Author: Stephenie Meyer
Series: The Twilight Saga
Date Started: November 26
Date Finished: December 4
Format: Hardcover from my own shelf
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret. What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back….
So unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, you know about this book and the craziness that it created. For the record, before the craziness started I had already read and fallen in love with this book and I was really dismayed when the hysteria started and anyone connected with it got subjected to ridicule. Eleven years later and…well, I’ve honestly grown up. Don’t get me wrong, there were still scenes that made me smile – when Bella got asked out by all those guys and started considering taking out Edward’s car, when Bella comes up with the plan to deviate James and Emmett comments about how diabolical she is, etc. – but all the bad press that surrounded this book has finally sunk into all the crevices.
Meyer is very boringly descriptive about Bella’s actions. She could have cleaned up a lot of it. I didn’t need to know every detail of Bella’s life. Went to the bathroom, then cleaned the dishes, etc. If it wasn’t for the witty dialogue I probably would have not continued reading this book, which is just sad considering how much I used to like it. I won’t even get into the crazy, crap that the relationship between Bella and Edward is unhealthy. I mean, jeez guys. It’s FICTION. A vampire and a human fell in love, and Edward is very adamant about keeping her alive. He even threatens to leave – and actually does in New Moon – just to protect her and make sure that she lives a human life. You want an unhealthy relationship take a look at the Crossfire quintet and then get back to me.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I don’t think enough time has passed since the Twilight phenomenon has died down for me to read this with a clear mind. Characters that made me laugh our right, barely made me chuckle. And I found myself analyzing every bit of Edward and Bella’s encounters to see what other people saw. That’s not good. Fiction is meant as an escape. There is a reason I didn’t become an English major.
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