I was thinking on the twilight books and others which seem to be either loved or hated, and though I would not like to defend bad writing in these books I want to ask, Why do so many people have a strong connection to these stories? I believe that if a character is real enough, accessible enough, compelling enough, then even really terrible writing can be overlooked by many people because they care deeply about that character. Is there something I can learn here? What can I put into my characters, that combined with [I hope] a much higher quality of writing, will have a similar pull on people? I wonder if the special something [sometimes the only special something in these books] is that the writer really deeply knew and cared and believed in those characters, those characters lived and talked and acted through that writers mind in a way that is truly compelling, and that sometimes that extra character oomph is missing from many otherwise brilliantly written books? What say thee?