Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.
So many people have given this book dreadful ratings, I actually didn’t think it was that bad. It isn’t one of the best books out there however it isn’t complete rubbish, it was quite an easy read but not necessarily bad.
I’m sure everyone has heard of the books or the films so I’m not going to bore you with the story.
I found Bella (in the books at least) to be smart, funny yet misunderstood. The book itself does have a pretty good story however it is quite badly written which may account for the mountain of bad reviews that this book has.
The conversations do become very repetitive with the whole “I can’t be with you, I don’t want to hurt you” “I love you and I know you won’t hurt me” “I can hurt you though so we can’t be together” it gets boring after repeating quite a few times throughout the story, Meyer is trying to make a point that Edward is dangerous but it doesn’t need to be repeated like this so many times.
I do think apart from this though that the story is quite interesting and towards the end it does get somewhat exciting. When the story is no longer about the relationship between Bella and Edward it is actually quite good.
She makes vampires more modern therefore bringing back an old story into modern times and obviously it is a big hit with the teenagers.
At the end of the book Bella decides she needs Edward and basically cannot live without him. I think this is where it starts going wrong for the series, it takes a strong character that people like and turn her into a spineless girl who depends on her boyfriend for everything and how she thinks she is unworthy…what message does this send out to the hundreds if not thousands of teenage girls reading this book? You cannot live without a guy and it’s glamorised in this book…what a brilliant way to influence the generation of young teenage girls, make them believe they have to have a boyfriend who is jealous and overprotective.
Also Edward cannot read Bella’s mind, this is awfully convenient for the story and Bella doesn’t question it once, she just accepts that he can read people’s minds.
I think the book gets such a bad rep because of the movie, just to make it clear the Bella in the book is feisty and doesn’t rely on Edward for everything…well at least not until the end of the book. From the film came the annoying fangirls to further put off anyone wanting to read the book, would you want to like something that a 13 year old obsesses over and hopes that Edward Cullen is going to bite her and turn her into a vampire? No, hence the bad reputation of the book.
I really don’t see the attraction with Edward Cullen though, he watches her sleeping and convinces her that he needs to follow her 24/7 or else she will die or injure herself. The two then become dependent on each other even though they literally just started dating and now she can’t live without him? What?!
Just to make it even more weird Edward…like 117 year old guy still goes to high school and falls in love with a 17 year old girl…this is creepy right? Also why is he even in high school? I get that they have to start out young but can’t he just stay home and pretend he’s home schooled if anyone asks? Surely by now he has to be bored of high school after repeating it over 100 times?
I don’t see why this is so popular though, maybe it is because of the teenage vampire thing? But I think there are better books out there that deserve the popularity more than this book.
But despite the bad writing and the neediness of Bella I did enjoy this book. I enjoyed that towards the end the story did become interesting and tense. Also if it gets hundreds of teenage girls into reading then can it be that bad? Perhaps it will lead them to better books with much better writing.
So overall I have mixed feelings on this book. I did like the story but there were a lot of holes in it and I didn’t like how controlling Edward was towards Bella and then how dependent she became on him. However the book was a lighthearted easy read.
Summing up: Easy read but not worth the hype