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Student Writer: Brendan Mitchell

This young man may sway the opinions of the biggest Twilight fans.

 

This week’s featured writer: Brendan Mitchell

School: Orville H. Platt High School

Age: 18

Grade: 12

Teacher: Mr. Irwin

What have you learned in school that makes you a better writer? To understand both sides of things and to clearly transfer what's in my head and on my mind onto paper in my writing.

What is your favorite book? The Harry Potter series.

What do you like to do outside of school? Do things with friends and keep up with sports and politics.

Brendan’s writing:

Harry Potter and the Battle vs. Twilight

In our society, we frequently come across choices that are evenly divided, and heatedly debated, between the two sides, important things such as Coke or Pepsi, chocolate or vanilla, vampire or werewolf, and most importantly of all, Harry Potter or Twilight.

Potterheads and Twihards alike have both attempted to defend their respective series, but to no avail. This debate ends now. Through genuine literary analysis, I will prove once and for all that this debate shouldn’t even be happening in the first place, and that Harry Potter is the superior book series compared to the Twilight saga.

Let me start by saying that the Twilight saga, by itself, is not an awful series, just merely a mediocre one. There are elements of the book that are flat-out awful, but I’ll get to that later.

In the Potter series, there are many deaths, some you could predict, many that you couldn’t. Twilight doesn’t have those deaths, the sacrifices that made you gasp and widen your eyes in shock and horror. Where is the suspense that grasps us and forces us to scan the pages as fast as we can, turning page after page because of a sudden death or some other tragic event? In the Twilight books, they simply aren’t there.

Read Brendan's convincing arguement for the Harry Potter series by clicking on the PDF.

Joanne Conte May 21, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Congratulations, Brendan, on your superb writing abilities and exceptionally written essay. Your writing is impeccable, the arguments you expressed are specific, and the overall essay is extremely persuasive. Your ability to convince readers that the Harry Potter series is superior to the Twilight series was remarkable because you absolutely accomplished your goal! I am proud of you, Mr. Irwin, your parents and all the other educators who contributed to your development as a writer. Sincerely, Mrs. Joanne Conte Supervisor of Language Arts (6 – 12) Meriden Public Schools

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