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