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Twilight

The first book in the "Twilight Saga" by Stephenie Meyer.

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  • Jul 6, 2010
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     I approached Twilight with an open mind, thinking there had to be some reason for it becoming a cultural phenomenon. I was sorely disappointed with what turned out to be a thoroughly bland read.
    
     I can't say that I would recommend this book to anyone, not even those looking for a laugh at a book that's 'so bad it's good'. 

     Twilight takes place in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, a place I can assure you is much less exciting than it seems ( I grew up in nearby Sequim). A teen aged Bella Swan moves there from Arizona to live with her father and instantly becomes the most popular girl in school! (exactly why or how this happens is completely beyond me). Bella doesn't really seem to care about all this though and continues to be moody and apathetic until she encounters the mysterious Edward Cullen who turns out to be a vampire (but of course he would never harm a human!) and they fall blandly in love through copious pages of tedious dialog. 
    
     This book is rife with unlikeable, one dimensional characters. Bella has no personality! We learn nothing about her other than how much she hates Forks and how she is obsessed with Edward, of whom we know even less about (after all what drives someone who's like two hundred years old to fall madly in love with a mumbly, emotionally constipated teenage girl?)

     Considering this is a work of young adult fiction, this book has some very disturbing anti-feminist themes. Bella is a horrible role model for any girl. Brimming with dangerous sexuality Bella must be controlled by the men around her, who fight for her like a prized ham. She has no power of her own and must rely on male characters to rescue her from whatever ill constructed perilous situation she is flung into by Stephanie Meyer's soporific 8th grade writing skills.

     If you're looking for fantasy sci/fi young adult fiction do yourself favor and read something well written and exciting like The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix (Romance! Zombies! strong, independent female lead!) If teen romance is your thing try reading some Meg Cabot (good writing, funny, believable characters) or even Robin McKinley for those of you older than 14 (awesome thoughtful retellings of fairy tales chock full of action adventure and emotional complexity).


 

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review by . June 30, 2010
I first read Twilight the summer after my senior year of high school. I was still 17, stuck up in bed for months recovering from a minor surgery, and reading at my most voracious pace yet (where was Netflix Instant in 2007, huh!?) in order to get away from endless Full House reruns. I had long since abdicated library authority to my mother and she had perfected the ability to pick a perfect mix of young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction for me. After one of these library trips, Twilight found …
review by . January 07, 2010
Hundreds and thousands of fans couldn't possibly be wrong, could they? I figured with so much hype surrounding Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, there had to be something to it. So I took the plunge and dug in.       Now, please ... before hordes of young female fans climb all over me and shower my review with negative comments, I hope that they'll understand this review is being written by a fifty-something male for a similar audience. In summary, it just wasn't …
review by . July 10, 2010
There has been a lot of smack written about Twilight, mostly because the book’s primary audience is not articulate enough to adequately voice their opinions of the book beyond: “Edward is so dreamy,” “I want someone to love me that much,” “Vampires are sexy.”  What Meyer has done is taken every romantic cliché from a book or movie and compiled it into one book that doesn’t move beyond its primary archetypes.  Without plot dynamics …
review by . June 23, 2010
My older sister is a librarian, and for Christmas and my birthday she often gives me a stack of "good books" - the ones she's heard good things about, or would recommend. A couple years ago, Twilight was part of the stack. She was insistent that I should give it a try, even if I am not a fan of vampire stories. I am a middle- and high school teacher, so I figured I really ought to know what my students are squealing about. I read it over three days, and determined that it is definitely …
review by . June 25, 2010
Listen, I'm not a Twilight-hater, nor am I a hard core fan. I read the books a few years ago and was swept up by the love story between Bella and Edward. I certainly give this book props for how captivating it can be. However, in order to analyze this book critically, and fairly, I'm going to look at how healthy the Edward/Bella relationship really is for teens to be digesting as they read Twilight. This is more of a response to the ideas portrayed in Twilight vs. an outright review of the …
review by . July 20, 2010
I read the book because I am a middle school teacher and thought I should be familiar with the novel because of its popularity with my students.  The book is honestly poorly written and incredibly predictable, but despite this obvious reason to dislike the novel, I could not put it down and soon found myself reading the other books in the series.  The Twilight series has become my guilty pleasure.  Here are my thoughts as a teacher on the appropriateness of the text for your adults:   …
review by . January 05, 2010
Twilight- Not Worth The Time
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review by . July 27, 2010
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review by . May 18, 2009
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review by . July 12, 2010
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Twilight is the debut, young-adult vampire-romance novel by author Stephenie Meyer. Twilight was initially rejected by 14 agents, but became an instant bestseller when published originally in hardback in 2005, debuting at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list within a month of its release and later peaking at #1. That same year, Twilight was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2005. The novel was also the biggest selling book of 2008 and, to date, has sold 17 million copies worldwide, spent over 91 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and been translated into 37 different languages.

It is the first book of the Twilight series, and introduces seventeen-year-old Isabella "Bella" Swan, who moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington and finds her life in danger when she falls in love with a vampire, Edward Cullen. The novel is followed by New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. A film adaptation of Twilight was released in 2008. It was a commercial success, grossing more than $382 million worldwide and an additional $157 million from North American DVD sales, as of July 2009.
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ISBN-10: 0316160172
ISBN-13: 978-0316160179
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Vampires
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Date Published: October 5, 2005
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