Monday, June 8, 2009

Twilight

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.

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife -- between desire and danger.

from bn.com

Nathan says 4 stars...

Every teen reader in the world has heard of this book. Most of those readers have an opinion on it too, mindless adoration by some, seething hate by others. I personally fall somewhere between. I'm going to be incredibly honest. Stephanie Meyer is not the best writer at the beginning of Twilight. Her prose is crude and clunky, and the dialogue is occasionally cringe-worthy. By the last of the book, and definitely by the end of the series, Meyer is an exponentially better writer. The draw of the story lies more with the plot. Impossible love and mythical creatures are standbys of teen fiction, and they are effectively used in Twilight. The characters are pretty interesting, and well-conceived. Whatever you do though, don't question the reality of the book, or the premise just falls to pieces. I understand that it's fiction, but some of the character's actions and thoughts seem too implausible, but don't pay attention to that if you want to enjoy the book. I always find chauvinistic underpinnings in this series. Seriosly, Bella-so helpless? In the end, this book is a great fun, light (emphasis on light) read. I read the entire series in a long-weekend at the beach. I just sat on the porch and read through. An apt analogy would be Pringles-irresistible, but totally empty calories. There's nothing wrong with it, but don't expect anything fully satisfying or earth-shattering. New Moon is a completely different story though-think Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It's a big angst-fest, fed with loads of inaction, and topped off with a dash of crazy. Anyway, the point was, read Twilight for some fun weekend reading if you want an easy, quick read.

P.S.-The movie is yet another awful rendering of the book. Kristin Stewart's man-voice and lack of anything resembling personality make Bella seem like a zombie. Also, the hair-dresser for the film should be shot, because he/she is crazy. However, the special effects and scenery were very nice though.

6 comments:

Arya said...

Haha! I feel the same way, though I doubt I could put it as wonderfully straightforward as that.

Amelia said...

Bahaha That was great. I loved Twilight, I won't lie. But, not in that obsessive kind of way. Great review of the book AND movie.

Cassandra said...

Agreed. The movie sucks. (I'm one of those haters who wants people to stop obsessing over the book. It's really nothing special.)

And not only does Kristen Stewart sound like a man, she looks like one too.

Bookworm said...

I haven't read this book because I refuse to give in to the huge obsession (although I admit, I have a copy on my shelf!). The movie was OK--Kristen Stewart is an awful actress, though!

Kate said...

Awesome review :D

Jen said...

I like the secondary characters in Twilight. They all seem to have ridiculously tragic back stories though. I find Edward really creepy and all Bella seems to do is make dinner. Their relationship seems unhealthy.

The movie had some really beautiful backdrop though.

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