twilight

  • Page Count: 498
  • Release Date: September 6, 2006
  • My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads book description:

Twilight (Twilight, #1) 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.


My thoughts:

3stars

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.

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6 comments on “Twilight by Stephenie Meyer”

  1. I love your review of this. I used to be so secretive with my love of Twilight because of how people put the books and movies down, but I’ve since grown to proudly say that Twilight got me into my love of YA. As you state, it IS silly, but it’s also a fun read. I started reading the books in 2008 and I’ve loved them ever since. Thank you for this review and your kind words!

    • Oh my goodness thats exactly what I hate to see (people being secretive of their love of some books) and I’m so thrilled that you’re happy with loving it now! There’s nothing wrong with a not-so-serious read 🙂

  2. Yes, totally agree with this entire review! It can be a cliche YA from time to time but there are still very strong aspects to the storyline! I think the series became stronger after the first book, despite there still being some issues, but it’s not a bad series. I used to read it all the time when I was in middle school and I loved it. Reading it from an adult point of view now I do see the flaws that I didn’t notice while reading it in my younger years, but I still enjoy it nontheless. I think I will always have a connection this series because of how much it influenced me as a young girl so it’s become a very nostalgic series for me. Loved your review and your acknowledgement of its flaws without totally dismissing it like so many people do!

    • Exactly! Like yeah it’s not going to be classic literature, but that’s not really what it was ever meant to be. It’s a fun YA story and I agree that the second and third books were better!! Glad you found something you loved so much in middle school 🙂

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