twilight

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

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.

3stars

I haven’t read Twilight in about a decade, so I wanted to go back and see if I still like it now that I’ve read so many other YA books.

Aaaaand… I honestly couldn’t finish this. I think I stopped around 20%. The writing was just too difficult to sit through right now. BUT I was surprised by how much I wasn’tannoyed with Bella this time. She actually does have a personality and just reminds me of a lot of teen girls who are more reserved, unsure, and still figuring themselves out.

So I didn’t make it very far, but apparently it’s still the same love/hate relationship for me.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

I won’t deny that part of me really did like this book and I’m completely split about how to rate it. I was thoroughly annoyed with the main characters, yet loved the setting, secondary characters, and the idea of Edward’s tight-knit family. And 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. It’s every cliche possible but also generally harmless fun if you love YA.

Now for my complaints: 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 below average and many parts are just cringeworthy. And I do not understand why on earth the author chose to totally rewrite the history of a very realNative American tribe. So, yes, I get the criticism over this series.

I still really love the Pacific Northwest, the La Push reservation, and the idea of the big immortal family that Bella gets to join, though. I did like the movies a lot more than the books, too — the soundtracks and scenery were the best parts! But I went to Forks in real life and was so let down by how the town is absolutely nothing like what’s described in the books. I think Stephenie Meyer mostly just googled the fact that they had rain and then kind of wrote her own thing from there?

Yes, Twilight is kind of like junk food and extremely stereotypically YA… but I feel like the aspects that have been done a million times over were more original when this book first came out. I will defend Twilight so fast whenever people bash it as “garbage” because it totally changed YA and inspired countless other stories. And I know so many people who got into reading because of these books! So Twilight’s definitely not the greatest book ever, but I had fun with it when I was younger and still think it’s an important part of YA.

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6 comments on “Review: 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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