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Twilight- Stephanie Meyer

Okay so ya'll knew it was coming. With the popularity of Twilight at its peak with the movie coming out a week ago it seems like everywhere I look people are talking about Twilight. There are people who absolutely love it and think its the best thing since sliced bread and then there are people who think that its the worst kind of emo drivel.

To be honest I was going to stay out of it. I had requested the book from the library but I knew that I wouldn't be getting it for a while because of the popularity. It just so happened when I went over my in-laws my sister-in-law came gushing over to me asking if I'd read Twilight yet. She'd just finished the book and let me borrow it because she knew I was into vampires.

So I just finished Twilight today. I have to say that I was underwhelmed. I mean parts of the book were good but for the most part Bella seemed pretty whiney to me and I felt like telling Edward to leave the brooding and self loathing to Angel. He did it first and he did it better. Maybe its just because I wasn't a whiney teenager and I'm used to stronger more independent characters like Anita Blake.

I had a hard time getting into the book. The Bella and Edward's interaction seemed to be lacking any chemistry beyond "You're beautiful" and "You smell good". I have to admit that I was really able to put it down for about a week after the wood scene when we learn that Edward SPARKLES in the sun. I give Meyer credit for doing something different with the vampire mythology but the sparkling vampires took just about all of the scary out of the book. I mean why not just put the guy on a unicorn and make him every 5 year old little girls' dream come true.The only time the book got interesting was when Bella was in danger because of James. James seemed like he could have been a really menacing villian but he just wasn't given enough screen time to develop. Just when we were discovering how diabolical he was whoops Edward comes into the rescue and there goes James. Oh and I'm hoping we see Victoria again cause Meyer completely just left that hanging. 

The ending of Twilight really frustrated with me. It seemed like Bella learned nothing from her experience and all she could think of was being with Edward "forever". I actually felt bad for the guy. His girlfriend is begging him to kill her and thinks he's selfish when he doesn't turn her. Bella seemed incredibely immature and selfish at the end of the book and I actually began to like Edward just a bit. I hope that lasts because from what I hear he turns a bit controlling and weird in the later books. We'll just have to wait and see.

So overall maybe a  5/6 out of 10. Any other opinions or comments.
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I agree with you totally and completely. While I do like the book/series, it also is a very good example of why i prefer fanfiction to the actual book. Personally, I've read fanfic that have characterized all of the characters better than the actual author.

Also, Victoria does make a return appearence. She's the main antagonist for pretty much all of the next two books, New Moon and Eclipse.
I'm glad to hear that Victoria will be back and that she'll last a little longer than James. I think Meyer just missed a great opportunity with James and threw him into the quick disposable villian box.
Agreed. I thought it might have been fun if James had gotten away. To my mind, that's what really should have happened.

All of those vampires (who are ecceedingly sensitive to the scent of blood, especially human blood) just waltz into the studio and kill James, just totally ignoring the fact that there's a ton of blood around until they're done? I don't think so. They probably wouldn't have even been able to go inside the building, except maybe Carsile. And even if Carsile had interfered, James still probably wouldn't have been destroyed, or even hurt very badly, in this scenario because of Carsile's aversion to violence.
I won't comment on the other books because you haven't read them, except to say that by book 4 I was utterly disappointed. Yes, I found Edward a controlling Angel-wannabe as well and Bella just became too obsessed with him too quickly for my liking. I took the movie with a grain of salt and it wasn't too bad as a vampire movie--I've seen much much worse. I guess all I can see is that Meyer hit her target audience perfectly and others just went along for the ride LOL
Maybe I just don't understand the mass appeal cause I wasn't an angsty teen. =P
LOL Apparently they're the only kind worth promoting to these days...then again the Lindsay Lohan obsessors piss me off even more so...Sigh. Can't have nothin' nice.
Ugh, I couldn't agree with you more. Very well said. Meyers could have done so much more with her lead characters but didn't develop them past the point of obsessive twelve year olds and it was a disappointment to read. Bella needed to be a strong female heroine and the plot seemed to try and make her but then she'd open her mouth and whine and obsess and just ruin it. And Edward kept saying he was the monster and that she should stay away from him but he never showed her any reason why she should be (After all, they never age, stay extremely beautiful, are very strong, have nice things, live in a nice house, etc). And then there is the plot; recycled Romeo and Juliet and I didn't even like it the first time around! IMO, the secondary characters like James and Alice and Carlisle were WAY more intresting and were actually the better read.
I totally agree. I would probably pick up a book about Alice, James, Carlisle, Esme, Jasper, Emmett or even Rosalie if they were available before I read New Moon. But since they aren't available I guess I'll have to deal with the sequels.
AGREE! I stuck with the books because I loved all the rest of the Cullen clan. I gave up about a quarter of the way through book 4 though. I had ZERO interest in Bella or Edward.

Did you go see the movie? It was utterly made of FAIL. It was like they took everything horrible about the book and only used those parts!!


December 3 2008, 03:06:13 UTC 8 years ago

The Twilight series was my first intro to vampire books so I have nothing to compare them to, but I really liked them. Our local paper said the only people interested in Twilight are tweens and sexually frustrated middle aged women. Since I'm well out of my teen years, I guess that puts me in the other category. Didn't think so at the time! In any case, I enjoyed the books, but mainly because Meyer blew me away in the 2nd book, going in a direction I never dreamed she'd go, so after that I was anxious to see how else she would shock the reader. As it turns out, that was the only book with that much shock value, BUT each book has pretty suspenseful endings, I thought. Even book 4. There's actually some gory stuff in that one.

I've also read the vampire diaries, but they are also teen books. I guess I need to read an adult vampire book. Anyone got any suggestions?
I've read all the Twilight books and at the time, really enjoyed them. I fell for the whole "romance" part, but in all honesty, I kept reading for the action. Each book, in my opinion, had slow parts, but they all ended well with antagonists and suspense. I had to keep reminding myself, though, that they were written for young adults, hence the reason for keeping the sex and violence to a minimum.

Due to the over-commercialization of the books and all the screaming teenage girls and "sexually frustrated adult women" that have built this thing into a monster, I have renounced my "interest" in the whole thing. I hate following the crowd. It was entertaining, but I don't care to associate myself with those that have become obsessed by the whole thing.

I'm pretty new to the vampire books - SM's being my first and then a few other YA novels, so if you can recommend anything that is similar, with a little more action (yet not too gory), that'd be great!

I have read all four of the books and enjoyed them. It was easy to get caught up in the book, but once I was done I was disappointed that it all just happened so fast. They began instantly infatuated with one another and it really wasn't questioned by either of them. That is not very realistic to me. I do like the story line, but I think that if she'd just expanded it a few more books than it would have been better, it wouldn't have been so fairy tale.
The only one of her books that I would love to read again is The Host and I do own it. It was a predictable ending in a way. But It pulled me in and didn't disappoint me like the Twilight series did with the relationship forming within an instant.