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Eclipse (The Twilight Saga, Book 3)

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

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The Start of the Decline

  • Mar 6, 2009
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Millions of readers were captivated by Twilight. Several were captivated by New Moon as well. Meyer's eagerly anticipated third book is going to have fans rushing out to buy it. Whether you liked New Moon or not, you'll probably get your hands on Eclipse for the simple fact that there are so many plot points New Moon doesn't tie up.

Twilight was Edward's story. New Moon was Jacob's. If that's the case, Eclipse is most certainly more centered on Bella and the rivalry the two boys have for her affection.

A series of murders is haunting Seattle. To the point where everyone is in a scare. When Edward sees this, he knows what's behind it. The work of vampires. But not just any vampires. These are newborns. Savage vampires that are completely out of control. And for some reason they eventually thirst for Bella. In addition to that, Bella has been accepted into the Cullen family. After graduation, Bella will no longer be human. On one condition: She must marry Edward. A step in life she is not yet prepared for. But with the Newborns running wild, their plans to marry and to change Bella are put on hold. In addition to all that, there's also the obvious affection that Jacob and Edward have for Bella. And the two spend a bit of time competing for her throughout. Jacob and Edward are rivals in more than just their affections for Bella. They are also mortal enemies. How is Bella supposed to cope? Her best friend is a werewolf that hates her boyfriend who happens to be a vampire. A compromise isn't entirely possible until they realize that they share a common enemy. Before a war can break out, they'll have to find a way to take care of the situation, and that'll mean that two mortal rivalries will have to work together.

Eclipse has a strong idea going for it. It is definitely a bit more mature in its subject matter than New Moon and Twilight, but it fails to surpass either book by the style of writing. It's the same as the former two books, but she's still making the same mistakes she's been making since Twilight, which makes the book a little harder to read.

The first being that Eclipse, like the two before it, is overly dramatic. More so than the first two books. The dialog is cheesier. The soap opera more over the top and the characters flatter than they were before. Where as the first two books took you away, despite their flaws, it is much harder to look past the ones rampant through Eclipse. They present themselves much more.

The first is the same flaw that plagued the first two books. The characters are not very well developed at all. We learn more about some of the Cullens, but hardly anymore about the Werewolf pack. Aside from Jacob Black. Once again, however, Edward is too perfect for his own good. The guy that can do no wrong. Always there to catch Bella when she falls. Except here it is far more annoying. In Twilight the mystery of his character distracted you from this. In New Moon he wasn't in enough of the book to realize it. But in Eclipse it comes out full force. The character of Edward is too unbelievable. He serves as a great fantasy. However, as far as being an actual character in a novel, it's hard to get past the fact that he has few (if any) imperfections at all. Almost no flaws. Edward is easily the boy every girl wish they had, and that every boy wish they could be.

And Jacob is entirely the opposite. If Edward is too perfect for his own good, Meyer's did everything she could to make Jacob too imperfect and flawed. In every instance where Edward and Jacob are together, Edward almost always has the upper hand. Jacob does nothing but screw up in trying win Bella over while Edward can almost do no wrong. It makes what could've been a good rivalry boring and predictable. It's almost as if Meyer's really wants the reader to hate Jacob in every way and adore Edward. There's little balance. It all favors Edward. It's very aggravating to read fiction that's populated by unbelievable characters.

Once more, we're also treated to Bella being the poor damsel in distress. By now, there is so much going bad for Bella it is nearly impossible to feel sorry for her or care anymore. There are far too many obstacles stacked up against her. In real fashion, however, she does little for herself, and lets her Knights in shining armor take care of everything. At the very least she tries. Even worse may be her father, Charlie who is portrayed as a pretty stupid guy.

The over dramatic soap opera also continues. Especially in the dialog. In terms of Cheesy, Eclipse is almost as cheesy as you can get. It's not a horrible book by any means, but much of the dialog is, like the characters, unbelievable at times. Much of it even laughable. And the over the top gooey and dramatic language continues.  Using several different synonyms of the word beautiful and perfect to describe Edward.  By the third book some of these issues have become increasingly more annoying. 

The final thing that really causes this book to lose out is how bad some of the writing is. There are many areas where words are missing or where the wrong word is used. I can be a good sport about bad grammar. I'm not perfect either. However, these are mistakes a copy editor should've found.

Eclipse is not a bad book by any stretch of the imagination. The world which Meyer has created is a memorable one. The story isn't bad, but the unbelievable characters, mundane dialog and over dramatic atmosphere make it harder to plow through than the other books in the series.

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July 02, 2010
Figured I'll check out your review of the book before I read the inevitable review of the movie....
July 02, 2010
I don't actually have as big of a disdain for the books as most people do.  I was amused with the first book enough to give the second a try (although none of the books are well written and there's virtually no plot in the first book at all).  But Eclipse was when I realized that this series was just plain bad. 

I'm planning on seeing the movie sometime this weekend.  And I'll have a review for you, hopefully by Sunday... although it may be posted Saturday night.  I've got some big plans for Sunday.
 
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review by . July 17, 2010
this book is the most action and suspense filled yet in the saga. Edward and Bella's' peace and quiet after their near death experience with the volturi in Italy dosen't last long. Bella's arrangement with carlisile to change her into a vampire after her graduation is wearing on Edward, since its not what he wants, but he knows it must happen because of the volturi. also his girlfriends obsession with her best friend is getting to him in the form of jealousy. it doesn't help …
review by . July 14, 2010
Alright if you haven't read my other reviews, this is basically my background info so you'll see where this review is coming from: Basically I wanted to see what all the hype was about Twilight so I bought the series on audiobooks and listened to it (against my better judgment) in the car on a road trip. The story is so shallow and lacking any real literary value. I think the hype stems from a combination of right-place-right-time and being so generic that anybody can relate to it. By the …
review by . June 23, 2010
  In the third book of the Twilight series, Eclipse, the characters really are looked into more, especially Jacob.  By that point we have already learned that Jacob is a werewolf but we learn more about his background and the story of the werewolf in his family and legacy.  Stephanie Meyer gets much deeper into the characters and who they are how they came to be where they are now.  This book I felt was the most in-depth. But it also had a great deal of suspense and intensity …
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
Ugh! Bella has some serious heart issues. Imagine having to choose a boyfriend between a werewolf and a vampire... It just goes to show that following your heart could sometimes be bad for you.
review by . July 20, 2010
Aside from Twilight, I'd say Eclipse is my second favorite book in the series. It doesn't have the depressing connotations of New Moon, and it doesn't have the overdrawn story elements of Breaking Dawn. In a lot of ways, it's a return to what originally made Twilight such a pleasurable read. It is a bit formulaic, but maybe that's not such a bad thing given what these books are about and who they are marketed for.        
Quick Tip by . July 23, 2010
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book 3 of the saga. it moves a little slower than the rest of them, but the outcome is worth the wait. do i hear wedding bells??
review by . July 20, 2010
When I finished New Moon by Stephanie Meyer I knew I'd want to read more of the series, but wasn't particularly worried about waiting awhile. Then I learned what everyone else already knew, that there really are only four books to read... and that the movie's coming soon. So I decided perhaps it was time to catch up on Eclipse.      The story really does move forward in Eclipse, and the characters really do change--not magically, but humanly, growing deeper and wiser. …
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
good, better than the first one!
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
I think at this point, Meyer was just trying to finish out the series. It starting feeling a bit sloppy and just way too drawn out.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
its ok
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The legions of readers who are hooked on the romantic struggles of Bella and the vampire Edward will ecstatically devour this third installment of the story begun inTwilight, but it's unlikely to win over any newcomers. Jake, the werewolf met in New Moon, pursues Bella with renewed vigilance. However, when repercussions from an episode inTwilightplace Bella in the mortal danger that series fans have come to expect, Jake and Edward forge an uneasy alliance. The plot patterns have begun to show here, but Meyer's other strengths remain intact. The supernatural elements accentuate the ordinary human dramas of growing up. Jake and Edward's competition for Bella feels particularly authentic, especially in their apparent desire to best each other as much as to win Bella. Once again the author presents teenage love as an almost inhuman force: "[He] would have been my soul mate still," says Bella, "if his claim had not been overshadowed by something stronger, something so strong that it could not exist in a rational world." According to Meyer, the fourth book should tie up at least the Edward story, if not the whole shebang. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Bella must choose between her friendship with Jacob, a werewolf, and her relationship with Edward, a vampire, but when Seattle is ravaged by a mysterious string of killings, the three of them need to decide whether their personal lives are more important than the ...
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ISBN-10: 0316160202
ISBN-13: 978-0316160209
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Format: Novel
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