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

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The Twilight Rant: Twilight

  • Jul 4, 2010
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This is my first review, so be nice. It also contains spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book, you’ve been warned.

Twilight, the ever popular series written by Stephenie Meyer, has taken the entire world by storm with its vampire saga dealing with the love between a vampire boy and a human girl. Some crazed fans even refer to the series as “Romeo and Juliet with a twist and a happy ending.”   Not only has the series succeeded on the bestseller list, it also was turned into several movies that are conquering the hearts of many, especially adolescent girls.  However, the entire series has stirred several different responses.   Some people believe that the series is the best thing ever, while some believe that the series is the worst thing ever written in the history of literature.  Even if they loved the series, there may also be some an argument around which of the male leads is better for the female protagonist.  Although the series is already completed and therefore, arguing about whether Edward or Jacob is better for Bella is rather pointless, the argument still continues to this very day.

I began reading the series when I was still in high school.  My friend recommended the book and said that it was very good.  Since we have a similar taste when it comes to reading some particular genres, I took her word of it and started reading the book as soon as I got my hands on it.

Since I always try to be open-minded when it comes to reading, I was immediately sucked into the book and finished it within four days because I could not put it down.  The book itself had a very good flow and contained the things that many young girls would like to read about:  a down to earth girl and a vampire boy who despite all odds, cannot stay away from her and is willing to sacrifice anything in order to be with her.  A forbidden yet passionate love with the perfect bad boy (that sparkles).

What I liked about the book:

First of all, I liked the fact the book was written in first person, from Bella’s point of view.  That made her seem more relatable and much easier to understand.  I also liked the way in which the events occurred.  Edward first sparks interest because he seems to be the only guy who doesn’t flaunt himself over Bella, and later he seems to be harboring a deep secret.  Then, after he saves Bella and Bella does some research, Edward turns out to be a vampire and not just some weird guy with superhuman strength and some sort of a weird sinus infection.

Bella then finds out that he can read minds, all but hers, and that he is tempted to eat her but cannot stay away from her because he is drawn to her.  Later on, Bella becomes an item with Edward and a lot of cuddling and cheesiness follows.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because Edward gives Bella a sense of security and makes her feel like he loves her.  Skipping a few more events, when Bella becomes a target for James, Edward does whatever he can in order to save the damsel in distress. He is her knight in shining armor. What girl wouldn’t want her guy to be like that?

What I didn’t like about the book:

Well, one of the things I didn’t like was in fact, some aspects of Bella’s character.  Although she is the female lead, she lacks self confidence even though people always tell her about how great she is.  She also seems to be extremely weak, both physically and emotionally, and she acts too impulsively without thinking about the consequences that might ensue later on. 

I also can’t say that I liked some aspects of Edward’s character either.  I didn’t really like the fact that he sparkled in the sun.  Whenever I hear “vampire,” “sparkle” isn’t the first thing on my mind.  Later in the series, we find out that vampires can swim underwater without breathing.  That made me wonder why he didn’t hold his breath when he was next to Bella. Find the scent too enticing or abhorring? Hold your breath. Problem solved.  Edward also keeps stressing about how hard it is for him to be with Bella and then considers leaving her after the James incident, which makes it slightly seem a bit as if he’s trying to get rid of her.

In some ways, which right now I don't feel like getting into, the book does seem to be lacking when it comes to a few elements as well as development.
However, despite everything, I found the book interesting enough to finish as well as continue with the series when the other books came out, which means, that the book served its purpose.


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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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