Vampires...and One Clumsy Human
Oh, hello there! This book review contains spoilers of one of my favorite supernatural-romance books, Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. I read this book a week ago and let me tell you—it surprises you in a very good way. This book is for teens, and any young adult that wants entertainment will be pleasantly surprised. Anyway, let’s get on with the review!
“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.” – Goodreads.
I feel like I must admit to you, my readers, that I was a bit skeptical on reading this book. Since Goodreads is flooded with various reviews—most which say the book isn’t for adults—and I have read a large quantity regarding Twilight, I didn’t know what to do… read or skip?
Since I bought the Collector’s Edition Set (the white one) for Christmas, I decided to give it a try last week. And, like most of you have already guessed, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Before I start analyzing the novel, I want to say a few things. First of all, while most of the reviewers say that this book is not good, I realized that they say that because they aren’t the target audience Ms. Meyer was writing for… they aren’t teens, but adults. Second of all, in my opinion, this book is entertaining and well-written. Plus, if you’re from the target audience, you won’t notice if time even passes.
What I love about this book is that it doesn’t portray vampires like terrifying, blood-sucking creatures of the night. This proves otherwise—they can be good, and they might not even glance to the humans’ direction. While that is what angers most older readers the most, I was quite content to find out all writers have different ways on portraying the same supernatural species.
The book is, in my opinion, divided into three major stages. The first one is the captivation that draws the reader in… a.k.a. “Oh my God, this is so good!” stage, the second one in the “I’m kind of bored” stage, and the third and final one, the “Wow, what did just happen?” stage.
Bella and Edward’s development throughout the novel is good… not perfect, but just the right level. It fits the balance. It doesn’t upset the reader, unlike other books, which kind of have tragic characters falling in love with each other.
I’m not going to be spoiling the entire book, but I am going to list my favorite moments of it. So, be prepared, my dear reader, because these are some major spoilers.
1. The beginning, when Bella arrives to Forks.
I adore (or loathe) the beginning of books, and I was pleasantly surprised when Ms. Meyer pulled me out of the real world and into the rainy town of Forks, Washington. I really love that Bella is doing an act of selflessness for her mother and her new husband’s life.
2. Bella and Edward’s meeting.
This was something I was really excited about! Their very first meeting… in the biology classroom… when Edward literally sniffed around the room and found Bella’s scent so intoxicating, so delicious for him. Quite the man, Edward. It takes a lot of self-control, my friend, so I was indeed surprised when he just ignored her. I am not kidding.
3. The Vampire Baseball Game.
I mean, come on!? Who wouldn’t like to read a baseball game, where all the players are vamps? So cool… plus, I am pretty sure I have a book crush on Emmett Cullen.
4. James vs the Cullens.
As many of you might know, there is always a bad guy on books. Always. That or a controlling, cruel character that wants to make the protagonist’s life miserable. In this case, James, a vampire (not animal-eaters… or vegetarians, like the Cullens) tracks Bella down and pretends to be his mother, causing her to go back to her home in Arizona. There, she almost gets turned into a vampire. Spoiler: she doesn’t.
I find Bella really amusing. She doesn’t like prom. She doesn’t like “ceremonial” human things. She wants to spend the rest of her life, and possibly eternity, next to Edward. So, when she was whisked away for prom by her boyfriend, she wasn’t happy. At all. 100 points for you, Ms. Meyer, for making Bella so funny!
I think that these are the best moments of the entire book. I have really connected with the love story, the characters, and the author. So… if you want to spend a rainy afternoon absorbed into a book, this work is the right one for you!
I hope that you enjoyed this book review, and that you’ll give Twilight a chance! I’ve always thought “isn’t that the cliché book my friends have told me to read?” But I came to my senses and grabbed it without fear, and this led to quite a wonderful afternoon. If you get the book, my dearest reader, read it while it’s raining! It makes you feel cozy and warm. Until next month, my friends! 😊
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