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

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Twilight- Not Worth The Time

  • Jan 5, 2010
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I read a book several years ago, that I've read many times since then, also in the young adult category, called Demon In My View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, that was published when she was 16. The book is less than half the size of Twilight, with far more plot and character development then Twilight could ever achieve. It has it's faults, but was a quick, and amusing read. Then, I read Twilight, written by a woman, with supposed writing ability, with the same plot, similar characters, and far too much obsessive, ridiculous musings by Bella about Edward. Truthfully, I might have almost enjoyed Twilight, if Bella wasn't a Mary-Sue, who everyone loves and adores, with no good conflicts to get the plot moving, and less stupid mistakes. Bella is too hard to relate to and Stephenie Meyer often left huge gaps in the story that were never explained or were written off with excuses like she fell down two flights of stairs, out a window, and was bit by a dog. It may have been an attempt at humor, but it was just unrealistic and silly. Also, why did her previously over protective mother care so little?

I liked some of the side characters however, like Alice and Jasper. Jacob was also a bit more human than just a handful of lame cliches thrown together.
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January 09, 2010
I take it that you didn't see the movie then?  I haven't read this book, and now I don't plan on it.  Thanks for sharing, Desirae! :)
January 09, 2010
I actually did see the movie. I thought it was funny, and I actually enjoyed it far better than the book because Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson gave Edward and Bella a believable awkwardness, versus what was in the book. It still had no plot, nor any real conflict that wasn't either random or completely stupid thinking on Bella's part but it cut out most of Bella's obsessive mental ramblings. :D
January 09, 2010
Haha, it's always strange to hear when the movie is better than the book! By the way, have you seen this list of Disturbing Twilight Products?  It's disturbing indeed!
January 10, 2010
xD Its scary! LOL
January 05, 2010
I enjoyed the review and completely agree with you. I really hated the lame excuse used at the end for how Bella got her injuries. I am still trying to work up the courage to write a review on the blasted novel. :P
January 06, 2010
Thanks! Also, I just joined, so I'm not quite sure how Lunch works quite yet, so I wasn't quite sure where to put it. xP Really, I'd like to read a good Young Adult genre vampire story, thats modern at the same time. Nothing like the Vampire Diaries or that one series... The House of Night series? I'm not into the weird harem stories, especially when they're high school related. xD I really enjoy The Mortal Instruments series, which has vampires in it, as well as werewolves and demons and all.
January 08, 2010
LOL! Many people have told me to skip "New Moon" and go straight to "Eclipse;" it seems to be a general consensus among fans and non-fans that "New Moon" is the worst in the series. After seeing the movie, I understand why. >.>
January 08, 2010
Yes, I heard she developed their storyline more in "New Moon." Yes, I have also heard she stole many ideas from other writers, most specifically copying portions of LJ Smith's book 1 in the Vampire Diaries. She is not very original.
January 08, 2010
I like the Anita Blake series also, I've read all of them, I also can't stand Richard, and I don't have much feelings for Jean-Claude besides the fact that I guess he kind of cool-ish...? I'm kind of put of by all the random sex...but at least it relates to the storyline in some way. LOL
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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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