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

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Possibly the Worst Book I've Ever had the the Mispleasure of Seeing

  • May 18, 2009
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I will never understand the huge following the the book Twilight has earned. In my opinion, this 'book' is more along the lines of a teenage girls fanfiction about some other vampire romance novel they picked up at an airport book store. Here are the reasons I shall never pick up these books again:

1. The characters are painfully underdeveloped.

2. While there may be one or two well written passages, they are ruined by the horrible ones that follow.

3. There is zero originallity in the naming of places and people (Forks? come now, you can do better than that).

4. The plot line is completely unoriginal. It has been done countless times already.

5. The  book's pace is slower than a crawl until the fourth book where everything finally happens but if the first three books aren't worth reading, then how are ever going to get to the fourth book?

6. Not only are the characters under developed, they are cliches of the genre. Let us explore this a little more.

Bella: The Perfect Belle (The name is cliche right off the bat) - Your average popular girl that everybody wants but she refuses them all because she's so much better than they are/she already has her sights set on 'the perfect man'. She is meek and helpless and to her, beuaty is only skin deep. She is niave in that she thinks if she has the perfect man nothing else matters.

Edward: The Aloof Hottie (Name is also bad. Ever heard of King Edward? All of them?) - Edward is the kind of guy that all the girls fall for and is the type that is so overused that it's almost sickening. He stays away from everyone because he doesn't want to hurt them and when Bella falls for him he tries to scare her away so she doesn't get hurt (wimper and whine. Old news people. Can we have something new please?).  He then proceedes by dictating her every move and what's more, Bella seems to like it. (Hey hold up there! Is this really for preteens? We're getting into some heavy stuff here.)

I've never been one for the sappy vampire romance. Under normal circumstances I would not pay any mind to a book such as this. It would just be another book that I wouldn't pick up on my next book store outing.

However, the huge following this book has earned baffles me and frustrates me because I cannot understand what they see in this book. I have read books that are twenty times better written and original to boot, but you don't see them with die-hard fans apparent at every turn.

As I said, I shall bever understand what is so great about these books. And frankly, I'm not sure that I want to.

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August 21, 2009
I agree with you: the story is unoriginal and it's horrible how popular this series has become. But I have one minor little nitpick, and that's only because I'm a Washington resident: Forks isn't a made up name, it's an actual town here in Washington. I don't know WHY she decided to write about a town that that actually exists, as from what I've heard she'd never even been there (or to Washington) when she wrote the book. Why not just make up a fictional town for herself? No idea on that part. But just wanted to point out that the town isn't fictional. The rise in Forks economy because of this book? RIDICULOUS.
August 21, 2009
lol I'm Canadian so I had no idea about Forks being an actual town. Still, the person who decided the name gets an E- in my books. Of course, some of the places here too have really bad names, but still!
 
July 11, 2009
It only gets worse from there, man. A LOT worse.

Although, she didn't make up Forks.  Forks, Washington is actually a real place.  It's a small town that's known for being overcast a lot.  It's why Meyer choose it for her book.

Also, I don't really think there was any significance about the names.  Not "Perfect Belle" or "King Edward" or anything like that.  I think she just needed names and grabbed a couple (Bella was the name she wanted for her daughter if she'd given birth to a girl).  It doesn't appear as though she was looking for any originality.

A fine review though.  I actually didn't think it was really that bad, but each books is progressively worse... especially the writing.  If you hate the writing it will NEVER get better.  It will only get worse.

August 21, 2009
I don't think Edward was meant to be anything. It comes across as a pretty standard, neutral name to me. It sounds like the name of a hero male character. But Bella seems a bit heavy handed to me, considering its actual meaning. Otherwise, completely agree with you.
 
May 18, 2009
I've seen people laughing at the preview of Twilight, the movie, in theaters because it looked kind of cheesy, so I thought the movie would bomb, but I was surprised to come online and realize that there were only rave reviews and a gazillion fans.  It's interesting to read the other side of things for a change! :)
 
May 18, 2009
Nice take- I love reading "devil's advocate" stance. The other series that comes to mind with a huge fan following is the Harry Potter books-- did you read those?
May 18, 2009
Yeah, I've read the Harry Potter series. I like it quite a bit though I think it still had room for improvement, as almost anything does. After a while Harry became kind of annoying. It was all 'me, me, me' though I'm pretty sure I understand why she did that though. Also, did you notice how Harry was almost lead by the hand through most of the trials? That aside, I did enjoy the series. Very entertaining.
May 18, 2009
Yeah... Seems like she did think of everything though. Even the "spin-off" tales like The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Any how-- I look forward to reading more of your reviews!!
 
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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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