Thursday, March 26

Book Review: Twilight

Title: Twilight

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Pages: 498

Summary: “About three things I was absolutely positive. First Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him- and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be- that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

In the firs book of the Twilight saga internationally bestselling author Stephanie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationships ripens against the backdrop of a small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with a bite.

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Going into this book, I knew chances of me loving it or evening liking it a lot were slim. I read reviews, both good and bad and with the knowledge I have of the books, I knew I’d agree more with the bad reviews, but I read the book anyways for two reasons. One was because the hype it has received and I wanted to know why. Even great best selling books, don’t receive the hype and the fandom this book has received, and I really needed to find out why. The second reason is, the last time a book series was this hyped was Harry Potter, which at first I refused to read, on the bases it was for children/young adults, but eventually I did read it, loved it and had to take the foot out of my mouth, so I decided to give the book a chance.

Well I didn’t love it, but I didn’t want to throw the book across the room, or burn it either. Which is good thing, but the book for me was “just ok.” I really don’t understand the hype it has received, or the good reviews, for starters who ever edited the book, for both grammatical and content, should be fired. Seriously, the amount of times the same thing was mentioned over and over, got annoying really fast. I get Bella and Edward are in love, but seriously how many times do I have to hear “I love/like/can’t be without you Edward” and his reply “I’m dangerous/me too/ you smell good”. That happened about every other page. We get it, she loves him, he’s reluctant, he thinks she smells good, MOVE ON! My copy wasn’t as bad for the grammatical or other similar errors, but it’s a later/movie-tie-in I got from the library, so maybe they figured it out. But once in a while I saw a typo. Characterization was alright, but not fantastic and I really do not understand how Bella managed to get her self to the ripe age of seventeen. Because she nearly dies every time she moves. I’m a klutz and have tripped on my face a lot. But that’s nothing compared to her. I also don’t get the fascination with Edward, he’s a seventeen year old albino vampire, and exactly how is that sexy?

Writing was mediocre, which again brings me to the question why is this so famous? The story was alright enough for me to read to the end, and I will finish the series, although I’m in no big hurry to, but it isn’t that great of a book, in fact it’s just an okay book, whose series I’ll finish at some point. Maybe it will help me understand why it’s so famous, but I know how it ends. I called how it ends, without reading any one of the books or having any knowledge of any of the books. And I was 99% right except for one detail, but that’s about it. But, the book is no way worth the hype, it a book about a romance, with a vampire, which an okay plot to back it up.

Would I recommend it to read: If you’re a 14 - 17 year old girl, yes. I think most would like it, there is probably a lot of girls who could relate to Bella. And it’s a very “chick-lit-romance”. For adults, or older readers, I’m not sure. If you are looking for a mindless read and like vampire stories, give it a try. But other than that, maybe don’t waste your time, it isn’t this amazing read, that hype it’s received is very overrated.

What to read next: The rest of the series (Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn I think that’s the order…..I know breaking dawn is the last one…..) If you’re an adult and like vampire stories, maybe Anne Rice is the way to go. She’s been on my shelf for a while. For more young adult stories, I’m at a loss, I’m not an expert on it or anything, and I shy away from them, because I tend to dislike the moaning and groaning of angsty teen/young adult stories.(Sorry YAs, but I can only take so much melancholy my life is so horrible, I hate high school etc.)

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6 comments:

  1. I found your review through Callapidder Days.

    Good and fair review. I have been reluctant to read the series as it doesnt sound like my kind of thing.

    I read "The Host" and was not terribly impressed to be honest.

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  2. My 14-year-old daughter and I read this -- we weren't wild about it either. She may be the only girl of her age in the U.S. who's not mad about Edward Cullen.

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  3. I put off reading this on for a long time, but I teach high school and if I wanted to be able to talk to my students about anything relevant outside the classroom, I was going to have to read it. I liked it because it was a quick read and I enjoyed the development of the story. I however, did not like the next 3 books and I refuse to see the movie, as I like the picture of the story in my head far better than one a director could create.

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  4. I watched the movie. It was terrible. Although some of the actors were close to how I pictured them, like Alice, Charlie, Jacob, and pretty much the Entire Collen family (except Jasper and Edward, Jasper looked similar to Carlise in my mind, and Edwards hair was just bad...).

    One of my main issue with the movie was the terrible acting. 90% of the time the actress Bella looked like she was about to have an aneurysm or something. She had this half mouth open heavy breathing through the entire movie. And looked slightly like she was on drugs..... bad. The only thing I liked about the movie was the portrayal of Carlise. I think they did great with that. But the movie in general seemed to be produced way to quickly and some actors need to brush up on their skills or get some medical attention.

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  5. Hi from another book loving Julie! Great review, I think you may appreciate the final book in the series a little more.

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  6. Always nice to see fellow bookworks out there that share my name! :)

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