Review: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

The Blurb: 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, 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. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife—between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

The Short Stick: Vegetarian vampires that play baseball

My Thoughts: I realized the other day that I read Twilight back in 2009 and I didn’t review it, so here’s a very belated review.

I saw the movie first. It was the only time I sat in a movie theater feeling embarrassed, awkward and nervous the entire time. I’ll admit that I bought the movie and watched it a few too many times to count. I kept trying to figure out why it was popular, and so like a puzzle I had to decode, I kept watching it.

My best friend told me the read the books around the same time so I picked them up at Wal-Mart and began reading. The first book was nothing like the movie. The meadow scene for instance was done completely differently, and the Bella from the book was nothing like Kristin Stewart. I got a different mental picture in my head for both Bella and Edward and fell in love with Alice.

I’ll go into the other books in the next few weeks because this was the first YA book I’ve ever read. I’m serious. I read a lot of middle grade books when I was 12 and 13, and then when I was in High School my teachers were pressing One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Fall On Your Knees into my hands. I missed YA somewhere between Junior High and High School and half the time that was because YA wasn’t popular and because YA wasn’t filled with rich, educational stories.

Funny how Children’s Books strive to teach children, Middle Grade books strive to teach and entertain kids, YA books strive to entertain kids and keep them reading something, anything and Adult books are either for fun or are for careful dissection.

Twilight wasn’t the type of book that my teachers would have let me read when I was a teen. It was for lack of a better term, a fluff book, meant to soak up an afternoon, but not meant to make me think.

The thing is, Twilight did make me think. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t a teen when I read it, or maybe it’s because at the time it was popular I was trying to mold my own book into something readable. All I had written since high school was non-fiction, essays, doctoral dissertations, master thesis, etc. etc. I hadn’t written anything fictional in a long time. Meyer was my first excursion back into fiction. She’s what made me realize that my book didn’t need to be incredibly detailed, accurate or action packed. I began to see other problems with character development, dialogue and plot.

For the record, I did like the first book. I didn’t identify with Bella or Edward or Alice at all but since I had nothing to compare them to, I liked them.

Now that I’ve read over a hundred different YA books from a variety of genres and series I can’t say that they’re my favorite characters, but they’ll always be my first. I guess that counts for something right?

Comments ( 6 )

  • ~Sara @ Just Another Story says:

    I hated the Twilight books. Breaking Dawn was the only one I kind of liked. I think Stephenie is a horrible writer. But I love the movies. I don't really know why. All I do know is that I love the movies.

  • Maria says:

    The good thing about the Twilight series, is it got a lot of young people reading, yes the writing was bad, but after people read it they wanted more and moved on to find better books.

  • Ciara Ballintyne says:

    I haven't read Twilight either. Or seen the movies. I missed YA fiction altogether, jumping to adult epic fantasy when I was 10. I occassionally dip back into it now, when I find something that inspires me, but Twilight has not done so.

  • Amy says:

    When I first read the Twilight series I remember liking them. I remember there being something substantial about them compared to the movies (which I don't like). Right now I'm afraid to re-read the books for fear that I'll find them as bad as the movies.

  • Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue says:

    Oh <i>Twilight</i>. I read it in…8 hours. Sat at the kitchen table to start it and looked up and I was finished. There were some things I loved, and, now I&#39;ve re-read it, a lot that I disliked. I am happy that so many teens and even adults picked up reading as a hobby because of this series, though! <br /><br />That said, I wouldn&#39;t pass up the opportunity to cheerfully strangle

  • Anonymous says:

    I&#39;ve always hated Vampier movies until Twilight came out…my friend had to drag me there…but when it was over I left caring about edward and bella and wanted to know more…now ..i have to tell u I want more then anything for u too continue written about Leah …PLEASE . I would run out in a heart beat the read it and pay any amount. I want to hear more about the break up, how they fell

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