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Twilight

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

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not worth its hype

  • Jun 28, 2010
Rating:
-2

Okay, I'll admit it. I first read this book because of the hype. Also, because the trailer of the movie looked interesting. Lastly, I've been going through Harry Potter withdrawal and I'm trying to find a fantasy series to put all of my pent-up energy in. So, now, what I have to say is this: WHAT THE HELL?!!

This book's premise sounded interesting. Bella moves in with her dad to a remote town in Arizona and falls in love with a vampire. But I foolishly thought that the book had more plot than that. It didn't. No, seriously, where was the plot in this story? Okay, Bella falls in love with a vampire, then what? I don't know. Do you know why? It never got past that. I've read both Twilight and New Moon and all I learned is that Bella is in love with Edward (the vampire). Bella is being mopey, obsessively in love with Edward for the first like 400 pages, the last like 50 or so, Bella is being chased by a vampire. But I am of the firm opinion that the whole being chased by a vampire thing was there just so Meyer could say that she had a plot. But she didn't. Or at least not much.

Now, what was up with the relationship between Edward and Bella? Was it supposed to immensely creepy? Because that's what I got. I'm supposed to believe that people fall that quickly in love within a week, without knowing each other, just because they can't figure each other out? Ooookay. I'm not that thick. And I guess I'm supposed to believe that Bella loves Edward for more reasons than because he's hot? I'm not supposed to believe she's shallow? Oookay. Another thing, does tru wuv actually excuse stalking? Because Bella seemed so ecstatic and flattered that Edward was following her, yet she did not scream "FELONY!" like any other sane person would have done.

If I read a story with a teenage heroine, I want her to be strong, independent, but most importantly, interesting. Bella was none of these things. She was mopey, pathetic, shallow, and selfish. Edward was all of these things, but prettier. Do yourself a favor and skip this book. I'll summarize the story for you:

Girl finds boy. Girl likes boy. Boy ignores Girl. Girl likes Boy even more. Girl and Boy end up going out. Girl loves Boy. Girl loves Boy. Girl loves Boy. Girl loves Boy. Girl loves Boy. Girl loves Boy. Girl gets chased by vampires. Boy saves her. Girl loves Boy. There you go. I just saved you from reading 400+ pages.

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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
Format: Format
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