Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Book Review: Nightlight by The Harvard Lampoon

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Vintage (November 3, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0307476103

ISBN-13: 978-030747610
Buy the book: Amazon

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.

My Review

Okay, so let me start with the fact that, yes, as shocking as it may be, I have read Twilight. So, after reading my review of this awesomely genius book, you can't use the excuse of, "You haven't read it, you don't understand!" I have read it. So, to all you Twilight fans, (And possible Harry Potter haters) I mean no disrespect in the following review. Your opinion is your own, and you are entitled to it.

Sorry. I had to let it out. So, now that you know my opinion of these books, you will understand my excitement when I discovered this book. There I was, rifling through a pile of books at a second hand book sale, and I stumbled across this wonderfully cool book. And let me tell you, it is... wonderfully cool.

Alright, confession time. This isn't exactly my book. Abigaile, my sister, is the one who found and bought this book. So, my above statement is quite false. One day, I successfully stole it from her bedroom and, when she asked about it, convinced her that she had simply misplaced it. And, she believed me. Which was pretty surprising.

Nightlight was an excellent parody to a not-so-awesome book. Belle Goose is actually really similar to the character Bella Swan. Pretty much everything Belle says in the book is just what Bella says at that moment in different words. It's completly hilarious to read and realize that this author is trying to make fun of this book when in reality he's just putting this book into different words, changing some plot details, and there you have it. A friggen' funny book.

If you have read Twilight, watched the movies or know any thing at all about this sparkly-phenomanon, you will most likely love this book. Now, for you Twilight lovers out there, I honestly can't say. If you are the laid-back type of fan, it's a possibility that you will find this quite humorous. If you are a hard-core, Team-Edward/Team-Jacob kill-a-member-of-team-that-isn't-the-one-you-like type of fan (who is also easily offended) there might be a possible chance that you might not like this book, maybe. So... if you are one of those fans and you read this book and you hate it, I, Austin, am not responsible for this. So, you cannot do horribly awful things to me. Because Twilight may have sparkly vampiers, shirtless werewolves, and creepy human-vampier hybrids who age insanely fast, but us non-Muggles have wands, man-horses, cloaks that make you invisible, and Emma Watson.

Edwart is right. Nintendo is better then Atari.


  1. I loved Nightlight! I first saw it at my local bookstore, where someone had put a copy of it in front of each Twilight book. It's so hilarious. Great review!

  2. LOL that summary is hilarious, so probably the book is, too! I haven't read the Twilight series (or watched the movies) but this one I want to read ;) I believe you when you say it's wonderfully cool! Great review! :)

  3. Bahahhahaa! You are completely awesome for writing this review. I'll admit I loved the first three pages, but it seemed to get kind of old to me after a few chapters. That's just me though. I have to say that it was a good attempt.

  4. lol I loved Nightlight. My friend and I ended up showing it to our teacher so we could discuss the series and parody in Popular Fiction class.
    What's too bad about Twilight is that the premise was good but the characters were so bland. In Nightlight, at least it's using it for humour.

  5. This is on my wishlist - even though I liked Twilight. I am not one to get upset at another book making fun of a very hyped book. I did read Barry Trotter and the Unauthorized Parody and liked it, so I am sure as a fan of Twilight I will still love Nightlight. :)

  6. That was such an amusing review! Good job! Okay, now I'm going to buy the book :) Nothing like a few good laughs over Bella...

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  8. Hahahaha! "And Emma Watson" Brilliant!
    I personally wouldn't read it - I've had enough of Twilight :)

  9. Austin,

    Kudos to you for being brave enough to just come out and say it. I liked Twilight, however, I can completely understand why some people wouldn't like it - there are some discrepancies with the book that are beyond reproach. Also, I think the worst thing that can happen to ANY book/any movie is OVERHYPE, and this series became target to that.

    But all that being said...ultimately...after reading Nightlight, I think I'll most definitely give it a try! Thanks for reviewing it & recommending it!

  10. Hehe. I've been curious about this for the longest time, but I haven't seen it in the bookstores here, yet.

  11. I love the Twilight series (because of Jacob) but I would really love to read this book. haha, it sounds funnay and cute(:

  12. "creepy human-vampier hybrids" kkkk... That's exactly the way I describe that Reneesmee (how many "e" does this have?!) thing! Sometimes I just say "that mutant baby"...

  13. I read parts of Nightlight out loud to my 16-year-old son. One of my favorite parts of the book was when she met her father at the airport.

    In my opinion, if you've read Twilight, you should read this one. You'll laugh your butt off. The main character is spot on.

    LOVED it. And it makes me take the vampires in my own series less seriously.


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