Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
Date Finished: 18 Oct 2008
While I am sure I am not the last person out there to read this book, I did join the party a little late. Only, I don't think it is much of a party. After I turned the last page of this book I thought, "Really? This is the book that has everyone from pre-teen girls to well adjusted adult women practically swooning? I don't get it." I didn't hate the book but I certainly did not love it and I just don't get the fanatical reactions of so many other people. To each their own, I suppose.
From the very beginning I found Bella to be a very unlikeable character/narrator. She was whiny and selfish and boring. I honestly wondered if that was on purpose. Surely, no one would write such an annoying, pathetic character and expect the reader to like her. But apparently I was wrong.
This book really could have used a lot more editing than it received. A huge chunk of the book could have been reduced down to about 20 pages and not changed the story at all. Do I really need to know what Bella's favorite color is? There was way too much of Bella and Edward sitting around somewhere and talking. I was hopeful some of what they were jabbering on about would end up being important to the plot but no,it was just the two sitting around and talking. The book got really boring and if I was not reading it for the 24 hour read-a-thon I probably would not have kept going. Nothing was happening and then all of the sudden towards the very end it was like Meyer realized that maybe there should be some plot or action and threw a little something together.
I also do not get the connection between Bella and Edward. Nor do I understand why their relationship is being considered as some kind of epic love story. I thought the relationship was just a little unhealthy and weird. More of a lust story than a love story. Edward watching Bella sleep at night? Umm, creepy much? Bella clearly only liked Edward for his looks, because that is all she talked about, and I never did understand why Edward liked Bella other than the fact that she smelled really appetizing.
Well, now when I get asked if I've read Twilight I can say yes. I now know what all the hullabaloo is about, even if I don't get it.
It was completely unintentional on my part to post this on day that the Twilight movie premiered. It was just the next book in my stack to review and I actually had time to do so today.