Monday, August 16, 2010

Review of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (Twilight, #1)As you all can see, I've at long last decided to post my reviews of the Twilight saga. I've been debating doing so for a while. I started reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner today, which I intend to review within the coming weeks, so I figured I may as well share my reviews of the other books. I read Twilight last summer, so this is the review I wrote one year ago, with a few minor tweaks. I hope you enjoy hearing what I thought of this popular series!

Bella 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, Bella'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 Bella, the person Edward holds most dear.

Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.


After all of the hype about this book, I wanted to read it to find out what exactly everyone was so enthusiastic about. It's not meant to be a great work of literature, and I would like to note that in this review, I'm not trying to compare Twilight to the classics or any other book. As I read this book, I enjoyed the story enough, but didn't particularly enjoy the writing or the narration. However, I'm really curious to find out what will happen, and I've also heard that New Moon is better, so I do intend to continue reading the series.

Temptation and the idea of being different are both very important concept in this novel, and Meyer talks a lot about these in the context of the high school in Forks. I have to say that at times, I felt like Meyer shared every minute detail of the high school drama (who likes who, etc.), and grew a bit tired of that at times. I also didn't really like the fact that the story didn't really pick up until the last 100 pages. However, I did really like how she wrote about ideas of how vampires were formed and the American Indian legends surrounding vampires.

Another thing that bothered me about the plot is that Bella kept saying how in love she was with Edward. However, she only seemed to talk about how gorgeous and perfect he was. My personal opinion is that one tends to fall in love with someone based on more than looks and with the knowledge that the other person isn't perfect. There were also moments where Edward was kind of controlling of Bella and he wouldn't explain why at first, and at the time I had kind of a hard time relating to this because as I read, I was thinking, "Uh, at this point, I would be really wary and not overly trusting of this guy!" I'll be interested to see how Edward and Bella's relationship and views of each other transform throughout the rest of the series.

I also thought that Bella was kind of a whiny and over the top narrator. There was a lot of angst, and although everyone goes through that phase (I know I did), it did start to get old after a couple hundred pages. I also felt that sometimes the way Bella expressed herself was a little melodramatic. When I think about it more, I feel that because I disliked Bella and her voice as a narrator, I thought to myself, "I might enjoy Meyer's writing style more if it was told through a different character/narration."

On one last side note, in the end of this edition there are some discussion questions, one of them revolves around the fact that this is supposedly based off of Pride and Prejudice. Although I can see that they are both romantic comedies, I felt that in each work the characters wound up where they were at the end for very different reasons.

I hate to say it, but I am a little addicted, being drawn into the storyline :) I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next book!

7 comments:

  1. The Twilight books are such a guilty pleasure for me. They are really horribly written, a total rip off of such literary classics as "Romeo and Juliet" and "Wuthering Heights". Oh and Edward is a creepy stalker. Yet I can't keep away from them. Something about the series just sucks me in and leaves me wanting more.

    ~Jenn

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  2. I read these once and do plan to read them again at some point. Twilight was what made me a reader so I am obligated to love them.

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  3. Jenn,
    I for one don't really think Twilight rips off literary classics, because I don't think it has enough similarities to any of the ones I've read (I have yet to read Wuhtering Heights). However, I know what you mean about wanting more!

    Alex, I was a reader long before picking up Twilight, so I don't feel obligated to love it. That's awesome that it got you reading, though! It does annoy me when people say it's the "BEST SERIES EVER OMG EDWARD IS SO HOT" but they haven't really read anything else since picking these up. Thankfully, I don't know too many people who have done that.

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  4. The books get worst not better. They're one of the few books where i wouldn't condone book burning. Wait till Jacob falls in love with the baby, a 16 year old with a 2 year old(and they all have to marry and fall in love with the guys too. The poor children have no choice), the future stalking, abuse (it's ok to horribly mame a person as long as you loved them) , pedophilia, controlling behavior, and the shallowness doesn't get any better. It gets worst.

    Dear god the worst series every published...

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  5. Jedisakora, I've already read the whole series, and have to admit that Breaking Dawn is my least favorite. I appreciate you taking the time to comment on my review. However, next time you post a comment with spoilers in it, please make a note of it at the top of the post. While I love to discuss small details of book, I would hate for any of my readers to get spoiled. Thank you!

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  6. Your reaction was pretty similar to my initial reaction. It wasn't until after I read all of them that I declared myself a masochist.

    Nice review!

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  7. I know what you mean: I don't think the book's really like one of the classics, but I have to admit that I completely love these books. Twilight's the series that made me a complete vampire/Dark Romance junkie and I have so much to thank Stephenie Meyer for there!

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