments, and is a very well thought-out character.
Ron is funny, awkward, adorable, and someone you just want to hug. But he does have his flaws. Ahem, *glares at Edward*. He gets jealous of his friends and is a bit of a hopeless case when it comes to understanding feelings. (Which only makes me want to hug him to death more) He has so many random and/or idiot moments, he is one of the most believable characters to me.
Just a note --
Lupin/Jacob: I know the conventional idea of a werewolf is a creature transforming every full moon, but that was mostly generated by Hollywood. The traditional idea of a werewolf is of a human who, through magic or heredity, can transform into a large, demonic-type wolf when the need arises, or when they just want to. Sometimes the myths tell of one that transforms into a wolf against their will, but not every full moon, usually it is on Christmas Eve or for six days a week. I just wanted to clear that up for the people who yelled at me about my story that involves the olden myths. I do not like Jacob, or Twilight, or their idea of a werewolf, I follow the traditional definition. (Although I must admit, Lupin kicks Jacob's you-know-what.)
2. The plot
Harry Potter is about a boy who, when he was a baby, lost both of his parents to a twisted dark wizard named Voldemort. Voldemort was unable to kill him, but in the process, Harry was forever scarred and Voldemort seemingly destroyed himself. Ten years later, Harry discovers that he is a wizard and goes off to Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he makes two new friends and they go off on an adventure, where he discovers that Voldemort is still alive and, though not able to inhabit his own body, thirsting for revenge. Harry fights off Voldemort, who was unable to touch him because of the sacrifice of Harry's mother to save her babies life. Harry then goes on to learn how his parents were betrayed by their best friend, then learned that the person who took the blame was framed, and the real one is Ron's rat, Scabbers. Voldemort returns in the fourth book, killing the character who is played by the same guy as Edward (heh heh). Harry begins to get hot-headed and his temper flares easily in tOotP. He learns either himself or Voldemort are destined to kill the other. The wizarding world is thrown into turmoil. At last, Harry defeats Voldemort in a final battle. There is love, pain, death, fear, battles, drama, action, hate, and comedy.
Twilight is about a Mary Sue who falls in love with a Gary Lou and then the Gary Lou leaves her so Mary Sue becomes emo and then falls in love with a 'werewolf' and then gets her Gary Lou back and ignores the wolfboy and then has a demon child whilst breaking her spine and shattering her pelvis. And she names the kid 'Renesmee.' You've got the basic idea. (Renesmee? WTF... argh!)
3. Other random things
The writing itself in Twilight is atrocious. Meyer mentions how hot Edward is on every...freakin...page!! I get that he is a personification of pure perfection! Stop telling me!
Harry Potter has action that is not in random places. Twilight was so boring, it was like Meyer thought at the end of the first book, 'oh crap I need drama, let's slap three random bad vampires in quick!' The battles in Harry Potter make sense!
Voldemort has a backstory, a sad one. The bad guys in Twilight do not.
Twilight is loved by mostly prissy teenage girls and creeps. Harry Potter can please all ages, and pretty much every type of person, from people who think books are paperweights to bookworms, I've seen them all enjoy Harry Potter.
Harry Potter has a good message, Twilight does not. Harry Potter sends the message that love conquers all, but not the obsessive, demented love. It also tells that immortality is boring, painful, and does more harm than good. It states that if someone who is dear to you dies, you can mourn them but eventually you have to move on. Twilight states that women cannot live without their dream man, and that it's okay to love someone for their looks only. It says that if your dream guy leaves you, then go slit your wrists and jump off a cliff. It also says that immortality is a happy thing, and it solves all problems. Yeah, right.
4. The Myerpires themselves.
They sparkle. They don't have fangs. They are not vampires. Real vampires are undead corpses that crawl out of their tombs at night, feed on the blood of the living, and return to their graves before dawn in order to aviod the deadly touch of sunlight. Real vampires are weakened by garlic, can be killed by a non-pine wooden stake driven through the heart, and are also killed/pained by the cry of a rooster, for it signals the arrival of the sun. They are not sparkling, fangless totally hot teens that feed on animal blood in order to not kill people. Real vampires now have been pushed aside by the Meyerpires.
This is my opinon. If a Twilight fan has a smart, reasonable comment to make, go ahead. But flames will not be tolerated, and I will not respond to flamers.