- Page Count: 498
- Release Date: September 6, 2006
- My Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads book description:
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.
Ok, Twilight is the biggest love/hate relationship of my reading life.
I won’t deny that part of me really did like this book and I’m completely split about how to rate it. After reading more YA books I can honestly say these are not bad when compared with so many other stories aimed at the same audience. I think the first Twilight book is a bit weak, but generally harmless fun in the grand scope of YA. It’s every cliche possible, but at least it actually tells a compelling story!
I was often annoyed with the main characters, yet loved the setting, secondary characters, and the idea of Edward’s tight-knit family. I really love the Pacific Northwest, the La Push reservation (even though she totally butchered the Quileute history), and the idea of the big immortal family that Bella gets to join. I did like the movies a lot more than the books, too — the soundtracks and scenery were the best parts!
The second and third books in this series are the best and I genuinely enjoyed them. I will defend these books so fast whenever people bash them as “garbage.” They’re like a silly, fluffy movie that you’d watch for a laugh…. it’s not going to be some super complex masterpiece but that doesn’t mean it has no value.
Now for my complaints: Bella is a weak shell of a Mary Sue (but most of my issues with her don’t start until the sequel). Edward has some serious depression and self-loathing issues. His actions in later books are sketchy at best and often border on abusive. Jacob can’t handle being friend-zoned or take “no” for an answer, but he’s the best out of the main characters. The writing quality is very average and many parts are just cringe-inducing. So, yes, I SEE THE FLAWS. But these books are still fun.
Twilight is extremely stereotypically YA, but maybe keep in mind that the aspects that have been done a million times over were more original when it first came out. These books totally changed YA and inspired countless other stories. I know so many people who got into reading because of these books, so I think it’s worth checking them out to see where it all began. At least Twilight is still better than most of the YA books it inspired!
Mini side rant: I really think the level of hate that Twilight gets is absurd. Yes there are better books out there, but that’s no reason to shame anyone for enjoying this series. I hope nobody thinks they have to hide their love for Twilight or is scared away from reading by book snobs.