I read this book when I was fifteen so of course I fell in love with it. Over time, I realised it was not the epic love story I thought it was and it is actually quite problematic (that's more in New Moon though).
Bella is a Mary Sue of a protagonist and, in my opinion, one of the worst female characters ever - in league with Ana from 50 Shades. She is very annoying and obsessive compulsive over Edward. I think the novel could have been far better if Bella had a personality and some backbone.
I have always been on #TeamEdward and so my heart breaks now having a bad opinion of him. To be honest, he was a pretty shoddy boyfriend who always attempted to do the wrong things for the right reasons. Also, I do not see his attraction to Bella. Astounds me to this day.
Also, I hated his family. They remind me of Sarah J. Maas' characters in that all of them need to be in relationships, etc.
Despite the annoying characters, the plot was mildly intriguing and an interesting take on the old and classical vampire novel.
I read these book in college when everyone was reading them and they were "good." However, now that I read YA all the time I know that they are lacking in so many ways! Also, after reading The Host which is also my Myers, I am sad that she wrote Twilight when it is not showcasing her talent at all!
I was going to give this book one star, but decided three would be more relevant.
I'm not going to lie, Stephenie Meyer over analyses EVERYTHING. To the point where Bella plays with her freckle on her hand, to describing Edward's 'lavender smooth; beautiful' eyelid, to eating a damn granola bar, to licking his smooth marble; hard lips. I couldn't stop laughing. I thought, 'Who the hell describes eyelids? I've never read a novel where the author describes a boy's eyelids as "lavender" and "pretty."' It's true, it does seem as though Meyer kept a thesaurus next to her to find a word that's 'bigger' than the actual word itself.
I did like the novel, I'm sorry to say. It's not a bad read, the film is horrible. This novel has many flaws, but think about it. This is a FANTASY novel - a novel that was base on Meyer's dream and pure IMAGINATION. If this was nonfiction then it would definitely be gay for a vampire to sparkle.
Giving it three stars for me means it was an OKAY read, it's not all that. I read it twice and once should have been good enough for me. After reading it for the second time, I put the book down, I couldn't go on.
I did like the Saga itself, Breaking Dawn especially.
The basic story idea is interesting and could be fun. Obviously with the popularity of this series amongst so many people, coupled with the seething disdain of it from so many other people, this author has managed to tap into some sort of fundamental human emotions. I guess it really works for some folks, but for me I found it mostly irritating. I think it was mostly just the dialogue. It was just really vapid. I also hate how weak and helpless Bella is.
Twilight, otherwise known as The Latest Cultural Phenomenon.
We all know the basic jist--boy meets girl, boy turns out to be bloodsucking fiend, girl falls in love with boy, boy angst, girl angst, happily ever after. But what's really the deal with everyone's favorite sparkling vampires?
Alright, let's get it out there up front: they sparkle. Vicious, bloodsucking, eternal monsters. Who sparkle. Yes, like disco balls. And figure skaters.
You know what actually happened to Dracula? Neither do I. My guess is that he's allergic to glitter.
The thing is, though, while I was reading Ms. Meyer's literary debut...I enjoyed it. What can I say? I'm a teenage girl, and Edward is the epitine of The Perfect Man. Hawt, undead, brooding, devoted. What more can a girl ask for?
Well, looking back, independence. Perhaps a boyfriend who doesn't watch her sleep ten hours a night. Maybe the ability to walk thre feet without being swooped into a pair of granite, frigid arms? I don't know, though. That just might be me.
Overall, I believe Twilight to be horrendously glorified, but not completely terrible. I guess it's just a matter of what you like--romance readers will eat it up and come back for seconds, but femme fatale femenists will probably come out of it screaming and pickoting all book stores for telling girls its cool to be completley dependent on another human being (or vampire---whatever).
A decent enough debut, but the media coverage is giving Twilight far too much coverage for it's own good.
Twilight is an Ok book overall. The beginning was very slow, and kind of boring, but if venture far enough into the book, it gets really good, you can almost physically see the love between Bella and Edward!! Alice Cullen is so cool, but Emmet bothers me, I so want Bella to become a vampire, but the second book was alot better.
This book wasn't great. There were major plot holes as well as annoyingly perfect characters. But I am not going to go as far as some of the really hardcore Twilight haters who absolutely bash this book time and time again. Although this wasn't a great book I will admit it did appeal to my teenage girl side. I will even go as far as to say that it was slightly, ever so slightly, even enjoyable to read at times. Yes, the story telling got very annoying at times and for large portions of the plot it was just two people lusting for each other, but it wasn't exactly hard for me to read. It wasn't terrible to the point where my brain actually started to melt and I had to stop reading for my own sanity. It was an okay book, simple as that. And the reason for its ridiculous popularity is because look at the fan base. I am going to guess and say that 99.999% of Twilight fanatics are teenage girls. Why? Because, as I said before, this book appeals to the teenage girl in all of us.
This book does have a somewhat interesting story line. Girl loves boy and boy loves girl back, but boy also wants to suck girls blood. I read through this book fairly quickly and even though many say that the climax at the end of the book was a horrible plot device, I still found myself turning the pages to see what would happen next. Yes, I feel that it was a complete copy of other books such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Voldemort tricks Harry to walk into a trap just as James did with Bella. But I still found it amusing. Its an easy read that lets you escape into a heated romance. No, I am not going to leave this book with any moral values to question or some well thought out question about life and what it means, but i will leave this book feeling kinda giddy for no apparent reason.
Twilight is neither the next Lord of the Rings nor the worst book ever written. It is a nice romance that lets its readers be washed away into another world with a really Hott vampire. =)