Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife -- between desire and danger. "

When I first read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, I was a sophomore in High School.  I had always been into the fantasy fiction books but this was my first vampire books and I feel in love with the monsters.   Since then I’ve read The Vampire Diaries, The Sookie Stackhouse series, Anita Blake series, and many more.  I read Twilight in just a matter of days and flew through New Moon then had to wait months in anticipation for Eclipse, which became my favorite of the series.  I went and got Breaking Dawn at a midnight release and was extremely disappointed when I learned that Stephenie Meyer was no longer finishing Midnight Sun because some asshole leaked it on the internet.  Since then the movies have come out and my obsession has died down.  Maybe I’m just contrary and don’t like what everyone else does.  But Twilight will always have a special place in my heart.
When Bella Swan moved to Forks, Washington she didn’t expect to become Miss Popularity, let alone meet a guy.  But when she meets Edward Cullen her life turns upside down.  In a town that she thought she would be suffering silently in, she has found friendship and love.  But with the love comes a great price that could cost her, her life.  Twilight is a beautifully written story of first love with a new, sparkly take on vampires.

My Rating for this Book:

What I like about the twilight book is Bella and the fact that I find her very relatable. She is almost the universal teenage girl.  In Arizona she was uncool and invisible.  But in Forks she has all of these friends even though she still feels awkward and nerdy.  She’s clumsy, something that I can completely relate seeing as how I fall in the same spot on my drive way every year when it ices over.  She’s completely selfish and selfless all at the same time.  She is polar opposite of herself in a lot of ways at different points of the series but that allows everyone to be able to relate to her in some way.
I enjoyed the take on vampires and how the Cullen’s worked as a family unit, and my favorite one of the group had to be Alice by far. She almost seems to be the glue that holds things together.But there were a couple of things I didn't care for: I wish Bella had more confidence within herself, and I don't understand why vampires sparkle in sunlight. The writing was a bit young for my tastes as well, but that's speaking from a now standpoint versus when I began reading them in 10th grade.

Stephenie Meyer first book was Twilight, which as we all know went on to become a best-selling series and movies.  She originally formed the idea through a dream where she saw a young man sparkling in the sunlight.  She is also author of the best-selling book The Host which is in the process of being made into a movie as well. 

So how many of you guys read this series?  Fans?  Not so much?  Going to see the new movie?  Let us know!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When I read this, I felt the romance was too much at the middle part of the book. I could only handle too much. (I like adventure books more) But other than that, its really nice.