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Just because it's a book with vampires doesn't mean it's exempt from having to be realistic and not having glaring plot holes. I've also been told that there are even more in later books, but I'm not about to torture myself by reading the rest of the series just to find them and list them I have better things to do with my time Vampires Like I said before, I'm a big vampire fan. But, this book is an embarrassment to vampire fiction. The vampires are pathetic, sweet, innocent, almost "misunderstood" creatures.
I know that Meyer has every right to create her own idea about vampires. And, to be honest, I was okay with her idea about vampires until they started sparkling. To have them sparkle takes away the evilness of the myth of the creatures since, they are creatures of the devil Evil creatures do not sparkle, the idea's laughable at best.
Most normal people are not scared of something that sparkles in the sun. I mean, I know if I saw someone sparkling; I would not immediately think "vampire" and run. Not only because I don't associate sparkling with vampires, but also because how the hell is sparkling evil or scary?! By the way, the whole sparkling vampire idea just seemed to be there because Meyer wanted a reason as to why the vampires could even walk around in the daylight to begin with.
The idea was just a convenient way for her to write the vampires. Since, she's incapable of coming up with a better, much more creative idea. I don't mind the fact that they could come out during the day since that's not unheard of in vampire fiction nowadays , but I wish that Meyer had come up with a better idea that didn't make me laugh uncontrollably at the thought.
All the other myths about vampires are nonexistent. Holy water and garlic won't bother them just like the sun , stake through the heart won't kill them either, even beheading them won't get rid of them. She made her vampires practically invincible which is annoying. The only way to really kill one of her vampires is to rip it apart and burn the pieces or to blow it up. Two things that a human would have a hard time doing Especially since from my knowledge most vampires don't live like the Cullens, they could careless about humans.
If most other vampires were so cruel, why don't they come out to humanity and take over? It makes a lot more sense since a mere human would have a very difficult time killing just one vampire.
The fact that they had no weaknesses annoyed the crap out of me. Along with being almost invincible, they all had these special "powers", but they didn't have the bad side effects with them, only the good. All in all, her vampires were perfect. I don't like my vampires to be blood thirsty monsters that kill everything in sight. But, I also don't want them to be so pathetic and innocent either.
The only two vampiric qualities that are there are the ones that are well known among everyone: Otherwise, the Cullens are disgustingly human like. There's this saying in regards to writing: A good author always does their research whether it's fiction or non-fiction is irrelevant.
This doesn't mean that she needed to go by the other myths, it just means that she should have done a little research to see what she was getting herself into.
If she had done this, I would have been able to respect her ideas more because at least then she would have done her research. Messages I am somewhat appalled at the messages that this book sends out.. It's perfectly okay to have no goals or aspirations or even an education, just get yourself a man and he'll take care of you.
All Bella wants is to be with Edward, some aspirations, huh? It's also perfectly okay to like someone because of their physical features They have nothing in common! He likes her because she smells nice and she likes him because he's hot.
Bella goes on and on and on about how hot some part of Edward is every other page 3. When you have several guys fawning over you pick the hottest one of them all because looks are so very important. Mike and Eric pretty much say the same thing to Bella on her first day of school, but she's nicer to Mike than Eric because the latter wasn't very attractive.
Also, she picks Edward because of his looks as well 4. It's okay if the guy you love sneaks into your bedroom and watches you sleep at night before you even know him all that well It's completely disgusting to hear girls talk about this.
They swoon and gush about how romantic it is It is perfectly okay to become completely obsessed with your boyfriend and depend on him for everything. Bella's obsession and dependence on Edward sets feminism back a couple hundred years or so 6. Bella wants to become a vampire and leave her family and friends to be with Edward.
Your life is not complete until you find a man. This is nothing but a LIE. Girls do not need a man to be complete Like with the plot holes, I've been told that there are many more terrible messages in later books and once again, I'm not about to go out and read the books. However, I will say this The Obsession: Well, this gets its own category, mostly because I just don't understand what all the obsession is over I run across girls all the time arguing over who Edward "belongs" to He's a book character I also hate the fact that I can't go into the book store now without being bombarded with a huge display dedicated to this crappy series This was obviously a fulfillment story that I would expect a preteen to write on her livejournal.
This is not a book I would expect a thirty something year old woman with a college education to write and actually attempt and then succeed in getting published.
And, it was a degree in English Meyer could have made this book great, but no Honestly, I've read better over on fictionpress.
Maybe, if Meyer had posted this up there first, it would have been a much better story because the good writers over there would have set her straight. Maybe then, I would have been able to get through the novel, because it might have actually been good! And, oh just for the record I say that not only because JK Rowling actually has talent, but also because they are in completely different genres and can't really be compared.
Though, it does make me sick to see Harry Potter even mentioned in the same sentence as this piece of crap I found this site, and thought I should share with everyone: The creator of the above site has scanned copies of the Twilight books on to her computer and has taken it upon herself to point out the many issues that the books have these are mostly grammatical in nature.
If you are a fangirl who believes that Twilight is perfect and has no flaws then you should really take a look at this. View all comments. Kindly answer me pls. May 16, Please see end of review for what I recommend. Recommended to Steph by: Myself I had a moment of insanity.
Actual rating: Believe it or not, there are actually a few books that are worse than Twilight. Ok, funny story. I was sitting on my couch with my husband last night finishing up Twilight. I slammed the book shut and began rubbing my temples. Then, my husband goes, "So you finally finished, huh? I can't believe I used to like this book," I said.
Yeah, I remember you were on Twilight's balls hard. There isn't a single book on my shelf that has fluctuat Actual rating: There isn't a single book on my shelf that has fluctuated between all ratings besides Twilight. No, your eyes do not deceive you.
I actually have read Twilight 4 times. I used to hail from Shelfari. After I made the switch to GoodReads, I decided to give it 4 stars instead. So, recently I was browsing my GoodReads shelf I often do that to clean up ratings , I noticed Twilight was sitting pretty at 4 stars and was on my "favorites" shelf.
At the time I thought, "Wow, that's not accurate at all. Maybe it deserves 3 stars? I'll just do a fun little project and re-read the series and give them all better ratings. If your curious about the details of the project, stop on over here: And hey, if you like what you see, won't you subscribe?
The coolest thing about re-reading Twilight is that it has caused me to create really cool new shelves such as: Bella is dull as a doorknob.
And the first few chapters of the book are essentially a 'Bitch, Moan, Complain' session. So, we have Bella moving to Forks, WA because she wants her mother to be happy more on that later. And she's all like, "Ohhhh, I hate this place. It's green. Ewww, it's wet. Fuck my life. She cooks Charlie dinner. No, I don't have an issue with a female character enjoying cooking, but it is practically thrown in my face that Charlie can't fend for himself; Bella has to cook.
Well, what the hell was he doing before she arrived?! Oh, ya, did anyone else realize that despite the fact that she says she is not allowed to call Charlie by his first name; she almost always calls him Charlie? Bella goes to school and during lunch she first cast her eyes on the Cullen family.
And she's like, "WTF.
Do I smell? His reaction is so off-putting that she cries when she gets back to her truck. All because Eddie doesn't like her. Who the hell cares, Bella? Conceded much? Get over yourself. But no, she just obsesses with it. Everyday, I watched anxiously until the rest of the Cullens had entered the cafeteria without him.
Speaking of the beach trip, here is something the editors should have picked up on. When the beach trip is first brought up it's supposed to be happening in two weeks.
But, as Bella goes on and on about nothing in particular, a few pages later she mentions " Anyone notice something? Six weeks have passed and the beach trip is where? Not only that, but the girl's choice dance was also two weeks away and here six weeks have passed Some random shit happens causing Edward to swoop in and save danger prone Bella.
The worst thing about Twilight is how incredibly dependent Bella is on Edward. When she's not with him, she is always thinking about him. She barely knows him. They've had like two or three conversations and she has thoughts like: Besides, since I'd come to Forks, it really seemed like my life was about him. You're the only thing it would hurt me to lose. That's what proves me right. I care the most because if I can do itif leaving is the right thing to do, then I'll hurt myself to keep from hurting you, to keep you safe.
This is not love. But how could it be, with Edward torn between eating her and making out with her? Edward is a controlling creepy creeper. He had been watching her sleep for weeks before they started talking! Meyer are you condoning stalkish behavior?! I once read that Stephenie Meyer had a dream and that is how Twilight was born. She says she actually started writing from chapter 13 The Meadow to the ending.
It totally shows. While it's true the entire book is a shit storm in action, the second half is noticeably worse. The first half can easily be summed up as "Bella's Bitch Fest meets Creep-ward" and believe me when I say, it's really not as bad as the second half. How is that even possible? I have no idea, but Meyer pulls that shit off flawlessly. And ya know? I have a theory on that. Because Meyer had a dream about Bella and Edward and their 'true love' and she went to work on the second half before the first, there is all this raw emotions, strange pet names, and banter that's supposed to be romantic but fails miserably.
I just felt terribly uncomfortable reading it. And to top it all off, it was so bad , like, eye bleeding bad! It made me so angry I actually pulled out a pen and started marking this damn book up. Don't believe me? LMAO, seriously folks, I took notes. Feast your eyes on my personal copy of Toilette Twilight view spoiler [That's French for toilet, stolen from Haleema.
But I think the French word works pretty well. Hey, if you say it fast enough it sounds dangerously like Twilight. Just saying. I've also noticed a trend with Meyer. She doesn't write fight scenes. There was a huge build up for a fight with James and we see nothing of the fight. Bella is informed of what happened after the fact.
Good job, Stephenie. You totally ripped off your readers there. But first, Carlisle has a little conversation about Bella's mom and she somehow finds the will to mention to Alice what she knows about James. Like, really? Go to sleep Bella. You talk too much. I won't bore you with the details of the ending. I'm sure you already know.
But I do want to say that Bella's mother is the most selfish character next to Bella, of course. First she ships her off to Forks so she could be with her new husband. And no, do not tell me Bella chose to do that. Then, when Bella is in the hospital after the fight with James, she acts like she can't be bothered to stay with Bella.
Then she sighed and glaced guiltily over her shoulder at the big, round clock on the wall. I didn't know you were going to wake up Really, Renee?! Your daughter almost died and you are seriously acting like this?
Oh, but this shit gets better: I've been sleeping here, you know," she announced, proud of herself. Do you want a cookie for that? It's your job! Edward will be with me. And what does she think Edward and Bella are going to do? She has a broken leg, broken ribs, and cracks in her skull. C'mon now! Then Edward takes Bella to prom, he kisses her neck. The fucking end. Would I recommend this? You're shitting me, right? I'm about to go do this to my bookshelf: But I'll tell you what I recommend.
I recommend we all do this to our copies of Toilette. Continue on with the madness with my review of Midnight Sun and New Moon. They are so much fun! Have you seen the Twilight parody by The Hillywood Show? Go watch now!! New Moon: I personally love the Eclipse one. More reviews and more at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Jul 06, James rated it liked it Shelves: It turns out we don't need Dr. John Gray to tell us that men are from Transylvania and women are from Venus. We just need to read Stephenie Meyer books.
For example, from this book we learn that the millions of women who have wolfed down the Twilight series pun intended want men who: Talk about their feelings. Either Meyer's husband is the single-most communicative male on the planet and she doesn't realize how unusual he is, or she, like most of her female readers, is using her fiction to i It turns out we don't need Dr.
Either Meyer's husband is the single-most communicative male on the planet and she doesn't realize how unusual he is, or she, like most of her female readers, is using her fiction to imagine a world where men not only have deep emotions but want to admit to having them and talk about them over and over, articulating even the most subtle of their internal dramas. Make them flutter. But just being a sensitive new-age kind of guy doesn't cut it.
A man has to be hard-bodied, chiseled, dashing, and have eyes that pierce the soul, if not the skin even as they never look at your chest. This book suggests that a real man makes you constantly stumble over your words, bite your lip to refrain from exclaiming adulations, and lose yourself in the sweet smell of his breath.
Are fiercely devoted. That a girl of no spectacular beauty, who lacks any trace of conversation skills -- whose only virtue is that she smells really yummy -- can inspire an immortal creature of godlike power and grace to alter his entire existence to serve and protect her, watching over her by night more on that in 4.
This is a woman's ultimate fantasy -- to have the perfect man, perfectly devoted, for no good reason at all. Want them so bad that they won't take them. This, alas, is the most transparent aspect of this book's appeal. It speaks volumes about the differences between men and women to have so many women toss their bodice-ripping romances aside in order to read how a feral man with otherworldly physical desires can contain his passion and lust out of his pure and perfect love for his beloved.
It says that women really do wish they could have it both ways, to be an object of lust and devotion at once, to fulfill a man's desire without actually slaking his thirst for her. To have a man watch you sleep and not want to have even a little peek under the covers -- now that's hot fantasy for today's woman who is otherwise told on a regular basis that to be her best self she has to enage in casual and risky sexual behavior.
To see just what an indulgent fantasy this book is, just imagine the male-centric version of Twilight, in which a troubled teen boy moves to a small town to find the hottest girl in town is a vampiress.
Such a book would be about pages long all the unnecessary internal dialogue would be removed. No one would talk except to comment on the awesome size of, um, one's videogame library. The vampiress would be simple: She wouldn't hold herself back from trying to bite her intended, but would get so distracted with his bedroom technique that she would never get around to it.
We would laugh at such a book in fact, we know it would never be a book since men don't read; it would be a movie, and it would be a smash summer hit called American Vam-Pie-er, I'll start the screenplay right away.
Somehow, when this story is told in a similarly indulgent female-centric vein, we don't reject it, but sympathize with it. I believe this is because women get to indulge in their fantasies so rarely outside of Jane Austen novels while men are surrounded with theirs.
So far I have yet see spam email inviting one to "read hot things devoted husbands would say to their wives" or "see pictures of hunks promising not to get nasty out of respect for their women" or "download this purple pill so you can stay up late and share your feelings -- seven times in one night!.
Jun 07, Nicola rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I really enjoy lively details. There's nothing better than knowing an author has really thought about her characters and situations, and come up with some surprising and delightful detail that makes the whole reading experience fuller.
Lively details, you understand -- pointless details are a nightmare to read. I don't need to know that Bella ate a granola bar for breakfast. Notice that I remembered the granola bar. I think this is partly because I was fervently hoping it would I really enjoy lively details. I think this is partly because I was fervently hoping it would have significance.
Like, she would spectacularly choke on her oatmeal the next day and think, "AH, I should have had a granola bar like yesterday! There's a little thing called summary narrative. It's beautiful; it facilitates plot progression without having to follow your narrator through fucking-hours of a day I've seen this novel accused of Mary Sue-ism and um, yeah , any character named Isabella Swan seems destined to be a Mary Sue.
But honestly, I wouldn't begrudge a semi-autobiographical story if it actually had any of the realism of autobiography. That's not what being seventeen is like! Twilight reads like Bella has all the emotional maturity of a year-old and that's just not remotely believable.
Meyer is not a bad writer. She has the ability to string words together. Unfortunately, she lacks any kind of flair. There was no original description; no truly evocative language.
Twilight reads like Meyer has read a lot of mediocre novels and regurgitated the same kind of language onto the page. There is just nothing exciting to the language. The dialogue is awful: There's no difference in speech patterns to the characters; no awareness of personal tics.
The characterization is wafer-thin see above, re: Mary Sue. The plotting is terrible: This is such a profoundly antifeminist novel. And it's funny, because I think Meyer has no idea that it's antifeminist. I mean, she has a female heroine! A heroine who reads Austen and writes essays about misogyny in Shakespeare!
Surely she's kicking butt for all womankind. She cooks, she cleans, she looks after the man in her life! She needs male characters to protect her from the big, bad, scary world!
She falls headfirst into a disturbingly dysfunctional relationship with a man 90 years her senior without the slightest amount of worry! What's that all about? I don't get the attraction. He has her in his thrall. She is, let me quote, "unconditionally and irrevocably" in love with him -- and after, like, a week. I just think it's a bit sick, really. You know what I find romantic? Human warmth.
Not sweeping, dramatic statements of everlasting and overarching love. Little, sweet moments of connection that ring true. That's something Twilight 's apparently epic love story is sorely lacking in. Did I say Bella has the emotional maturity of a year-old? Well, except when it comes to Edward.
There she has the emotional maturity of a dumb dog. Apr 29, Clare Richardson rated it did not like it Shelves: I hate this book.
I will probably end up reading the rest of them, because if I don't, people that love this thing will think they can convert me if I just keep reading. ETA Jan. Never even remotely bothered to finish the series.
In short: The dialogue is stilted and absolutely wretched. The characterization is bad-- loose, jumpy, and the progression is occasionally senseless. The main characters themselves are not compelling: I can't express my disgust for the relationship between Edward and Bella.
It's not romance, it's not passion, it's not love. It's selfish idiocy at best. Bella as a character is insufferable: It's hormones. It's a bad, bad example for the teenage girls who read it. Bella's whole life is tied up in her boyfriend. She has no goals, passions, ambitions, or dreams besides wanting to be with Edward, who could kill her.
Edward's element of danger is occasionally compelling, but it's totally overshadowed by the fact that Bella is completely oblivious to it. She doesn't fear him at all, and that doesn't come off like love: What can I say about Edward. There is nothing lovable about him except that he is apparently the most beautiful thing in existence.
He's selfish: He's a creepy stalker: He's volatile: He's immature: He's controlling: Granted, she's dumb enough to get herself killed if he does. He's insulting: Which he's right to, but I digress. It's still insulting. I understand that Bella's smell and that Bella herself are irresistible to him.
But if he wanted the best for her, he'd stay away from her, period, the end. The story is stupid, the love story is bad, and if that's what Stephenie Meyer is preaching to teenage girls, I think it's pretty questionable. It's not just "a fun read". There are girls out there who want to be Bella and who want to find an Edward.
I think I might enjoy the story a lot more if Bella's idiot head was not the one I had to spend time in while reading it. If I had to read one more description of how beautiful Edward is, I was going to choke a kitten.
If it had focused more on the vampire family I would have been a lot more willing to forgive its faults. I thought Carlisle's and Alice's stories were really compelling, and Edward was finally accessible to me when he talked about Carlisle turning him into a vampire and how his family came to be formed, his life before Bella, etc. Some aspects of the vampirism were truly awesome: I found the idea that vampires can never sleep completely terrifying.
That they never, ever get a break and never, ever get to rest Entirely overshadowed by their flowery breath and the fact that they sparkle. Mothereffing ridiculous. This is hardly the tip of the iceberg, but I'm trying to spare you at least a little. Dec 02, brian rated it it was ok. DaffodilHill That was so funny Apr 27, Emina Balerina trying to suppress laughter in my cubicle at work!
May 27, Nov 21, Chris Van Dyke rated it liked it. I actually had to give this book three separate reviews by three sides of my personality. My three-star rating is the median of the three: Bella is smart, funny, well-read, pretty and yet misunderstood by most of her peers just like me.
Then she meets a cool, hot guy who turns out to be a good vampire, and he can do really cool things, like run fast and stop cars with his hands, but he's still sweet and wonderful. It's ultimate wish-fulfillm I actually had to give this book three separate reviews by three sides of my personality. It's ultimate wish-fulfillment fantasy -- what's not to like?
Meyers can tell a pretty good story, when she lets herself actually tell it -- the book starts out well, and would have been a bit more interesting if I hadn't known he was a vampire all along. Then it slows down during the long "getting to know you" dialogue exchanges between Edward and Bella -- there's no plot, just back-story and exposition disguised as conversations, and far too many "I can't be with you, I don't want to hurt you!
When the evil vamps show up, however, the story kicks back in and the end is quite exciting. When Meyers isn't dwelling on how perfectly angelic Edward is again! Since there are A LOT of pages to turn, I wish she would have infused that urgency into the story more often.
While abandoning most of the conventional cliches of vampire-lore stakes, sunlight, garlic, coffins she keeps all the modern-vamp-romance cliches alabaster skin, good hair, expensive taste in clothes, tragically distant , and adds a few of her own unfortunate twists vampires avoid the sun because it makes them sparkle, the good-vamp clan play some extreme version of baseball in a scene that was far too Quidich-y for my taste.
Too many cliches or trying to hard to be original -- somehow both criticisms are accurate. Review 3, by My Inner Feminist 1 Star: Meyers describes Bella as being strong, brave, and independent, but then shows her as a spineless, cowering victim who needs to be saved by her violently jealous and over-protective boyfriend.
She constantly goes on and on about how Edward is perfect at everything and how he's so gorgeous and she is so unworthy of him, how he's so strong and he protects her. In fact, she never gives any reason for liking him other than how hot he is, but that's fair because Edward never gives a reason for liking her other than she smells good.
He is frustrated that Bella is the only person whose thoughts he can't read, so he eavesdrops on her friends minds to find out what they talk about, he follows her whenever she leaves her house, and he secretly camps outside her room when she sleeps - that doesn't sound sweet, it sounds creepy.
Sep 15, Jared Vincent Lacaran rated it did not like it Shelves: Words need not be said. Jan 15, Joe rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Save your time: First pages: I'm dangerous! I wish I was kidding Last pages: I'm being chased!
I'm scared! Oh my. This book, to me, is like chocolate: By "beneficial qualities", I mean that it's reading, and since when is reading bad? Let me say quite clearly that I'm a sucker for romance, especially the intense, passionate, tragic kind.
Sound corny? Yeah, I know, and the only reason Meyer gets away with it as well as she does is because Twilight doesn't try to be anything it's not, and it has such conviction. Only Meyer could get away with giving her narrator the name Isabella Swan. She says in her little bio at the back that she wanted to write believable characters: True, a lot of people haven't been able to suspend their disbelief with this book, but that doesn't affect my reading experience: Seventeen year old Bella's parents are divorced.
She lives with her mum in Phoenix, Arizona, and spends time with her dad Charlie in Forks, Washington State, where it rains almost constantly. She hates Forks, but when her mum remarries a baseball player, Phil, and starts travelling with him, Bella decides to move to Forks.
On her first day at school she notices the isolated group of five beautiful, graceful siblings. Rosalie, Alice, Emmet, Edward and Jasper. One in particular catches her eye: Edward Cullen, with his rust-brown hair and topaz eyes. She is more than a little surprised and shocked when he seems to have developed an acute, profound hatred of her. Her fascination deepens, especially when, after a brief disappearance, he saves her life.
She soon figures out what Edward is, and the knowledge doesn't frighten her. The shaky friendship between them develops into something much stronger, and Edward reveals his overpowering reaction to her smell that nearly made him kill her on the spot - hence the look on his face that so shocked her, and the restraint he put on himself during an hour of Biology. Let's not forget he's incredibly handsome: My fascination grew alongside hers, until I too fell in love with Edward - in a totally girly, daydreamy way.
Yes, I admit it. I don't know if that makes this a girly kind of book - these days those boundaries don't seem to matter so much, and the vampire family is pretty darn cool, what with Edward's extra ability to read minds, Alice's premonitions, Jasper's ability to affect people's emotions, their speed, their invincibility Bella is at one point compared to Lois Lane, because Edward and his kin really are like Superman.
One of the things I love about YA books: Granted there is some repetition in Twilight , but to me it's necessary repetition.
There's nothing superfluous in Twilight , nothing that shouldn't be there, and the flow, the pacing, is great.
It's a fat book, but I read it in two days. I read it with breakfast, on my walk to the subway, on the subway, up the escalator, through the ticket gates, to work, in my lunch break I couldn't get enough of it, and it left me with that same craving for more that Harry Potter did I remember scrounging around for loose change as soon as I finished one of them and dashing off into the city to get my next fix.
It helped that four were already out when I started. There's plenty of negative stuff you could say about this book - the writing, the characters, the obsession - but again, I couldn't care less: Another thing I loved was all the vampire myths Meyer scrapped.
These vampires aren't burnt to ash by sunlight: They are not hurt by crucifixes or stakes through the heart. They drive fast cars really really fast. And they can fall in love.
Seriously though, this was one of most fun, most enjoyable, most romantic books I've read in a long time, and I'm so happy there are two more out with a fourth on the way. They are, somewhat predictably, making Twilight into a movie - still in the early development stage - but it's rather fun to go to the author's website and see her own preferences for actors to play Edward etc. Can't say I'm familiar with most of them, but her top choice now sadly too old , is indeed a perfect match.
Who knows who they'll really cast, but as with the book, the characters have to be right or the whole story will be just silly and sappy. Yes I've been corrupted.
Or rather, I've always loved romance stories but had trouble admitting it. Now, I just don't care: Jun 19, Trin rated it did not like it Shelves: Let me give you an idea of how much my opinion of this book changed at different stages of reading. When I was about a third of the way through, I was so into it that I immediately put my name on the library reservations list for the sequel, and wishlisted every edition on BookMooch. Now, having finished, I doubt I'll bother to read any further in the series.
The opening is really quite interesting: Bella moves from sunny Arizona to rainy, gloomy Washington State to live with her father her som Let me give you an idea of how much my opinion of this book changed at different stages of reading. Bella moves from sunny Arizona to rainy, gloomy Washington State to live with her father her somewhat loopy mom wants to follow her new husband while he's on the road as a minor league ballplayer.
To her surprise, she gains almost instant popularity at her new high school—with the exception of the beautiful Edward Cullen and his siblings, who either ignore her, or in the case of Edward himself, seem to be repulsed by her.
Why does he save her life? What are a bunch of vampires doing impersonating students at a small town high school, anyway? Unfortunately, the answers to all these questions seem to be either nonexistent or extremely lame. Edward reacts weirdly to Bella because she 1 smells unusually good, and 2 is the only person he's ever met whose mind he cannot read.
But, you know, the actual mysterious stuff is apparently not important—instead it's more important that we realize that the Cullens are good vampires, who only eat animals, and who do nice, all-American things like play baseball in the woods.
Also, all the weaknesses you've heard vampires have are just myths. Garlic, stakes, even sunlight—no problemo. Yet Edward would never even consider turning Bella, because that would make her an Evil Thing. Instead, what Edward and Bella apparently CAN do is be very emo and teenage about their twu luv despite Edward actually being over years old , and be threatened by a villain that shows up in the novel's last third just to give it some semblance of an actual plot.
Then, once all is well, they go to the prom! And still, none of this answers my number one question: Especially when you're not even trying to bang high school girls. Angel at his most pathetic emo mopiness had more spine. Feb 13, Miranda Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: So, my review might be a bit biased This was my first and only major episode of fangirling.
I owned a tshirt "vegetarian vampire" - so edgy. I saw the first movie an embarrassingly high number of times in theater.
I judged people based off of Team Edward or Team Jacob for the record: Edward in the books, Jacob in the movies. Even now, more than 10 years later, I still absolutely adore this first book - there's too many good feelings.
I tried so, so hard to look at this book with my sop So, my review might be a bit biased I tried so, so hard to look at this book with my sophisticated grown-up eyes, to see past all the trite plotholes and develop a good, sound hatred of Twilight.
I just can't - I live for this series. So, just keep in mind where I am coming from when I decided to reread this one. My overwhelming realization? Bella should probably be hospitalized There is no way she doesn't have some inner-ear or traumatic brain injury.
There is no physically relevant way a seventeen year old could be that unbalanced. It defies all logic. It's like every time I turned the page, there'd she go. You really should stay away from me. The other overwhelming realization? Rosalie was the voice of reason. I remember absolutely hating her because she was the only one who stood between Edward and Bella.
How dare she not love that they're in love? Team Rosalie-the-voice-of-reason all the way. Despite everything, the cheesy quotes, the terribly unrealistic portrayal of love and the big sparkling plot-holes, I can't help it.
I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him. Me, falling in love with this book all over again. Still got that 10 yr old vegetarian vampire shirt in the back of my closet. That's my original Twilight copy, literally worn away from my multiple rereads Audiobook Comments Well-read by Ilyana Kadushin, though I wish the guy voices were a bit more distinct when the girl-reader said them. They were all just slightly deeper version of girl-voices.
Mar 31, Blythe rated it it was ok Shelves: That is all. View all 21 comments. Apr 17, Stephen rated it did not like it Shelves: Your score in Part I should have given you a good idea of how critically you judge vampire fiction, placing you in either "Group A" or "Group B" based on overall points scored.
Group A: A fairly harsh to extremely harsh critic that requires in a vampire story that it be: Group B: This group also includes those that are not sure what the word critic means. In this section, we will take a look at the most popular vampire series in publishing history i.
For each of the 4 questions below, select the answer that best describes your personal taste when it comes to vampire fiction. Each answer has a corresponding point value that will be added up at the end of the test.
The total number of points will indicate a preference for a certain kind of vampire novel, which can then be used to assist you in selecting the right story for you.
Which of the following best describes your favorite kind of vampire? Ugly and reeking of ickyness with deformed monster-like physical appearance and sharp, nasty animal-like teeth and claws.
Which of the following best describes your desire to become a vampire like those in your favorite stories? Yes, I think it would be pretty cool. Close, but no. I think the loneliness, lack of Vitamin D and dietary restrictions outweigh the longevity and the cool, soulful hipness.
No way, I would rather die than become one of those things. Not only would I rather die but I would personally hogtie my best friends and leave them for the creatures to munch on while I made good my escape. I would say YES, but would spend the next 20 minutes qualifying my answer using phrases like: I would stare at them stunned for several seconds and then bitch slap them hard across the face for asking me such a dumb shit question, screaming that vampires DO NOT sparkle, wear hair gel or play baseball If they made a major hollywood movie of your favorite vampire movie, what rating would the MPAA give it?
PG for strong sexual situations, strong sexual situations and strong to very strong sexual situations. R for Adult language, sweet, bloody violence, fright and nudity followed by bimbo deaths. NC to banned in the U. Ignore the 1 star rating above, download "first printings" of all four of the Twilight books and read them over and over until your eyes bleed.
Best to skip Twilight as it is not likely to be a memorable read for you. View all 92 comments. Jul 02, karen added it Shelves: Call me crazy, but Twilight wasn't that bad. Well, sure, it's bad, but it's not 1-star bad. The sequels were atrocious, sure, but the first book wasn't the worst crap I've ever read. What I suspect most of us hate about Twilight isn't the book itself, but the legion of rabid, terrifying fangirls.
The ones debating on online forums about Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. Edward continues to refuse as he hates being immortal, and does not want Bella to suffer the same fate. Main characters[ edit ] Isabella Swan - Isabella, who prefers to be called Bella, is a year-old girl. She moves from Phoenix, Arizona to Forks, Washington to live with her father. Her mother moves to Florida with her second husband.
Bella has a kind and awkward personality that is more mature than most girls her age. She is intelligent and observant, noticing and formulating theories about the Cullens' strange behaviors, physical features, and unusual abilities. As the novel progresses, Bella unconsciously learns how to make difficult choices and accept their consequences.
He has a supernatural gift for reading people's minds. Since Edward's transformation into a vampire, he had never fallen in love nor believed that he needed to. He later realizes that his existence was completely pointless and without an aim.
In Bella he finds compassion, love, acceptance and care. Rochester from Jane Eyre. When the Cullens try to protect Bella, James figures she will be the biggest hunt of his life. Upon first meeting, Bella is charmed and impressed by Jacob in many ways. Jacob learns that he is similar to Bella in many ways. Her father Charlie sees that Jacob is safe boyfriend material, the kind of guy he would approve her dating. Carlisle Cullen - Carlisle is a handsome, conscientious doctor.
As patriarch of the Cullen clan, Carlisle started the practice of a 'vegetarian' no human diet. As a human in the 17th century, Carlisle was the son of an anti-'evil-being' pastor. Development[ edit ] Meyer claims that the idea for Twilight came to her in a dream on June 2, She dreamed of a human girl and a vampire who loved her but still wanted her blood.
Inspired by her dream, Meyer wrote the draft of what is now Chapter 13 of the book. At first, Meyers didn't name her two main characters. She named the female lead Isabella, thinking she would have chosen that for a daughter. Rosalie and Jasper were originally named Carol and Ronald.
She lettered the chapters instead of numbering them, Chapter 13 being E. The last chapter of the first draft kept getting longer and longer, so she wrote epilogue after epilogue. However, she realized that she wanted to explore many of the events in the backstory and the reasons behind the events in the chapters, so she planned to write a chapter backstory. Instead, these turned into twelve chapters by the time she was finished.
An inexperienced assistant at Writers House responded to her inquiry, not knowing that young adult books are expected to be about 40, to 60, words in length.