Author: Stephenie Meyer
# of pages: 544
Published: October 5, 2005
Ok, I finally caved. I finally read Twilight. I really have been meaning to for quite some time, but just hadn’t gotten around to it – I wasn’t in any kind of hurry. For anyone living under a rock, let me explain the basic plot – Bella Swan moves from Phoenix to live with her father in a tiny town near Seattle, called Forks. She meets and is instantly attracted to the gorgeous and mysterious Edward Cullen, who ignores her for a few days before saving her life and subsequently deciding that he likes her too. A short while later, after Edward saves her life one more time (Bella is pretty accident-prone) he discloses to her that he’s – gasp – a vampire! And, being the completely irrational person that Bella is, this doesn’t scare her one bit, it only makes her like him more, and become even MORE obsessed with his gorgeousness and mysteriousness. The majority of the book is them mooning over each other, Bella constantly describing how amazing Edward really is, with some action and craziness thrown in toward the end of the book – including a vampire fight. Oh, and she gets to meet and fall in love with Edward’s amazing family of vampires.
So I have to say that I did enjoy reading the book. It absolutely kept me entertained, I gobbled it up in two days, and I totally get the hype surrounding it. I mean, come on. Vampires and teenage love – what more could a 16 year old want in a book? And yes, Bella and Edward’s relationship borders on obsessive, but I remember what it was like to be in love for the first time – it tends to get a little obsessive. You want to be around the person all the time, you don’t care about the dangers involved (who hasn’t dated a “bad boy” at some point in life, especially in high school?), and you definitely feel protective of that person and worry that they’ll find some sort of danger around every corner. Combine that with the ups and downs of dating a vampire, and you’ve got Bella and Edward in Twilight.
It’s not quality literature or anything, but Twilight is enjoyable. And yes, I already went out and purchased New Moon. I’m curious to find out what I think about that one – I hear Edward isn’t around as much… could be better, could just be annoying, we shall see.
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