Our dear pal Kathy the Cake-Eater sends along an outstanding article entitled How Twilight Works.  A sampling for your pleasure:

First off, the author creates a main character which is an empty shell. Her appearance isn’t described in detail; that way, any female can slip into it and easily fantasize about being this person. I read 400 pages of that book and barely had any idea of what the main character looked like; as far as I was concerned she was a giant Lego brick. Appearance aside, her personality is portrayed as insecure, fumbling, and awkward – a combination anyone who ever went through puberty can relate to. By creating this “empty shell,” the character becomes less of a person and more of something a female reader can put on and wear. Because I forgot her name (I think it was Barbara or Brando or something like that), I’m going to refer to her as “Pants” from here on out.

[Insert Bela Lugosi-like laughter here.]

Go and read the rest and be sure to check out the sparse yet hy-larious illustrations that go along with it.  The No Hot Beverages Rule will be enforced.

BTW, you may have noticed that the Cake Eater Chronicles have been recategorized in the Port-Swiller blogroll to the list of favorite sites that have slid under the table.  This is because Kathy has decided to retire the CEC, a move which I had an idea was coming, but nonetheless still saddened when it happened, as I consider Kathy to be one of my best bloggy-friends-I’ve-never-met-in-real-life.  She informs me that she probably will start blogging again at some point in another form.  All I can say is that I’m counting the days.