“Twilight” is everything that I thought it would be, and more. And what I thought was that it was horrendous.
The language feeds into its young adult target audience, Twilight Moms notwithstanding. Basically I went into reading it knowing it as fanfiction, and it read like that. My opinion didn’t change when I finished it. I enjoyed the book for what it was though. I can see why it would capture the hearts and minds of readers everywhere. There is a little bit of everything: romance, horror, adventure, dysfunctional families, finding what you’re capable of, and feeling like an outsider.
Bella has yet to grow on me. Perhaps it will change when I read “New Moon” and “Eclipse,” but from “Twilight,” Bella just out and out pissed me off something crazy. Her being clumsy seemed to be a hindrance rather than a cute byproduct of being Isabella Swan. Her being practically unaware of the power she had was just silly. There is absolutely nothing spectacular about her, other than Edward falling for her.
But I suppose that is the clincher. Everybody can see themselves in Bella: a teenage girl falling in love with the first time, not really sure where her place is in the world, coming into her own about her sexuality, etc. However, I like my female protagonists to be more than what Bella is presented as in “Twilight.” She left a bad taste in my mouth. I’ve read interviews that Bella is very much a reflection of Stephenie Meyer, a self-proclaimed “late bloomer.” All good authors find themselves in their characters in some way. The writing in first person was a bit tiring after awhile. I really didn’t care to hear the inner thoughts of Bella.
However, I find the Cullens fascinating in their own right. I’m not quite sure why, but I’m dazzled, haha. Vampires fascinate me in general. I once found an old book from the 70s or something in my elementary school library that taught me the history of, how to identify, and ultimately, kill vampires. I like to think I was a vampire slayer from 8 years old. I like the unique spin Stephenie put on the mythology of vampires though. As such, I would rather hear about the Cullens than Bella, to be honest. Stephenie should write a book about them, and NOT in the first person. At least the fourth book is gonna be from Edward’s point of view, right? That’s something to look forward to.
The inclusion of James and his coven seemed a bit tacked on at the end, as though her editors said “you need some outside drama, throw in another coven!” Like if she seeded in the drama earlier – rather than focusing on Bella’s clumsiness and Edward constantly saving her – I think it would have been far more interesting. But I guess I’ll take it for what it is.
Like most things, I resisted falling into the “Twilight” zone (bet you’ve heard that one before). I am very slow when it comes to fandom, especially with books. And like with Harry Potter, I didn’t start reading the series until they made Sorcerer’s Stone. Which is probably why all the Twilight Tuesdays posts on ONTD, with their dazzling text and all that, drew me in. And imagining Robert Pattinson as Edward as I read it, just put me over the edge. I will politely refuse to call myself a “Twilight” fan until I’ve read more of the series. It was much too juvenile for me to feel comfortable identifying myself as a fan.
Rating: 0 out of 5 stars