Twilight (Twilight Saga #1)
I read this series about 5-6 six years ago all in one week and I fell in love with it (though I wasn't a fan of the 4th book). I think I read it in total about 4-5 times before moving on because it somehow lost it's appeal for a while. I fell in love with Edward and Bella and the whole story surrounding it. I thought it was so romantic.
However, I decided to reread them again about 6 months ago and boy was I in for a suprise.
I found that I didn't really like it anymore. The story was ok, but I found that the critique that first annoyed me, now made a lot of sense. I think it portraits a very bad relationship and is on the obsessive/compulsive/abusive side. I don't like that Bella has absolutely no life outside Edward, nor is she allowed to have one. He spies on her, never leaves her side and watches her sleep. These things seemed great and romantic at first, but on rereading them it just seemed incredibly creepy.
I can see that it is just a story, but I think it can be damaging for impressionable young girls, which is not a good thing since it really sort of idolizes abusive relationships. I didn't hate the books and they have some sentimental value, which is why I rated it two stars out of 5. But these days I simply prefer more realistic, grown up and healthier books.
Out of all the books I liked book number 3 the most and I really didn't like book 4. The entire book - which is far too thick - is about working towards a battle - that never actually happens. Which kind of makes the entire series end as a dudd.
So as I used to love it myself, I can understand why others do. I think I've mostly outgrown it and can't overlook the horrible writing anymore.
Twilight is proof that a thousand poop throwing monkeys can be put in front of computers and some sort of story will show up. Not a good one, not a well written one, not one that has merit to be used to clean up said monkey poop. But it's a story. What's even worse is this series also shows that people are idiots and will buy whatever the king monkey says. I am convinced that this author took a 7 year old fan fic about a dog and tried to do something with it. If rather read the original fan fiction. This author should be drawn and quartered In front of any library to appease the gods of the written word or to end her suffering. Your reason is your reason. I want to kick Myers in the teeth.
The author takes great pains to describe what Bella has for breakfast every morning, and I was left thinking that I should pay attention, as this will have some meaning later on. It doesn't. The author takes great pains describing every character's hair texture and color and, once again, due to the repetition of this, I thought that there was some hidden meaning. If there is a meaning, it's extremely well hidden, because this information doesn't seem to have any real purpose.
This would have been an excellent graphic novel - at least I wouldn't have been tortured by the inane dialogue tags ("Yes," she gulped. GULPED? AAAAAARRRRGGGHHHHHH spare me!!!!) Imagine what fun an artist would have with this book! The whole "chase scene" would have made more sense in the graphic novel format, rather than a supposedly "realistic" presentation. The chase scene was really contrived and a huge stretch. It was dumb. At least the reader would have been spared the whole dialogue tag business, and he would be spared about 5000 adverbs, for which he would be thankful.
I bet that in the hands of the right director, it would make an excellent movie. My family all traipsed out to see it the other day and they reported that it is, actually, a very good movie. So, you see, the book isn't ALWAYS better than the movie.
There is something very nice about this book, however. It's printed with lots of space between the lines, and nice, wide margins. I read it in just a few hours. Some books take me weeks to read. Books printed in this nice, airy layout are *very* easy on the eyes.
Off to re-read, after 30 years, Interview With the Vampire, because I really do love a good vampire novel.
While I completely understand the fascination with this book, I am so happy that I didn't choose to read rubbish of this nature when I was an angsty teenager. I did not like any of the characters, and the message about love that it sends is no healthy for preteen and teenaged girls.