The Twilight Saga A place to talk about all things Twilight! http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga <![CDATA[The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (movie) Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> This movie is the GREATEST vampire epic EVER! It has everything--a great looking female lead, romance, action and even drama. People should go out and buy the movies since they are now either $4 or $ 5 in BBuy! I mean, movies like this come once in a lifetime. This is better than Star Wars, anything Tarantino has made, Lord of the Rings, anything Ridley Scott has made or Spielberg for that matter, I mean they don't make movies like this anymore! Twilight is the greatest movie franchise ever!

That said--



what you think I would really name the Twilight saga the greatest film saga of all time?! Sorry!

Take care everyone!

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<![CDATA[The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (movie) Quick Tip by cyclone_march]]> http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse_movie_-13-1476371-218789.html http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse_movie_-13-1476371-218789.html Wed, 4 Jan 2012 04:24:00 +0000 <![CDATA[ There's a Little Blood Sucker on the Way....]]> Star Rating:


All has been leading to this moment. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), form-fitted in a modern but elegant white wedding dress, walks down the aisle, surrounded by nature. She clutches the arm of her father (Billy Burke), who stays as reserved as he can, although he’s clearly fighting back emotions. Eagerly awaiting her at the altar is her fiancé, the vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), who continuously smirks at her gentleman-like in his well-cut tuxedo. We hear little of the preacher, although we do cut back and forth between Bella and Edward’s vows. As they kiss passionately, the camera circles them both, revealing just how lost they are in this one perfect moment – all of the guests, including the entire Cullen clan and Bella’s friends and family, have disappeared. Only when they hear applause do Bella and Edward snap back into reality.
 
It’s a good thing they’re officially married, because Lord knows the first three Twilight films exhausted the abstinence metaphor. We do get a little more of it in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, namely when Edward takes Bella to a private island off the coast of Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon; he carries her over the threshold into a luxurious beachside cabin, and after skinny dipping in the moonlight, they finally consummate their marriage in the bedroom. They saved themselves for each other, you see, which is in accordance with the Mormon beliefs of Stephenie Meyer, author of the original books. Bella is all smiles when she wakes up the next morning, although she’s shocked to discover that the bed has been nearly destroyed. Later on, she discovers bruises all over her body. Edward feels terrible. Bella could have told him that this happens to lots of vampires, but then again, she would have no way of knowing. Neither, for that matter, would he.

                                                  
                                                   
The sermonizing will officially end when Edward finally bites Bella and transforms her into a vampire, which up until now has gone against his moral code. But keep in mind that this story has been split into two chapters – I suspect because it was done so successfully with the last installment of the Harry Potter franchise. For now, we shift gears and venture into far more controversial territory, namely abortion. On their honeymoon, Bella discovers that she’s pregnant. This would be impossible under ordinary circumstances, but because her child is half vampire, it gestates at an alarming rate. By the time the newlyweds return to the Cullens’ Washington home, Bella’s health has drastically declined. The baby is literally destroying her from the inside out. Bones break. Vital nutrients are depleted. As her stomach expands, the rest of her body becomes sallow and emaciated.
 
This sparks a debate. Some of the Cullens refer to it as a fetus while others stress that it’s a baby. Some, including Edward, believe the pregnancy should be terminated. Others, including Bella, cannot bear the thought of ending a life. This didactic argument is complicated by the arrival of the hotheaded teen wolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), who knew that Edward’s vampire strength might have killed Bella in the bedroom – and yes, I am suppressing giggles right now. The leader of Jacob’s pack plans on murdering Bella’s unborn child, for he believes it to be a threat. Exactly why he feels this way is not adequately explained, but admittedly, I never bothered to familiarize myself with Meyers’ books or even with the movies, so I’m sure I missed something along the way. Whatever the reason, Jacob must learn to put his hatred of the Cullens aside if he’s to save Bella from canine carnage.

                                                
 
Breaking Dawn is like all of the Twilight movies in that it’s not very good. What surprises me is that my reasons for disliking it don’t reflect my feelings for the other films. If anything, I’ve come to expect the soapy melodrama, the excessive length, the unreasonable pacing, the strained performances, and the preachy subtexts. What I wasn’t prepared for was the inconsistency in tone, the film shifting wildly from inappropriate humor to overwhelming solemnity. The latter is reserved mostly for later scenes, which are surprisingly disturbing given the context of the story. For the first time watching a Twilight movie, I was actually unsettled by some of the imagery.
 
The film was directed by Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay for Chicago and was both writer and director of Dreamgirls. Given this history, I would expect him to have a much better ear for music. I’m not referring to Carter Burwell’s score; the incidental soundtrack is a collection of alternative rock songs, all of which are thematically and structurally inconsistent with the scenes they’re paired with. He said in a 2010 interview with Mania.com that he was “very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life onscreen,” but considering some of the other films he has directed, including Kinsey and Gods and Monsters, I have a sneaking suspicion that his attachment to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 was strictly for hire. Perhaps I’ll feel differently once Part 2 is released next November. Then again, perhaps I won’t.

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<![CDATA[ Rife With Bad Acting and Issues but Still Better Than the Last Two Films.]]>
The film opens with awkward, melancholy teen Bella (Kristen Stewart), preparing for her wedding to Edward (Robert Pattinson), as their human and vampire friends assemble for the ceremony. Of course Edward's rival Jacob (Tayler Lautner), is highly against the union as he still carries a flame for Bella. Nonetheless, the ceremony goes off as planned and Edward whisks Bella away to a remote Brazilian island to consummate their union, which apparently is a tricky endeavor, being that she is still a mortal and he is a century old vampire.

What at first is an ideal honeymoon is soon complicated when Bella and Edward discover an unexpected challenge that threatens Bella's well-being and poses a threat to the pact between the vampires and werewolves. I will not spoil the film, even though fans of the series and books will not be any strangers to the drama and politics of the situation, but suffice it to say there is a lot on the line for all of the characters involved.

The film was rife with issues, the main one being the atrocious acting. One would think that after three previous films with the same cast, these actors would have developed some timing and chemistry with one another, especially Stewart and Pattinson who are a couple offscreen. Nothing could be further from the truth as they stiffly deliver their lines with pained and remote expressions. I am honestly at a loss as to why Bella is so captivating to both Edward and Jacob as she is basically a dour girl who looks incredibly uncomfortable in her own skin, and yet the two are utterly captivated by her. I found the supporting cast far more interesting than the heroine and her besotted heroes. Another issue I had was that Pattinson, who got to show his acting ability in "Water for Elephants" is given little to do aside from staring at Bella and doing profile shots.

The first half of the film is basically an MTV-style wedding and honeymoon music video but the second half of the film did manage to grab and hold my attention with the ongoing plot points. It is obvious that the story is being stretched to cover two films as there are numerous unnecessary scenes such as people walking up stairs, throwing things in a garbage can, looking in mirrors, which serve little purpose other than increasing the run time of the film. Of course all of this matters little to fans of the series. The studio knows who the core audience is and the movie panders to them every chance they can, as proven by Lautner doffing his shirt not 60 seconds into the film to the squeals of delight from the teens, tweens and grown women in the audience.

Still, because it pits the Cullens against the werewolves who were their allies in the previous film, Breaking Dawn is better than the previous films. While it raises the angst and tension, it does not provide much growth for the actors as they dutifully go through the motions as best they can with the material. While it attempts to be a darker and more mature film, it still comes across as eye candy and fantasy for young women when the story and cast deserved so much more. That being said, the film stays true to it's core audience and gives them exactly what they have come to expect and does not stray from what has been a successful formula.

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<![CDATA[ He Had Her at "Hello": MAJOR SPOILER]]> The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Two-Disc Special Edition)" ends dramatically with Bella (Kristen Stewart) accepting Edward's (Rob Pattinson) engagement ring along with a promise to wax eternally immortal with him before she adds any more visible years to her already painfully virginal and vaguely melancholic eighteen. As a heroine for the early 2000's, Bella epitomizes the sorrow and confusion of a generation that is well familiar with the breakdown of the traditional family, could Google whatever they think they need to know about just about anything on the Internet and questions their parents' attitudes about being able to do it all, 24-7, without flipping out or being under the care of a permanent life-therapist. No wonder she opts to join a well appointed, financially secure vampire pride--why contemplate an uncertain future when you can live forever off the spoils of family money, never worry about employment, career or heath care? Why not pledge to be faithful through sickness and in health when the only illness encountered will be an occasional thirst for Type O or Type A? Sure, the Volturi could swoop down, either twist some necks or peck their hungry beaks into still-human family members, but hey, that's what being ultimately "connected" really means--especially when you have a pack of huge wolves and infinitely strong bloodsuckers as your front and rear guard. Director Bill Condon understands Bella's choice. He opens "Breaking Dawn: Part 1" with our about-to-become-a-vampiress BFF tottering on wedding-white high-heeled stilettos (she switches them out for tennis shoes to still relate to the klutz-contingency in the audience) to ascertain that Bella is still on pretty shaky ground despite the promise to live happily ever after.

"Dawn" has its moments of action-packed excitement, filmed in the gloaming under the light of a seemingly faraway full moon that barely illuminates snarling computer-generated wolves battling for alpha supremacy or attacking the hungry Cullen clan intent on protecting Bella for what seems like a breach in the famous Northwest wolf-vampire treaty. However, the main thrust of this installment is not driven by the rivalry between Edward and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) anymore--Edward, after all has won his fair maiden and seems prepared for such a life altering maturity even his randomly skewed hair has settled down to a smoother domestic bliss despite the film's major predicament--this Twilight chapter is re-dedicated to Bella who like a fractured-fairytale Sleeping Beauty finally awakens to her true desire and tells the rest of the 21st century world to virtually blow itself to oblivion.

Stewart plays the role comfortably with as much vulnerability and sensitivity as she admirably did in "Speak." The other characters dance to her tune--most notably showing growth is Lautner, who despite moments of un-shirtedness and glimpses of taut muscle seems more believably angry and sarcastic rather than just a beefcake spouting lines of unemotional dialogue.

As "Dawn" includes sensitively handled marital consummation (Edward demonically destroys the bed) and some pretty horrific vampire-birthing sequences, parents should see the film ahead of time to see if it meets with their standards and those that they wish to teach their pre-teens. With that in mind, understand that the overall tone of the film wafts with the same melancholy as the other three previous installments--post-honeymoon Bella spends the rest of the film looking gaunt and drained as she stubbornly sticks to her moral guns and her "baby" sucks away at her life's blood.

The concept of "imprinting" is reintroduced to the audience but is not explained as fully as it can be. Perhaps a flashback of the Sam, Leah and Emily episode would explain Jacob's future experience at the end of the film with more clarity for those who have not read the novels.

The return of Carter Burwell's moody music--most notably the lyrical "Bella's Lullaby" --underlines Bella's journey from girl to woman especially in the climatic montage, in the psychologically-fueled nightmares prior to the wedding and the dreamy honeymoon sequences replete with moonlight and pillow feathers.

Bottom Line? Director Bill Condon does author Stephanie Meyer's "Breaking Dawn" justice in this the first of a one-two punch conclusion of the Twilight Saga films. In this Bella, Jacob and the Cullens ward off the werewolves and biology, quick thinking and genetics does the rest. "Dawn" is just an ordinary episode in the life of anti-heroine Bella Swan Cullen who totters into marriage and motherhood while philosophically eschewing her prolonged 21st century identity angst. No fans of the series will be disappointed--however this reviewer recommends seeing the first three films first. Recommended.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
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<![CDATA[The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (movie) Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22]]> New Moon, Eclipse is hardly what I would call a great improvement in this series. The love story is as dull and the characters as vapid and self-obsessed as ever, though some much-needed humor is injected in to the series melodramatic love triangle. Part of the issue is with the poorly written script which all but glazes over any real characterization or plot and focuses more on longing glances and sighs of romantic frustration. Yuck. Another part of the issue is that the action and special effects were very poorly executed and came off looking like the type of scenes you would find in a TV series produced in Canada ten years ago. The few saving graces (or not almost saving) came in the form of some fairly dark and disturbing scenes showing the brutality of the vampire elders near the end of the film and a couple of flashback moments depicting the origins of the Cullens clan  which were perhaps the first instances in the whole Twilight series that showed just how dangerous and lethal vampires could be. Like I said, the film is an improvement over the previous installments, but the sum isn't greater than its parts and the characters just aren't convincing enough to make this an engaging view.]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse_movie_-85-1476371-206216.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse_movie_-85-1476371-206216.html Wed, 20 Apr 2011 23:18:09 +0000 <![CDATA[Seattle Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/100places/reviews/d/UserReview-Seattle-155-1300352-206167.html http://www.lunch.com/100places/reviews/d/UserReview-Seattle-155-1300352-206167.html Wed, 20 Apr 2011 15:00:53 +0000 <![CDATA[ I'm Still Going to Watch The Series...But]]>
I had been told Eclipse was the best Twilight movie. If by the best, those who hold that opinion, mean more half-naked Jacob, more intense staring deeply into one-another's eyes, more vampire action and kick-butt battle scenes, then they are correct.

I found Eclipse to be the darkest and creepiest of the Twilight series. Edward's obsessiveness over Bella is a trait that many a concerned mother has warned her daughter about. And I guess this puts me on Team Jacob by default, but then I'm still left wondering why Bella is such a prize.

I will, of course, continue to watch the movies. The story is definitely a compelling one. But girls, Edward's behavior is not exactly a healthy sigh to be looking for in a guy.]]>
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<![CDATA[ New Moon... not as good as Twilight]]> Twilight series beginning to become so different that in comparison to the harry potter series it actually is a series for "older people"? Those are all questions you will have to answer for yourself.

New Moon not only brought an older crowd to the theater, but it also appealed on a lot of levels to the series' older fans. Like in the books, the characters have grown up a little. It is nice to see the change in some of the characters but with purrs you almost do not even recognize them. Mike's weak stomach is by far the best source of comic relief, but having to spend just over 2 hours in a theater of shrieking women (emphasis on women - these ladies are not teens, tweens, or even in their early twenties) sounding as though they were about to faint and talking the entire time as though they were sitting at a chip n' dales club, I found it a little hard to enjoy the film to the extent I was hoping for. Yes everything swoons for R-Patz, but only now after the 30 pounds of muscle is the ever so talented (and now heavily ripped) Taylor Lautner is getting the attention of people who in any other situation may never have thought twice about the actor. I do not even believe this to be a "team Jacob" or "team Edward" thing, and as the movie progressed and Jacobs spent the last two thirds of the film with out a shirt on the only words I could hear were not those from the film, but instead the group of women talkin about jacob.

Aside from the audience yelling to each other to try and get people to stop talking during the film, everything else was pretty good. If you have seen other films directed by Chris Weitz I assure you that you will enjoy this film. The story is well told and follows the book pretty well. The CGI used for the werewolves is tastefully done. However, I do wish that more time could have been spent telling the wolves' story, as well as more of the film spent with the Volturi. If you have never read the books you will have no problem following the story as it does very well as a stand alone sequel to the Twilight film. I will just give this piece of advice... unless you don't mind crows of screaming and cheering tween and adult women, I would recommend waiting a week to see the film as I'm sure the crowds will be insane with Twilight Fever.

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<![CDATA[Twilight (movie) Quick Tip by HDepew]]> Interviews with Vampires

Trends in the entertainment world are something that we always watch closely. Everyone looks for what the next hottest fashion trend will be. We wait to see which A-list celebrity has a baby and what the new name trends will be. And then we patiently wait for the next greatest thing to come about that will clearly dominate all the markets. Well, the wait is over. The newest greatest thing since pizza bread has finally arrived and it is blowing all of its rivals clear out of the water. Actually it is sucking the blood out of any competitor who poses a threat. Vampires are taking over the world. Our fascination with the dark creatures of the night is something that no one has truly been able to describe or explain completely. But as you watch the reports coming back from this weekend’s Hollywood releases you will see that vampires are taking over the big screen, as well as every other media market.

I was first bitten by the vampire bug after reading Christopher Pikes' The Last Vampire series back in elementary school. Today I find myself completely glamoured by the dark and mysterious creatures of the night, although the vampires I speak of are not actually creatures of the night at all. Stephanie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, has created a story and character that has captured the hearts, minds, and even souls of many tweens, teens, and adults alike. The ember eyes of Edward Cullen first captured us in literature, but after this weekend he, along with the entire Cullen family, will have captured the hearts of fans and non-fans alike.

In 2005 a new teen novel was published by Little, Brown and Company written by an unknown author that was like no other. It brought out a whole new side to the mysterious creatures that have been previously known to stalk the innocent at night. The type of characters that are usually described as being soulless and wake to live an undead life only during the night hours are being introduced as supernatural beings that are far more complex than any other vampires before them. Of course they do resemble previous vampires like those from the Underworld series with their dislike of lycans (werewolves), and even a resemblance to the characters from Charlaine Harris’ Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, which is sweeping the broadcast market called True Blood as one of the greatest HBO series since The Sopranos and Sex and the City, as beings having a conscience regarding their previous actions and ways of living that they wish were better understood. The Cullen family has more heart than any other undead creatures I have previously read about, and I believe they are the first vampires that have retained a soul. Twilight fever has truly swept the nation and when word reached fans about a film option the craze grew exponentially and the anticipation for further news became painful to endure as Twilight nation became obvious to the author and director.

Film options for literature are always something to be desired; yet they create a sense of fear for both avid fans and those involved with the actual production. The writer is usually consulted in final decisions and the creative aspect of casting, set design, and story editing; but the process can be tedious leaving mixed feelings. The author is also consulted on any gaps that need to be filled in for visual story telling purposes that may not have been covered in a novel due to the point of view from which the story is told. The director strives to create a film that best represents the original story, but sometimes there are things that must be altered for timing and budget limitations. All of these factors make any news of leaks, exclusive clips and interviews, and official releases dyer information coveted by fans. We waited a year after the release of Eclipse for the final book in the series, with many avid fans participating in mid-night release parties that could rival those during the days of Harry Potter. We waited in long lines just to pickup a book hours before it would be released, we waited anxiously for casting photos and the ballet room scene to be released this past June, and then on Thursday, November 20 we waited one last time.

In mid-town Manhattan I saw fans wearing Twilight merchandise wandering the streets passing time to stand in line for a mid-night screening. 42nd Street theaters were all sold out, 34th Street theaters were all sold out and $7 million dollars in sales for just the mid-night screenings has been reported. I was one of those avid fans standing in line for over 6 hours waiting to see how director Catherine Hardwicke adapted the newest pop culture phenomena.

Standing in line you meet many interesting people. I stood at the front of the cue with fans of the novels that varied in ages from 16 to middle-forties, and as we spoke with each other about various details from the books, our expectations of the film, and our hopes for scenes in the film, I realized that this author had done something I did not expect. Stephenie Meyer has brought complete strangers together in such a way that while we waited I felt like I was surrounded by friends. Sitting and waiting for over 6 hours was an experience that surprised me as much as the final film did and I will say that I cannot wait for New Moon to hit theaters in 2010. If you have read the Twilight series, I believe the film will delightfully surprise you. It is everything I expected and more. I felt like I was watching a film with all my best friends and everyone in the auditorium was included and involved with the running inside joke. I have never before had so much fun at the theater. I laughed and cried along with everyone sitting around me in a stadium theater that sits 300. We laughed, cheered, and gasped together. Every emotion I felt reading the book was intensified by watching the film version unfold before me, and it was fun being able to share that with people I had never met. It was an unusual experience to have at a theater and one that I hope to experience again.

Stephenie Meyer and Catherine Hardwicke could not have done a better job to make their fans happy with this film. It is truly something that has surpassed all expectations and it was a roller coaster ride that we enjoyed together. It is something that those who have not yet read the books can also enjoy and understand because of how everything has been brought to the big screen. It is a story of forbidden love between a human and a vampire, unlike any other vampire genre. It has enough adventure to keep any action fan entertained, and it has so much heart and soul that it reminds us of things we have forgotten or experiences we are going through in our own lives. It brings the supernatural world close to the human world unlike any other vampire story. I am only disappointed to say that I now have to wait for the next installment in the series to hit the theaters. So if you are looking for something a little different this Thanksgiving weekend, take your friends or family to the theater and check out the newest vampire trend to sweep the nation. The newest addition is the upcoming CW's season of Vampire Diaries adapted from author L.J. Smith.
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<![CDATA[ Dear Eclipse...]]>  
I know that over the past handful of years you have been compared to the Harry Potter phenomina, which there is nothing wrong with since it was and still is wildly sucessful, but you should not have let that go to your head.  Just because HP is splitting the final story into two parts does not mean that you have to as well.  Yes Twilight blew up over night just prior to the first film.  Yes the books are a great YA (young adult) series that got a ton of teens back into reading after the HP books were completed.  Yes you have one of the actors who was in the Goblet of Fire film as the star of your films, but how far are you really going to take this competition?       
 
Now let me begin by preferencing this with the fact that I have been a fan of both book series for many years and the books are fantastic.  BUT dearest Twilight, you have saddly disappointed me for a second year in a row with your films, and what I am about to do is not only a little sad, and sligtly embarrassing, but I feel as though I need you to understand just how much you broke my heart with the third installment of the Twilight Saga.
 
"Yo Twilight, I'm really happy for you, I'm going to let you finish but Harry Potter is one of the best franchises of all time...one of the best of all time!"
 
Twilight did so well with the adaptation of the first book, and even the second film was palatable outside of the fact that you have made a sex symbol out of a 17 year old boy who some 30-something women have a hard time controlling themselves as they watch the film, and who even twilight-moms make complete fools of themselves by embarrassing their daughters by making such odd requests as asking the buff star to sign their Team Jacob panties.  I'm sure it will be a story told anytime Mr. Lautner is asked what is the craziest thing that has ever happened to him, but did you really need to go as far as you did? And with Eclipse I am saddly left speechless. 
 
Eclipse had so much potential but I felt it fell short of what it could have been.  The two-hour film was hard enough to sit through with awkward dialog (which I've yet to figure out if that is just because Kristen Stewart still has not come to terms with her new found fame that the role continues to make her one of the most awkward and uncomfortable actress to watch on screen, or if it was just the dialog chosen for the film) and a third of the film being visual effects that moved so quickly that all I could focus on was the blurry CG playing out before my eyes.  No matter how much I love Stephanie Meyer's writing, this film did not stand up to the reputation and stands of the two films that came before it.  Too much time was spend on visual effects, and not enough was spent on the story itself.  Had a viewer not read the books they would have been left in the dust as they would have had no idea who the characters were or what was happening in the story.  I felt it was the weakest film of any series I have ever seen.
 
Although I cannot say that the whole film was a bust.  There were a few saving graces during the 2-hour running time.  I commend the writer, Melissa Rosenberg, and director David Slade in their flashback sequences as they were the highlights of the film.  I loved seeing each of the Cullens' back-stories play out on the big screen.  As far as the actors go, it was Billy Burke (Charlie Swan) who saved the film for me.  His quick one-liners were the comic-relief that made the film easier to stomach.  And of course I just have to mention that my favorite line in the film is Edward saying: "Doesn't he own a shirt?"
 
I am sad to report that I am no longer a Team Edward or Team Jacob advocate.  I will stand beside Jasper any day of the week and turn to Charlie when I need a quick pick-me-up.  However the films just are no longer doing it for me.  I would rather turn back to the black and white pages of the books and re-read the series to get the original excitment and joy I felt when Stephenie Meyer first introduced me to the Twilight series. 

Sincerely --
A Disappointed Fan  Former Fan

 
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<![CDATA[ Bridget's Review]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-A_New_Dawn_Your_Favorite_Authors_on_Stephenie_Meyer_s_Twilight_Saga_Completely_Unauthorized_Smart_Pop_-443-1781392-215220-Bridget_s_Review.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-A_New_Dawn_Your_Favorite_Authors_on_Stephenie_Meyer_s_Twilight_Saga_Completely_Unauthorized_Smart_Pop_-443-1781392-215220-Bridget_s_Review.html Thu, 6 Jan 2011 12:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight Shower Curtain Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
Perhaps they are trying to find ways to get their attention-getting 'kicks' out of their system. It is kinda entertaining the way they pretend that they are friendlier than they actually are. Watch out, pretty soon you will have a disagreement and they will change their screenname! LOL!]]>
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<![CDATA[Edward Cullen Life Size Twilight Silhouette Vinyl Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]>
Now this is only a cardboard cut out and not real like trolls. Interernet trolls are creepy!  
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<![CDATA[Emmett's Jeep Wrangler Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Emmett_s_Jeep_Wrangler-443-1469838-193331.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Emmett_s_Jeep_Wrangler-443-1469838-193331.html Sun, 7 Nov 2010 20:50:18 +0000 <![CDATA[Rosalie's BMW Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Rosalie_s_BMW-443-1469836-193330.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Rosalie_s_BMW-443-1469836-193330.html Sun, 7 Nov 2010 20:47:46 +0000 <![CDATA[Bella's Truck Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Bella_s_Truck-443-1469834-193329.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Bella_s_Truck-443-1469834-193329.html Sun, 7 Nov 2010 20:44:09 +0000 <![CDATA[The Real Reason Why Guys Should Hate TWILIGHT Quick Tip by Adrianna]]> This video accurately states some of my disappointments with the series as far as I have read. It also presents a valid argument as to why men should not like the Twilight books rather than some of the stupid and immature reasons that have already been stated across the web. I would have appreciated some proof from the book, such as quotes, that depict when Edward is creepy, manipulative, and acting like a stalker, included with the video.

The other reason I didn't like Twilight was purely because the writing and character development did not engage me.]]>
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<![CDATA[Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Hate Twilight Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/online_video/UserReview-Top_Ten_Reasons_Why_You_Should_Hate_Twilight-85-1654801-189798.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/online_video/UserReview-Top_Ten_Reasons_Why_You_Should_Hate_Twilight-85-1654801-189798.html Fri, 15 Oct 2010 05:44:26 +0000 <![CDATA[The Real Reason Why Guys Should Hate TWILIGHT Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/online_video/UserReview-The_Real_Reason_Why_Guys_Should_Hate_TWILIGHT-85-1654799-189797.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/online_video/UserReview-The_Real_Reason_Why_Guys_Should_Hate_TWILIGHT-85-1654799-189797.html Fri, 15 Oct 2010 05:29:14 +0000 <![CDATA[New Moon (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-566-1335036-185489.html http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-566-1335036-185489.html Tue, 12 Oct 2010 03:38:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Breaking Dawn (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Breaking_Dawn_book_-566-1335073-171300.html http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Breaking_Dawn_book_-566-1335073-171300.html Fri, 1 Oct 2010 03:29:38 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-566-1379155-171293.html http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-566-1379155-171293.html Fri, 1 Oct 2010 01:38:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Conclusion well worth waiting for]]>
I loved the interactions between Jacob and the vampires. The insults fly like fur quite convincingly, but powerful relationships are developing too, and even when trust is too much to ask for, shared concerns bind vampire and wolf in uneasy compromise.

Love and marriage are convincingly told. The dramas of hope and family unfold. Time-bending, species-blending terrors bring reminders of the past in a story that neatly folds back on itself. Meanwhile the enemies of New Moon face off against the allies of Eclipse. The author's world is convincingly peopled with an array of characters, flawed, determined and fascinating, bringing a wealth of moral dilemmas with their history and myth. And soon the stage is set for a final, vital confrontation.

Oddly, the only flaw in the reading for me was that final confrontation. Maybe I was just reading too fast, too eager to reach the conclusion. A less impatient reader might love the scene as the armies gather and face each other. But for all my frustration at the outcome, I still find myself wondering while driving the car, did she... was she... could she... is that how it happened? The scene, for all that it frustrated me, is firmly stuck in my head, which I guess means the author wrote it powerfully well.

So, yes, the series does get more absorbing with each book, right to the end. If the fascinating eyes of vampires fail to inspire you on reading Twilight, don't let them put you off. The books may be big, but the reading's pleasantly quick, and the story has lots of twists and questions, absorbing characters, excellent narrators telling their tales, and a fine conclusion well worth waiting for.]]>
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<![CDATA[If you like Twlight, you may also like......]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/Lists-443-2569-If_you_like_Twlight_you_may_also_like_.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/Lists-443-2569-If_you_like_Twlight_you_may_also_like_.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 01:55:33 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by tyrannynomore]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-106412.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-106412.html Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:33:21 +0000 <![CDATA[ A must read for any teen and aspiring YA author.]]> Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, is a great YA book to draw in readers. I think it is amazing that this story was created via a dream Stephenie had. I am a student of writing (my BA and pursuing my MFA), and I read the book last year. While I was sucked in by the story, I was not at all excited by the execution of Twilight. Though, this is coming through the eyes of a 22 year old. If I was a teenager or younger, it wouldn't have mattered at all to me. I found Stephenie's over exaggerations of descriptions, throughout Twilight, to be quite tiring. I understand that description of characters is key, but there comes a point where it gets to be too much. This appeared constantly when Bella described Edward-- you know Edward's soft, velvety, handsome, gorgeous, cold, marble, etc. (fill in the blank) feature. I think that it was over-played throughout the book, but then again, I have to remember that it was written for younger readers who have to have the constant bringing up of the heartthrob in any teen novel. Other than the descriptions, I think Stephenie does a great job in this book- especially taking off of a dream. The story is superb, and the characters are all memorable. I think she does everyone who has has to move to a new school (including me senior year!) justice by that queasy, uneasy feeling she portrays with Bella's moving to Forks. Twilight  is as must read for any teen and aspiring YA author.
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<![CDATA[ Mature conclusion to Twilight Series]]> Breaking Dawn is the last book in the Twilight series. With the end of this work comes along some themes that readers of the previous works may be slightly uncomfortable. The story not only tackles the topic of unmarried and married sex life, but also death, pedophilia and the soul once again comes into question.

Emotionally it is gripping and a good story. While the actions of the characters and the events are shocking, it is nothing a mature reader cannot handle. Bella and Edward's relationship in this book becomes more real and we feel his need to protect her more than the other movies where it seemed overblown.

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The birth of their child about midway through the book is a big deal. Not only is the birth scene pretty harsh and bloody but it is a true vampire at last coming out, doing what needs to be done, but the danger is palpable.

I recommend this last book in the series for conclusion purposes, an excellent end to the story and for the elements of realism that come into play.]]>
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<![CDATA[ A story of Vampires we can relate to]]> This story of teenage romance explores the idea of other life forms aka vampires. The average female character Bella is someone we can easily relate to as she is about as average as people come. She fits in at her new school then falls passionately irrevocably in love with Edward who just happens to be a vampire. The idea that Edward is a vampire isn't scary to Bella, rather is intriguing. She discovers and explores this idea until she gets him to confess to her after he saves her life on two occasions. Bella learns that Edward's family  Pretty soon the two are an item. She is easily accepted in by his family except for Rosalie who has an unexplained prejudice against Bella. Bella begins doing normal vampire activities with the Cullen family, one is playing baseball during  a thunderstorm. As this takes place another coven of vampires that do drink human blood shows up, one who makes it his life goal to hunt and kill Bella. He uses several tricks to lure Bella out to Florida and away from the protection of the Cullen family. He uses home videos to bring Bella into an old dance studio where he attempts to kill her just when Edward shows up and saves her life.
  This story is a story of love, devotion, and fantasy that any person of any age or gender will be captivated by. Twilight will grip you and you won;t want to set it down from beginning to finish.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Welcoming young people back to the world of Literature.]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-443-1468232-73556-Welcoming_young_people_back_to_the_world_of.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-443-1468232-73556-Welcoming_young_people_back_to_the_world_of.html Thu, 29 Jul 2010 01:17:43 +0000 <![CDATA[ Chosen by accident]]>

This book was 'ok', I didn't go out of my way to read it, nor did I see the reason behind all the hype.

It was well written if not well thought out. Too many characters to be introduced to, and confusing conflicts of interest to the younger audience set.

I think this was meant to be a romance for the ages, that falls AGES short. To me, this is written to attract the exact demographic the writer intended- tweens. While not a tween myself I had to laugh at the obvious attraction set up with a vampire and a pale faced girl from the desert- which didn't make sense to me either. Edward is obviously every girls dream and Bella well, she is annoying with her lack of emotions towards everything but Edward.
Is that really the case? Would a girl REALLY choose her dysfunctional separated family over the "love" of her life, who has it all to offer? Would a vampire really care to take care of a 'human' in such a way that degrades who he is and has been for hundreds of years?

With the honor bound Edward, I would have believed it a bit more if more modesty were set in place throughout his language, however he seemed to modernized to be the ancient man his character was intended.

Not to be overly judgmental, but truly this was no Interview with a Vampire and not much deeper than a rain puddle in Forks, itself.

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<![CDATA[New Moon (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-85-1335036-67642.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-85-1335036-67642.html Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:34:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Breaking Dawn (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-Breaking_Dawn_book_-85-1335073-67641.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-Breaking_Dawn_book_-85-1335073-67641.html Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:34:02 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-85-1379155-67640.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-85-1379155-67640.html Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:32:36 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight in Forks Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/d/UserReview-Twilight_in_Forks-13-1503448-67639.html http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/d/UserReview-Twilight_in_Forks-13-1503448-67639.html Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:21:10 +0000 <![CDATA[ and so the lion fell in love with the lamb]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-443-1379155-67592-and_so_the_lion_fell_in_love_with_the_lamb.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-443-1379155-67592-and_so_the_lion_fell_in_love_with_the_lamb.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 03:18:57 +0000 <![CDATA[Stephanie Meyer Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/writer/UserReview-Stephanie_Meyer-443-1468146-67580.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/writer/UserReview-Stephanie_Meyer-443-1468146-67580.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:50:58 +0000 <![CDATA[Vampires Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Vampires-443-1469842-67579.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Vampires-443-1469842-67579.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:49:54 +0000 <![CDATA[Eclipse Fashion Line Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Eclipse_Fashion_Line-443-1464958-67578.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-Eclipse_Fashion_Line-443-1464958-67578.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:47:54 +0000 <![CDATA[The Twilight Series Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-443-1468232-67577.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-443-1468232-67577.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:46:52 +0000 <![CDATA[Taylor Lautnar Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/actor/UserReview-Taylor_Lautnar-443-1469832-67573.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/actor/UserReview-Taylor_Lautnar-443-1469832-67573.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:43:16 +0000 <![CDATA[The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (movie) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse_movie_-443-1476371-67567.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_Eclipse_movie_-443-1476371-67567.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:38:51 +0000 <![CDATA[ Least Favorite One...]]> Though I couldn't wait to get this book, I was sorely disappointed. I had to finish it to find out what happened, but this only occurred because I skimmed most of it.

Obviously, anyone who has read the previous three books in the saga will have to continue and finish the series, they may not be satisfied.

The book rushes through too many actions and has many plot lines embedded within. Some of the plots, including Bella's pregnancy, push the envelope of reality. Yes, the book already deals w/ vampires and werewolves, but these creatures were skillfully made so human you could accept them. However, this reality completely evaporates with Bella's pregnancy. Honestly...it's just plain WEIRD.
 

The most character development is with Bella, who finally stops being such a typical, annoying teenager and ends up being a stronger adult. Her daughter also "grows" in this book, as does Jacob.


Overall, there is too much information in this book, which easily could have been split into two novels. As a reader, I felt rushed and bored at the same time, if that is possible. The ending of this emotional saga doesn't provide the appropriate closure that someone, especially a Jacob follower, would appreciate after devoting so much time and energy into the characters.
 

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<![CDATA[ Great book for everyone...not just tweens!]]>
I was immediately engaged in this book and couldn't put it down. The writing is good, and the characters endear you when you first meet them. You won't be able to put it down after meeting Edward, Bella, Jacob and the rest of the families.


I recommeI recommend this book to everyone looking for a good story to follow. I've seen many people enjoy this book, from teen girls to teen boys, from adult women to grandmothers.

The plot, though involving werewolves and vampires, isn't as "sci-fi" as it seems. The intrigue does not lie with the supernatural beings, but with the emotions between the characters and the human instincts of love and longing that entrap the characters.


The character development may fall a bit flat, especially with the main character Bella, who tends to get...for lack of a better word...stereotypically annoying.
 

The themes revolving through this book are typical: good vs evil, though the lines are blurred quite a lot. You find yourself wondering exactly what the evil may be.

 

Stephanie Meyer is a great writer. The vocabulary is amazing, thought she had toned it down a bit from her original version. It does not, however, make the novel hard to read. It still flows easily off the page and into the reader's mind.

 

This book may be compared to Harry Potter books, though many Harry Potter fans aren't pleased with the comparison. The plot isn't as intricate and is based much more on romance; however, many readers appreciate this aspect and are just as entranced with this series as they were with the Harry Potter books.
 

If you have seen the movie, you must read the books. It offers a whole separate dimension to the plot and characters that the movie kills. The intensity of the relationship between Bella and Edward can only be realized when reading the book. The movie films as though expecting the viewers to have already read the book and understand the relationship.

 



 


 



 

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<![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by iliketuhtles]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-67384.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-67384.html Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:13:44 +0000 <![CDATA[ Cheesy, but still a good read!]]> I never thought that as an adult woman I would be reading a teenage book series based on of all things- vampires! Guess what? I did read it and I actually really, really liked it! What a shocker! I'm not sure what it is about this series that attracts me to it, but its addicting. I was introduced to this book series by my sister who is aIso in her mid-20's. She had gone to see the Twilight movie and then decided to read the books. I of course made fun of her for reading kids books, but when I saw that she couldn't put the book down and she kept talking about it, I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about. Boy, am I glad I did! What a great find these books are!

I do want to warn you these books and this author are not going to win any type of literary award. You have to read this book with an open mind and not be so critical as you read it. This book is intended as a casual read for pleasure so please be conscious of that and your reading experience will be that much more pleasurable!

I will admit the book is a little cheesy, but like I said earlier, it is so addictive! Its hard to describe the plot without giving too much away, but  the story takes place in Forks, Washington and centers around the love triangle of Bella, Edward, and Jacob. Bella has just moved to the sleepy town of Forks to live with her Dad and is miserable about having to live there. Everything changes for her when she meets Edward and his siblings, The Cullens, at her high school. She realizes something about them is very different but she can't figure out exactly what it is. The action takes off from there as we follow Bella through her journey of discovery to find out the truth about who or what the Cullens really are. 

I only wish Stephanie Meyer had gone into more detail on the lives of the vampires before their "change". That might have been interesting to explore but I guess not really pertinent to the main story. Maybe she can do that for another book series!

Overall its a great, fun read, but please don't take yourself or this book to seriously!

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<![CDATA[ Home Run for Stephenie Meyer]]> Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL book! Who could not like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer?? This was great. This entire series is so addicting, and I can not even tell why! But I do know that everyone I have spoken with feels the same.
Stephenie Meyer gave a great start to her series. She really hit it out of the ballpark with this one. Who knew reading about vampires could be so enjoyable?
Meyer really nailed it with her character and setting development. She really created a setting that you can really picture yourself in with Forks, Washington. The same with the characters, although they are supernatural, you feel like you can really connect with them. Edward-the hunky male hero, Bella- the simple, klutzy girl, Alice-spunky and playful, Jasper-subdued and quiet, Emmett-the cocky punk, Rosalie-the stuck-up princess, Carlisle-the caring father, Esme-the care-all, do-all matriarch, and Jacob-the loyal friend, along with many others. No matter who you are, you can relate to at least one of these characters, but when you get down to it, all the characters, no matter what, are fiercely loyal, and that is something I love. Plus, it also helps that the book leaves you pining for your own "Edward". ;)
I would recommend this book to anyone. There are so many different facets of the story for everyone to enjoy, and so far, everyone I know has.
Twilight is an absolutely wonderful book. Stephenie Meyer really created a masterpiece.

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<![CDATA[Twilight (movie) Quick Tip by JaseSea]]> http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-Twilight_movie_-13-1648309-67262.html http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-Twilight_movie_-13-1648309-67262.html Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:35:23 +0000 <![CDATA[ Interesting!]]> DELETE THESE QUESTIONS IF/AFTER YOU RESPOND!!

 

What was your emotional reaction as you read? It was kind of boring in the beginning but it got better as I read. Why? This is where Stephanie Meyer was introducing the characters.

 

Who would you recommend this reading to and why? I would recommend this anyone over 15 years of age. because it is pretty much the type of stuff they'll understand.

 



 

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<![CDATA[ I recognize that the writing is not good, but I can't stop reading!]]> 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:
            As in many pieces of young adult fiction, this novel places the adolescent protagonist in a position of independence, allowing her to take all of the credit for her actions and accomplishments.  Unlike most juniors in high school, Bella has many of the responsibilities and freedoms of an adult.  Within the first pages of the book, readers learn that Bella and her mother do not have a typical parent-child relationship.  This moment reveals that Bella has lived for most of her life as the caregiver, clearly illustrating her as an independent individual.  Bella gains an even greater amount of freedom after moving in with her father.  By removing her parents and other authority figures from the scenario, Meyer allows Bella to be the ruler of her own domain, having the space and agency to make independent decisions.  This absence also gives weight and legitimacy to her choices, allowing young readers to relate more comfortably to an individual who has the power they long for.  Her freedom and choices are ultimately validated in the book’s denouement, when Bella’s parents allow her to choose where she will live.  Not only does this illustrate her fundamental independence, but it also vindicates her life-threatening choices, appealing to young adult readers who want to view her as ultimately responsible for her own success and happiness.           
            Like most pieces in the fantasy genre, Twilight fulfills a number of crucial characteristics that will draw seventh and eighth grade readers to the story, most importantly, the quest archetype.  The quest is a scenario that appeals to readers of all ages, but is particularly timely and meaningful to young adults.  In other words, the quest in this case is the literary representation of the journey from adolescence into adulthood.  Young adult readers use fantasy as a means of exploring and tackling real problems.  Bella’s journey is an emotional one, coming to terms with her identity and entering into a mature relationship.  Bella is clearly lacking self-confidence and is unhappy about her physical and social identity in the opening of the book.  In contrast, once she completes her “love quest” she is transformed into a self-assured, optimistic, and fulfilled woman.  This is particularly evident in her attitude about love and relationships.  This transformation indicates a meaningful internal change, demonstrating Bella’s successful completion of the emotional quest and lending the text for use with seventh and eighth grade readers. 
            Yet another reason Twilightis appropriate for this age group is because it deals with subject matter that is psychologically important to young adults.  Through the course of the story, Bella enters into her first romantic relationship, which is an important milestone of adolescence.  She also gains confidence about her body. Most importantly, she develops a personal ideology when she chooses to become intimately involved with a vampire despite personal risk, social marginalization, and a life of secrecy.  Each of these is an important developmental task that helps young adults in their journey toward achieving an identity.  Therefore, Twilight appeals to seventh and eighth grade students because it explores and reflects emotions and situations that are significant in the lives of young adults, specifically the search for personal identity and acceptance in personal relationships and society. 
            This text is relatively uncontroversial, with conservative language and only small amounts of modest sexual intimacy.  While typical objections about sexual content are not relevant to the text, the central role of vampires in the text may be objectionable to conservative religious families and could be said to be “irreligious."   In order to overcome this barrier, it seems important to securely ground this text in the fantasy genre, reminding students and parents alike that the text will be treated as mere fiction.  Furthermore, explaining the symbolic representations of Edward as the unlikely hero may help them understand his character as a literary tool that leads their children to think more critically about good and evil.  In truth, my greatest hesitation in recommending this novel revolves around Meyer’s ability as an author.  In many ways the book is predictable, following conventions of formula literature, and her repetitive use of descriptive words and phrases feels tedious and amateur.  Despite these hesitations, the book’s popularity among both young men and women would encourage me to recommend the text for independent reading.  
 

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