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“Twilight” series

Posted in Uncategorized by nanshi on May 31, 2008

by Stephanie Meyer.

And… a book review by moi.

There are three books presently in the “Twilight” series, with a fourth book slated for release in early August 2008. The three books that have currently been published are: Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse.

Cliffnotes version
I’m of two minds of this book/series/”saga”. On the one hand, I managed to get my hands on all three books and read them all in three days. But they’re not very difficult reading, so that wasn’t too surprising. Not to mention, I do think that Meyer has created a very very unique tale and environment, but at the same time, the story progresses as though it was written by a novice, and not an English lit. graduate. It almost reads like… a fanfiction (right down to the idealistic Mary Sue/Gary Stu-type characters, and the assumption that the readers already KNOW the characters, as opposed to fleshing them and their personalities out). Of course, this may just be limitations of the first-person perspective (which is a technique that I strongly dislike).

Still, it’s compelling and even though Meyer is not the most talented writer, she certainly is compelling enough to write a story in which I kept on reading (and I AM looking forward to the release of her next book)… which is, like I said, ironic and makes me a bit confused. I think her story and her characters were a bit two-dimensional, but it was good sugary nonsense to pass the time (not like I was doing much else anyways). Yes, it was cheese… but hey, who doesn’t secretly crave and love the cheesiness? Plus, it’s YA-lit. Do I expect a literary masterpiece out of YA-lit? Hardly. Although honestly, I can’t help but feel that in the hands of a much more capable writer, this story really really could’ve developed into something awesome (or MORE awesome, depending on your perspective)…. but then again, in the hands of another author, I don’t think this would really be able to qualify as YA-lit anymore…

Although I did want to slap Bella in the face repeatedly (especially in “New Moon”) and scream “ASSERT YOUR INDEPENDENCE AND GET OVER HIM YOU WEAKLING!!!!!” And I’m not exactly pro-feminist (and adore chivalry), but sometimes the way Edward treated Bella (or, correction: how Bella LET herself be treated by Edward) was very very irritating.

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General Synopsis: Even though each book is faily unique, there is one underlying plot-theme beneath it all. That is, Isabella Swan, or as she prefers it: Bella. Bella is a girl from Phoenix, Arizona — who after a brief set of circumstances (that aren’t really covered or broached in the books) moves to a small town in Washington state called Forks. Forks is ver very close to Alaska and the Canadian border and it is rainy and cloudy and gloomy about 85% of the time (ew). Depression, much? But I digress. There, she goes to small high school (student population around 350) and stumbles upon the rewnowned Cullen family.

The Cullens are gorgeous. I hang around Korean popstars and idols all day (hello Youtube), so I’m sure their beauty wouldn’t shock me, but for a commoner like Bella, they are completely unlike people she’s ever seen in her life. They’re porcelain and pale, with glimmering golden eyes and perfect hair. Y’know… those types that look good drussed up in a paper bag and dripping wet and sniffling all over in between bouts of vomiting because of the stomach flu… and still manage to look effortlessly beautiful compared to us mortals on even our best hair days. And Bella is preternaturally curious about the Cullens; they are so distant and apart from the rest in their own little world… but they still lower themselves enough to mingle with the mortals. And of course, their otherworldly beauty is a bit enticing as well. She all but openly drools at all of them. And Bella has a small altercation with a particularly beautiful Cullen named Edward.

Things progress as Bella becomes this small high school’s fascination with all the usual boys chasing after her simply because she’s the new girl in town. The author doesn’t go into elaborate descriptions about Bella (unlike the gorgeous Cullens)… but Bella is around 5’4” (um… 150cm’ish?), with big brown eyes, and dark [brown] hair, and very very pale skin. Along with the very pale skin is the obvious tendency to blush very easily. I have the feeling that the author purposely didn’t describe Bella in a very detailed manner because — and this is to mention that this book is what they call teenage/young adult literature, so no wonder it’s a bit trite and drivelly — she wants to paint the general picture that Bella is every girl and that every girl can have their little fantasy of Edward Cullen (oops, getting too far ahead).

Anyways, Bella eventually comes to discover that not only are Edward and all his “siblings” adopted, but they are also a strange clan of vampires who are “vegetarians.” As in, they have discovered a way to sate their craving(s) for human blood by drinking the blood of animals (mostly large wildlife) instead. These “vegetarian” vampires are willing to live amongst humans and do so quite enthusiastically (even though you wouldn’t really be able to tell). If you can’t tell where this is going, I’ll just spell it out for you now: Obviously, Bella becomes infatuated with Edward and they “fall in love.” I say this loosely because, if you haven’t realized yet, Bella is only 17 years old (irony here is that her birthday is September 13th, whereas MY birthday is September 14th. Freaky). What kind of freakin’ love can you know what you’re 17 years old?! “And I say that with all the love in the world.”

Naturally, the entire tale(s) spirals around Edward and Bella’s “doomed” love story and the little things that come in place because of Bella’s apparent attraction to danger (she’s quite accident prone and has a luck that could challenge even my excessively bad luck).

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Rantings.
Ah, my favorite part of this review. My thoughts.

The Twilight series is not without faults, but it is also surprisingly enjoyable. It’s teen-lit, so it obviously should be very readable. For such a popular series, I was a little surprised that it wasn’t available at my [very well-stocked] public library, so I managed to obtain it through other means. I’m still up-in-the-air about whether or not I should purchase it, if that might incline you (the reader of this review) to think about whether or not you should purchase the books. Nonetheless, I was still able to read all three books in three days. It’s an easy-breezy read and the book is enjoyable… as long as you take it at face value.

My biggest qualm with this series is that it was obviously written for teenagers. It’s not like some books that you can read at any age and take away from it a different message… no, this book is very superficial and shallow in that regards. Not to mention it’s written from first-person (Bella’s) perspective (which I HATE vehemently, btw). It is a bit confusing, and Meyer said that this book was based on a dream she had about a girl sitting in a meadow with a sparkling vampire (I know, laugh, I did too ^.^ !!), and it shows. There really is no incredible depth or background to her story. The second book in the series (New Moon) was surprisingly more thorough and I actually enjoyed it more than the first or third book(s). New Moon was a bit more thought out, and the protagonist in that story (Edward Cullen disappears for awhile, so the main male lead is a boy called Jacob Black) is much more well-developed than Edward Cullen.

Meyer literally took a Mary-Sue* and paired her up with her doomed Romeo-esque Gary-Stu* and wrote a fanfiction, and it managed to get published. Not that I criticize, of course, some of the best stories I’ve read have been fanfictions… she just had the luck to create original characters in a trite and drivelly manner which publishers and teen-lit fans lapped up.

For starter’s, there is this incredibly compelling attraction between Edward Cullen and [Isa]Bella Swan. No doubt there and no doubt about that. He shuns her (because he’s attracted to her blood), which leaves her bewildered, but then returns a week later and is openly friendly and calm and nice to her… which leaves her even more confused. Slowly, a tentative friendship builds up, BUT all too quickly does it build. It’s like one minute he’s hot, and she’s cold, then she’s hot, and he’s cold… and all of a sudden, they’ve realized that they’re in love and they can’t live without each other!! She’s patient, but she’s also overly eager because he is one seriously hot piece of ***. He finds her irresistibly attractive, but that also isn’t explained!! It’s one of those, “Oh, I feel so warm-and-fuzzy when I’m around him and he makes the whole world right… or sends my whole world spinning with just once glance!!” type of scenarios (which makes my blood boil because it drives me mad). AND SHE’S JUST 17!!!! How in the world does she know what love is?! Never once does Meyer really explain what she sees in him… not really. Just that there is an undeniable chemistry and passion between them.

That kind of stuff makes teen girls swoon everywhere when they read this kind of story, but it makes the [sometimes] rational part of me go, “WHAT?! What do they see in each other?! TELL ME, NOW!!!” I’m sorry, but I don’t believe in love at first sight. I think it is very possible to fall into lust at first sight and to be incredibly and undeniably attracted to someone at first sight, but I believe that love is a process. How can you love a person wholly and unconditionally without getting to know the person first? And NO, [your own] children do not count… that’s a bit different. I mean, I believe love is a natural progression of friendship… not the other way around (we fall in love and THEN become friends).

Edward is great; he was all born and raised in the early 1900s, so he’s all chivalrous and selfless and willing to do anything for Bella. Simply because she “completes” him (and I adore Edward, so I say that with all the love in the world). Because she’s perfect and his other half and everything that he could have wanted and more… BUT WHY?! Oh, I know that love isn’t rational and most of the times it’s insanely irrational, but there could’ve been a few more descriptive markers used to describe exactly why Edward loves Bella so much. The way she smiles, her resiliency, even her adorable tendency to fall everywhere at all time; her shyness; the fact that she’ll give up anything for those that she loves… ANYTHING.. but no… nothing beyond the bizarre and vague, “You smell lovely.” Again, this might be one of the limitations of writing a book from a first-person perspective (even more so when it’s Bella’s). Again, why this book irritates me… because Bella is so limited and all she sees is perfect-Edward… and we never see Edward, and I LIKE MY EXPLANATIONS, DARNIT.

The secondary characters are quite nicely developed, I would think. I like them. Heck, they have a lot more originality and uniqueness than picture-perfect Edward or even Bella. They’re super unique and well thought-out. Well, by secondary characters, I do mean the Cullen family. Anyone that you “meet” at Bella’s high school are just typical high school teens, nothing really special about them and as generic as they come. The other members of the Cullens? Whoo-boy. They’re really fun to read about and I wished there was more of their interaction (I adore Alice, I think she’s really great) than there was so much Bella+Edward angst… but alas, this books/series is Bella-centric, so obviously…

It’s amusing, because Edward is actually kinda stalker-freaky if you really think about it. Of course, this book was written for teenage girls, so all teen-girls swoon at Edward’s behavior. Cuddling with Bella in the night while her father is asleep in the next room, always knowing exactly where she is (and protecting her from harm), driving her places (or consistently offering to drive her place), drives the COOL car, rich (that’s my big one), etc.. and Bella is the noble one who refuses to relinquish Edward, but also strives to assert her independence. Again, I stress the fact that she is a meager 17 years old… like she knows what she wants at that age.

I mean, I get it, okay. I really do. What girl doesn’t like to feel coddled and protected all the time. But seriously, this is the 21st century. ASSERT YOUR INDEPENDENCE YOU SILLY LITTLE GIRL.!! I thought in the second book (“New Moon”) when Edward left, Bella would turn inward and find some [serious] self-confidence and pick up the broken pieces and continue on with her life, y’know? Getting a social life, etc etc. Not lying around being miserable (what a WEAK personality and a WEAK girl). At most, y’know, decide to leave Forks because the “love of her life” was now gone and she whould move on (MOVE ON, srsly). But of course, that wouldn’t fly with any romance (let alone teen-lit romance) novel. But no, she was supposed to be this paragon of virtue and to cling to every old and precious memory she had of Edward, PLEASE SHOOT ME NOW. I’m not a fan of people who cling to past, especially when it’s on the depency of such a fickle emotion like love.

I don’t even know what to think about the series. But they’re a fun and fast read. Really, they are. I recommend them for that reason alone, but I’m still debating about whether or not they’re worth buying. Everything is so one-dimensional and superficial in these books that it kinda drives me mad. There is a bit of depth, but when you’re writing from the perspective of a 17-year-old-girl, how much depth can there be? She’s infatuated with Edward and constantly tells him how much she loves him… despite the fact that we [the readers] never learn the who-what-where-why-how of it all… (drives me insane). I can’t stand unfounded love (I have strong feelings about that icky emotion that we won’t delve into now)… at least with Jacob, we could see why Bella slowly fell in love with him and why Jacob fell in love with Bella (it’s in the 2nd book in the series), so it was a bit more satisfying.

But like all things, most people just like to share and revel in the whole concept of having found their “soulmate” or their “other half” in which there are no words or reason that can contain that feeling… so it’s better left unsaid. I suppose that’s the premise that Stephanie Meyer based Edward and Bella’s relationship on.

Addendum
After scouring the Internet for some stuff about Stephanie Meyer and “Twilight” I came across an interesting interview that explains a bit. Most of the fans of “Twilight” (and even casual readers, like me), know that the origins of the entire series comes from a dream Meyer had about a girl and a [sparkling] boy in a meadow discussing how they were in love, but it was virtually impossible for them to be together because the [vampire] boy wanted to suck her blood [dry]. From THAT point, Meyer rewinds and fast-forwards to get her entire story out… Which is why it feels so incomplete and reads like a fluffy fanfiction (actually TIME magazine actually specifically said that the “Twilight” series is uber reminiscent of Internet fanfiction, which is cool, cause LOOK MOMMY!!! I IS SO SMART TO COME TO ZE SAME CONCLUSIONS SMART JOURNALISTS THAT WRITE FOR TIME DO TOO!!!! I IS BRILLIANTS.!!”)… because she sort of started from the middle and didn’t feel compelled to “complete” any corners or plotholes.

Direct quote from the “A Motley Vision” interview that I cited/linked above:

I’m lucky Twilight wasn’t a muddled catastrophe, because I had no outline or idea of where the plot would go while I was writing the last half (I wrote from the middle through to the end, and then went back and wrote the beginning until the two pieces matched up).

The Time article compares to JK Rowling, where JK Rowing (and Tolkein, of course), meticulously thought through every single detail and plotline and whatnot… Meyer skips all that and write with the melodramatic-realism of a teenage girl and “guns it straight to the point.” Which is true. There are no deviations from the plot, and it’s as straightforward as an… Amelia Bedelia book that my 8-year-old sister reads. Yes, being an avid fan of “Harry Potter,” I know that JK Rowling wrote the very last chapter of the entire series before penning the rest, but there are severe differences in her tale (especially her last chapter) than there are in “Twilight” and readers of both books should notice that.

For all my criticism, I came across a fairly positive (but still very amusing) review of “Twilight” (only the first book and not the whole series), and the author of that review brings up a good point… She mentions that the potential reason why Edward resists Bella’s persistent affections (to the point where she would gladly give up her humanity, at the ripe old age of 17, to become a vampire just to be with him for all eternity) is because Edward has been around for 100+ years and knows the fickle hearts of young-teenage-puppy-love and is willing to wait patiently for Bella to come around, mature and grow up a bit, and THEN decide whether or not she wants to be with him… Would that have been so difficult for Edward to explain? Sheesh, I could write that paragraph/scene right now.

“But why? Why won’t you let me be with you? Don’t you love me? Don’t you want me to be like you? To be with you?” I [Bella] whispered into the stillness of the night.

Edward sighed and turned his topaz-gold eyes on me with all the sadness in the world. His beautiful, marble-hard, pale face was etched into my eyes for all eternity. He parted those perfectly gentle lips and looked at me. “Of course I love you, Bella. I will always love you and I will always want to be with you and protect you.”

“Then why?” I repeated, feeling a little silly, but desperate to know the answer.

Edward shut his eyes and rubbed the bridge of his nose. I yearned to knock away his hand and cover his lips with mine, but resisted because I really wanted to hear the answer [*gag*]. He opened his eyes again and looked at me. “Do you really want to know?”

Too shocked to answer, I just mutely nodded.

Edward looked at me again. “I have been around for a long time, my Bella [omo, kill me now], and I have seen many things in this world.”

“What things?” And I thought I was too struck to make words.

“Lovers. Friends. Relationships.” Edward sighed. “I have been to high school,” he smiled grimly, “Many times. And I have seen young ones in love. They are… fickle. They are infatuated, obsessed, but affections are often fleeting. They are quick to part and even faster to find new ones.” He turned his stony topaz glow on me, his eyes burning embers in his face as the emotions in them visibly thickened. “I am not willing to let yourself become a monster simply because of a fleeting crush or infatuation with me. I am willing to be patient and wait for you until you come to the conclusion that this is not a crush and that you are truly in love with me. I will wait for you. Always and forever.”

“Oh, Edward.” I sighed. “I will always love you. I do love you.”

His cold fingers brushed my lower lip. “You don’t know that.”

“Yes, I do.” I vowed fiercely, looking into his eyes.

[insert the proper rant that really SHOULD belong here when Edward blows up in Bella’s face about how she’s too young and how in the world does she know what love is when she’s only known him and she’s 17 with raging hormones and chances are it’s her estrogen and progesterone — remember, he has medical degrees — and her eggs that are screaming ‘I WANT BABIES NAOW AND I’M GONNA GET ZEM’ … and not logical process and/or thought. But of course, for being really really old and ‘wise’ Edward is insanely dense and teenage-angsty too.. PLUS, he’s already a century older than she is; is a few extra decades going to make a difference?! She’s not really going to look THAT much different — and if she does, I’ll bet it’s just that she looks BETTER because she’s grown out of that teenage-awkwardness and self-consciousness — in a decade from now, when she’s properly mature and actually can make the decision to become one of the undead. srsly]

ad nauseum, I feel like I’m going to throw up. And IN MY DEFENSE: I have read a lot of fanfiction (Bulma & Vegeta are my OTP, srsly) and I even dabbled a bit in my day (hello early teens)…. so trust me: I can turn out fanfiction drivel too.

I would give this book a solid 3 stars. It’s not wholly unenjoyable and it is an easy and trite read, but the fact that it is written from first-person perspective, which limits the entire scope of the whole tale, irritates me beyond no end. Complete that with a healthy dose of… oh, shall we say, derision and skepticism and you may come to the same conclusions I do. This really isn’t one of those books that I’m dying to read again (and I’m sure you’ve come across books like that too), but I don’t fully regret the time I spent reading them either. I’ve read worse, but I’ve also read [a lot] better…

If you want a light-summer-beachbag book… I would recommend that you pick up this series. I don’t really feel it deserves that much more credit.

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Read some more reviews at Amazon.com and I’ll let you decide if you want to read the story… Obviously, I’m biased. Note: i’m not saying this was an unenjoyable read or am I really upset and kinda want to demand my time back (that happens with some things every now and then)… but I AM saying that this might NOT be quite as good as you expect (or it might be a LOT better than you expect, I dunno…).

*Mary Sues or Gary Stus are terms used to describe “perfect characters” in fanfiction lingo. Basically, they are males or females who are utterly perfect in everything they do; they have strength, agility, superior intellect, but are also unbearingly nice, stunningly gorgeous, etc etc… And what perfect Gary Stu isn’t complete with his own tragic and morose history that the perfect Mary Sue must come around to heal? .. etc etc.

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  1. citharia said,

    FINALLY! someone who doesn’t think twilight is the best piece of literature ever written. -.- I think it’s a fun, fluffy read, but I’ve read a lot of online-published novels which are a hell lot better. The one thing that irked me from start to end was the question of WHY THE HELL ARE THEY IN LOVE, even?? ack. It was like angst angst avoiding hot cold hot cold then yay they’re just together.

    It’s an ok read, but the story was basically BELLA/EDWARD and everything else as a side plot, even the whole vampire story. Eclipse was actually good with Jasper’s history, but really, the bella and edward thing peaked in twilight and kind of got really really stale after that. -.-

    oh btw, read The Host, by Stephenie Meyer. It’s much much much better than the Twilight series, and the improvement in her writing shows, though there’s a little Mary-Sue-ish tendency there too, but not as bad as Bella. I think you’ll like it a lot more. (:

  2. nanshi said,

    Citharia
    omo.. thank you *so* much for agreeing with me…!! I’ve been around a few different sites (and not review sites, either) and everyone seems to think that the “Twilight” series is the NEXT BEST THING since either Harry Potter, or they’re even comparing it to the likes of such classics like Jane Austen novels or “Lord of the Rings” or “Chronicles of Narnia” (to say nothing about the “His Dark Materials”) and I can’t help but admit that.is.crap.

    I mean, I guess if you’re a teenage girl, I can see why you’d be sucked into it (I was, after all)… but SOOOO MANY non-teenage girls are fans of it and I really really can’t see it at all. It REALLY does feel like Meyer wrote a fanfiction when she was 13-14, changed the names around, and then managed to send it in and a publisher picked it up, applied some serious marketing pressure.. and voila! “Twilight.” I actually enjoyed “New Moon” a lot more because it showed a lot more character development than I thought it would have (the absence of Edward was refreshing), but of course, once Edward shows up again… it all goes downhill because Bella turns into this subservient and pathetic creature and Edward turns into a passive angsty-emo teenage boy (even though he’s well over a century old)…bahh… Plus don’t get me started with all the unnecessary fillers about Edward (and the other vampires’) appearance… rawr. I mean, we get it: they’re hot and gorgeous and ze godlike-beauty stuns us all… but must we be reminded EVERY SINGLE PAGE?! And despite Meyer’s abundant descriptions, not once did I *ever* get an image of Edward or any of the characters in my mind… none.

    And I totally agree: I HATE that their “love” is never explored… it’s sort of just taken for granted. It’s more of a mutual, superficial attraction (Edward likes Bella because she “smells good” and is a mystery to him; Bella likes Edward because he’s a mystery and a bad boy (and all teenage girls are so attracted to bad boys; OMG SHE IS ONLY 17!!! What does SHE know about ‘true love’?!) It really is just a big question of “WHY ARE THEY IN LOVE WITH ONE ANOTHER?!” But that is a huge fault of most YA-lit and romance-novel authors… in which they don’t really tend to explore the reasons behind the emotions and just expect the readers to take it at face value, but at least in a good (or at least mediocre) romance novel, there is at least descriptions of “undeniable chemistry” or “sizzling passion” or at least the male is reverently devoted to the female, or something… not just… Edward “glaring” and then Bella “swooning” and all of the sudden they’re cuddling and petting each other and are frantically in love (not to mention Edward’s “devotion” borders more on “stalker” than genuine care and devotion). They never have a real discussion, just “arguments” about being together (or weird 20 questions’esque one-sided “conversations”); Meyer uses vague and frequent terms like “soulmate” and “you complete me” and “I can’t live without you” without explaning the ‘why’ of it all (especially on Bella’s half; Edward, the excuse of being a vampire is kinda… well, excusable, y’know? they also are attracted to their ‘soulmate’ on a very primal level… but for Bella?)… grrr.
    [plus, i read somewhere that this was just Meyer’s halfhearted attempt to shove her Mormon beliefs on the reading populace; including beliefs like: getting married right after high school, relinquishing all feminine independence to the husband; obeying the husband wholeheartedly and ferevently with utmost devotion; etc…not my observations and I know very little about the Mormon faith, so I don’t know how much of that is based in truth]

    This may be one instance where the movie might be better than the book because *hopefully* the movie won’t be filled with such mundane and inane first-person prose that it might actually be worth watching… even though the cast for it looks superiorly lackluster (ick).

    It’s definitely fluff. The concept and thought behind the whole plot is unique and well-thought-out and Meyer isn’t a BORING writer (I mean, it’s not like I had to set aside the book in frustration or boredom… it was actually a pleasant read)… but it’s just… so silly and trite that I really can’t see myself buying these books (or even reading them more than once). But they’re good fun and silly things to pass the time. Just, please don’t compare them to the likes of Jane Austen or “The Hobbit” or even “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” They’re more along the lines of the Sweet Valley High series or any else of those drivelly YA-lit novels that really are just all fluff and nonsense.

    And I HAVE heard really good things about “The Host” (including Meyer’s maturity in writing style and prose and plot)… I have a friend who’s reading it now, so I might borrow it from her when she’s done..!!

    Thanks for your comments!!


  3. Totally agree about the “of two-minds” aspect; I’ve read all three books, and while I find some parts to be hilarious (sparkle!vampires) or shudder-inducing (dude, could Bella have any LESS spine?), there is something undeniably addictive about these books. I enjoyed reading them even as I hated the messages they sent and rolled my eyes at the superficiality of the love triangle.

    I still cringe when I hear it compared to Romeo and Juliet, though.

  4. nanshi said,

    Saint Know-All
    Yeah.. definitely undeniably addicting. I wasn’t being very coherent when I was typing up this review (sometimes, the right words just evade me), but that is EXACTLY how I would describe the books: Undeniably addicting and yet ludicrous and fluffy and cheesy all at the same time. When I was finished, I was kinda dazed and like, “Whoa. Did I just read all that? Cause they really kinda sucked… but were they really that bad if I was able to read all of them so quickly?”

    hehe, and before I read the books, I read a review on Amazon about Sparkly Vampires and I was like “@_@ what?!” and then *enters the sparkly vampire scene* and I literally had to stop reading and laugh it out before I continued ^.^ Don’t take the books too seriously, folks.

    And I think it would be terrible of me to say so (and terribly hypocritical), but I’m actually kind of anxiously waiting for the release of her 4th book in August (although not so much for the Edward-POV of the first book, because that’s just a little tedious). She certainly knows how to write a good cliffhanger, methinks.

  5. Catherine said,

    I refer to Twilight and the rest of the books as “mind candy”. They’re not that good for you, but they taste nice and at the time you don’t care if they’re bad for you. With Twilight I get the image that it is one of those things you regret later, but when the next slice of cake comes around… you’re still fighting for it.

    If Bella were willing to do something more than wander through her own story the books might be a bit better (and if SM put down her thesaurus, of course). Sadly, right now all Twilight, to me, is good for is as a “what not to do” guide for writing a first person POV vampire story (the Sookie Stackhouse novels are a “what to do” guide).

  6. francesca said,

    brilliant review nanshi! that was a good read.

    im with you on this. im not in my teen years already. and im not sold on idea of love at that age of 17 years

    but at the same time i found myself hooked on it.. and that’s mainly i think on the edward cullen character. what girl wouldnt like a prince charming like that.

    and did you notice there were a lot of GRAMMATICAL errors? it’s like it didnt go thru a team of proofreaders or something

    i’ll be looking forward on your angsty review on book 4.

    see ya around!

  7. Jenny said,

    Couldn’t be bothered logging in, but you know who I am.

    Anyway, after skimming through your latest post about the fourth book, I decided to give this series a try. I’m halfway through the first book atm, and I just want to say that I agree with every single word you wrote in your post.

    Stephenie Meyer’s writing style FRUSTRATES me. Like, it really leaves me sitting there wanting to slap her and feed her some “good writer” juice. I find her overall idea for the plot to be very unique, but that just makes it more frustrating, cos I know that if this plot was given to a better author, it could’ve gone so much further.

    I’m not saying that she’s a BAD writer (I’m really in no position to judge) but I just feel like the plot was wasted on her writing skills (i mean that in a NICE way). I haven’t even finished the first book yet, but it seems to me like she pretty much built her story out of a very very BASIC plot line (that could’ve been taken soooo much further) and lots of adjectives (not that there’s anything wrong with adjectives).

    And Bella annoys the heck out of me. The girl is INFATUATED with Edward, to the extent that she thinks about NOTHING ELSE. Makes you want to slap some sense into her. And they fell in love so fast, omg. One minute he hated her, next minute they’re in love. what. So far, the most frustrating scene was the bit where she tells him about how she found out he’s a vampire. IT WAS SO SIMPLE. “hi edward, i know you’re a vampire”, “oh, okay, nice weather today isn’t it” @^#$^%$&$^**( *keyboard smash*.

    I’d rant on longer, but I already feel like I’m spamming your comment section XD

    Ooo, btw, have you tried Francine Rivers’ books? They’re MARVELLOUS. You must try them.


  8. […] (practically a franchise now), I’ll direct you to… all my posts concerning Twilight: Twilight review, Breaking Dawn review, Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen […]

  9. An said,

    I think everyone acclaimed this book because of its easy reading content. Stephenie’s plot line was easy to guess. Some characters’ behaviors are not synchronized. I dunno what to say but I really hate the way she wrote. It feels like she wants to lengthen her story as long as possible. The main character Bella is quite frustrating to me. I think the first book Twilight is enough. When I finished the book, I still couldn’t explain why/how/when… the two character felt in love with each other.
    I like the way you describe the book. It’s the same with mine.

  10. Virrr said,

    as a 17 year old girl, i admit it. i fell under twilight’s spell (trap?) too…

    however, the book’s flaws are *so* obvious. i’m puzzled that seemingly intelligent people think the book is good. i am a nerd, granted, but seriously… the book is atrociously written. sweet valley high has better writing than twilight. it reads like a non-edited diary. and the very few times meyer scores, it’s probably by accident.

    Edward Cullen? I do find him hot, but not more than any romance novel hero. Also, Meyer didn’t bother to give him a personality, so he can literally be anything you want him to xD.

    Bella? One word: BORING!

    Edward/Bella’s relationship is kind of blah, and yet romanticized to the point it stops being romantic and starts just being eye-rolling. That seems to be the appeal, though. It’s like you –that shy, plain, friendless, boring one over there… lol—and that boy from school. Overall, I thought they were cute, but come on. Best love story ever? Who’s Meyer trying to fool?

    When the book ended, I felt like I NEEDED the second book… to see if something happened.


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